Graduate Outcomes Survey Longitudinal

Client: Australian Government Department of Education and Training

The Graduate Outcomes Survey - Longitudinal (GOS-L) is one component of the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) suite of surveys. The GOS-L is a follow-up to the Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) and the largest Australian longitudinal study of graduates. The research is being conducted for the Australian Government Department of Education by the Social Research Centre.

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The Social Research Centre is commissioned as an agent of the Australian Government Department of Education (the department) under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to conduct the QILT suite of surveys.

The survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes, depending on your answers and experiences since graduating.

All graduates invited to participate in the GOS-L are initially approached via email. Some graduates may also receive an invitation via SMS or telephone call.

The GOS-L measures what graduates are doing in terms of work and further study three years after completing their studies. Based on experiences from graduates, institutions have been able to improve their courses, and outcomes for future graduates.

The results of this survey also help the higher education sector and the government improve students’ course experience and enhance teaching and learning in Australian higher education institutions to improve graduate outcomes.

The GOS-L takes place in February/March, three to four years after completing your studies.

Graduates of participating Australian higher education institutions are invited to complete the GOS-L about three years after they have completed studying. All graduates approached undertook the GOS three years prior and did not opt-out from being recontacted for further research upon completion of the survey. Contact details are collected from the respondents in the GOS and from higher education institutions who provide these details to the department. In compliance with privacy laws, the department has only provided information about you to the Social Research Centre that is directly relevant to this research – all information is transmitted via a secure file exchange.

The Social Research Centre complies with the Australian Privacy Principles. No direct identifying information (such as name or phone number) forms part of the final data. A unique identifying number is retained to ensure students are only contacted again as appropriate. Only aggregated data will appear on the QILT website.

For further information on our privacy policy, please see www.srcentre.com.au/research-participants#privacy.

If you have any questions about your participation in the survey or would like to make a time for an interviewer to call you, please call the Social Research Centre on 1800 055 818 (a free call). General information about the Graduate Outcomes Survey can be found at www.gos.edu.au/l.

In total there are five prize draws open to participants. Detailed information regarding the prize draws, including the prize draw terms and conditions, and publication of winners can be found here: www.srcentre.com.au/gostcs.