Western Australian graduates remain highest paid in the country

Western Australian universities continue to outperform the rest of Australia when it comes to delivering their students into high-paying jobs, according to The Good Universities Guide 2017, released today by the Good Education Group. 

Three out of the five Western Australian universities scored five-star ratings for ‘overall salary’. The University of Western Australia was ranked the highest nationally, with an impressive median graduate salary of $63,000. The University of Notre Dame Australia and Edith Cowan University also made the top 20 per cent at $59,800 and $59,500, respectively.

Head of Product at the Good Education Group, Ross White, said that the results show that location is a strong influence on graduate employment outcomes, as well university.

“Western Australian universities have dominated in measures of salary in recent years, with all five universities boasting a median graduate salary of $58,000 or above. This compares to states such as Victoria and Tasmania, where median salaries all sat at $56,000 or below. It will be interesting to see if graduates in the West continue to reap these rewards as the economic climate changes.”

Edith Cowan University and the University of Notre Dame Australia were stand-outs across the ratings in general. Both universities received five-star ratings in seven out of the 13 categories, including ‘overall quality of educational experience’, ‘teaching quality’, ‘learner engagement’ and ‘skills development’.

Chris Lester, Chief Executive Officer of the Good Education Group, notes that this year’s ratings make a strong case for students considering interstate study options.

“Despite Western Australia’s strong performance in many areas, only two to three per cent of the student population come from interstate.

“Australian school leavers are traditionally hesitant to travel for study, particularly compared to their overseas peers, but the ratings indicate that Western Australia has a lot to offer students who are prepared to think more broadly about their choice of course and institution.”

The Good Universities Guide 2017 provides the only independent five-star performance ratings of Australian undergraduate courses and their providers.

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Top performers

GUG17 WA ratings table

Note: Universities are awarded five stars if they fall within the top 20 per cent of all universities

 

About the ratings

Quality of educational experience

This rating looks at the proportion of students who were satisfied with the overall quality of their educational experience.

Overall employment

This rating compares the employment rates of graduates from different universities. It looks at the proportion of graduates who were employed full time four months after completing their course. Data has been sourced from the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) and is based on the results of the Graduate Destination Survey.

Overall salary

This rating compares the median salary of graduates from different universities. Data has been sourced from the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) and is based on the results of the Graduate Destination Survey.

 

About The Good Universities Guide

Australia’s most trusted resource on higher education, The Good Universities Guide allows students to compare all undergraduate degrees and institutions against one another based on relevant criteria. Visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au for more information.

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