Notre Dame University tops in WA for Graduate Employment, Median Salaries

Scores a first in six out of seven Federal Government survey indicators

The University of Notre Dame Australia has topped all WA unis in six out of seven categories in the Federal Government's Graduate Outcomes Survey.

12 January 2018

Data released today (Friday 12 January) by the Federal Government show that Notre Dame University has bucked the national trend when it comes to successful employment outcomes.

While recent reports suggest that 30 percent of graduates across Australia fail to gain work four months after leaving university, the government’s newly released Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) recognises Notre Dame as the number one university in Western Australia for graduate ‘Full-time Employment’ and ‘Overall Employment’.

Notre Dame’s high student to staff ratio, access to on-Campus support services and levels of practical learning as part of each degree were also acknowledged with top ratings in WA for ‘Overall Graduate Satisfaction’.

Results from the GOS, published on the government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website (, show Notre Dame scoring a first in six of seven key indicators – ‘Overall Graduate Satisfaction’, ‘Teaching Scale’, ‘Skills Scale’, ‘Full-time Employment’, ‘Overall Employment’ and ‘Median Salary’.

It is the first time that Notre Dame has come out tops in the Median Salary category, with a reported average salary of $62,000 - $4,000 more than the national average of $58,000.

Today’s data follows the results of the government’s Employer Satisfaction Survey released earlier this week in which Notre Dame came out tops in WA with an overall satisfaction rating of 89.1 percent, well above the national average of 84 percent.

The GOS is unique in that it draws feedback from graduates with the aim of helping future students make informed decisions about study by enabling them to compare universities across states and disciplines. More than 120,700 graduates from across Australia responded to the GOS surveys in November 2016 and May 2017, including more than 4,000 graduates from Notre Dame’s Fremantle and Sydney Campuses.

This result builds on Notre Dame’s achievements in the government’s Student Experience Survey, published on the QILT website in April - placing the University first in Western Australia in five of seven key indicators – ‘Overall Quality of Education Experience’, ‘Teaching Quality’, ‘Skills Development’, ‘Learner Engagement’ and ‘Student Support’.

Professor Celia Hammond, Notre Dame Vice Chancellor, said the GOS results reflected the success of the University’s distinctive, personal and practical approach to learning.

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