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QILT Surveys


The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) is a group of national surveys of the higher education sector established by the Department of Education and Training.  The aim of the QILT surveys is to collect information on the experiences of higher education students, and the teaching performance of institutions, for the Australian Government and the sector.  Results from these surveys will also be published on the Government’s QILT website, in order to provide prospective students with relevant information that will help them make decisions about their study options.  The information from these surveys will also assist the University to improve the educational experience of our own students, a key goal of our Beacon strategic plan.

The QILT surveys will collect student experience data at various stages throughout the student life cycle, from enrolment through to graduation and subsequent employment.

There are three major surveys included in the QILT:

Previously, national information on the student experience was only collected in the Australian Graduate Survey (AGS), which was given to students shortly after they completed their studies.  The AGS also collected information on graduate outcomes (e.g. employment), which will also be collected through QILT.  From 2016 onwards, the AGS will be discontinued and replaced by the QILT surveys.

For information on the management of other surveys within the University, see the SELT Surveys page and the Surveys website.

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For more details, contact David Hirst on (08) 831 37570.


Student Experience Survey (SES)


The Student Experience Survey (SES) (formerly the University Experience Survey) is an annual survey that collects information about the experience and engagement of current undergraduate students at Australian universities. The survey was first conducted in 2012, and is currently administered nationally by the Social Research Centre (SRC).

Planning and Analytics is responsible for the coordination of data from the SES for the University of Adelaide. The survey data informs policy formulation, strategic planning and quality improvement initiatives for the University, the higher education sector and the Australian Government.

For information on the management of other surveys within the University, see SELT Surveys page or the Surveys website.


The scope of the SES is undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in the first or last year of their degree at an Australian higher education institution. A random sample of students is selected to receive the survey, on the basis of their institution and the subject of their degree. The survey is distributed during second semester each year.

The main part of the SES consists of a series of questions about the quality of specific aspects of the student experience. The questions are divided into five main focus areas:

  • Skills Development
  • Learner Engagement
  • Teaching Quality
  • Student Support
  • Learning Resources

The SES also asks whether students considered leaving university prior to completing their degree, and about the reasons for doing this.


The Commonwealth produces summary results in their National SES reports.

The University's own most recent Institutional Report and Program level results are also available.

Additionally, each of the Faculties has addressed student feedback captured in the 2014 survey.


Graduate Outcomes Survey

The GOS will be the main replacement for the AGS as the principal source of information on the outcomes and experiences of university graduates after they finish their studies.  The aim, scope and timing of the GOS will be similar to that of the AGS.  The new survey will still focus on the employment and further study outcomes of graduates, and on their experiences of the program they recently completed.  The scope of the GOS will still include all graduates who completed an undergraduate, postgraduate coursework or postgraduate research degree, and all graduates in this scope will be surveyed.

Like the AGS, the GOS will be conducted in two rounds each year.  Graduates who complete their degree in the first half of the year will be surveyed in November (of the same year), while graduates who complete in the second half of the year will be surveyed in May (of the following year).  The first round of the GOS was conducted in November 2015, for graduates who completed in the first half of 2015.  The results of the GOS will be released annually after the end of the May round, and this is expected to occur sometime in the second half of each year (the external survey administrator is yet to confirm the timing).

In order to examine the outcomes of graduates over a longer term, the GOS will have a longitudinal component (GOS-L).  Graduates who respond to the GOS will be followed up by the SRC three years after the original survey, provided that they give consent to do so, and asked similar questions about their career.  The first round of the GOS-L, surveying 2012 graduates, is being conducted in February 2016.

For more details, contact David Hirst on (08) 831 37570.


Employer Satisfaction Survey

The final component of QILT is the ESS, which surveys the employers of university graduates, rather than the graduates themselves. The aim of the ESS is to determine the opinions of employers on the quality of the graduates that they employ, and on how well university study prepared them for employment.  The population for the ESS will be constructed from the responses to the GOS.  Graduates who are in employment will be asked during the GOS if they are willing to provide the contact details of their employer or supervisor for the purpose of the ESS.  The employer would then be contacted about the ESS after the GOS fieldwork has finished.  The first round of the ESS is expected to take place shortly after the November 2015 round of the GOS.

For more details, contact David Hirst on (08) 831 37570.

Australian Graduate Survey

The Australian Graduate Survey (AGS) was a national survey that collected information on the experiences and destinations of university graduates.  The survey data informed policy formulation, strategic planning and quality improvement initiatives for the University.

There were three survey components:

  • Graduate Destination Survey (GDS) for all graduates
  • Coursework Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework graduates
  • Postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire (PREQ) for postgraduate research graduates

The University's results (including program level data) are available from 2004 onwards:

The following link contains the most recent results produced for the University's Careers Service, and includes the top employers of University of Adelaide graduates, the methods used by graduates to find work and the occupations of graduates by field of study.

National benchmarking institutional level results are available from 2002 onwards. The following link contains the most recent national indicator scores for each University (including the University of Adelaide), and the change in the scores from the previous year.

The national results of the AGS were published by Graduate Careers Australia and reported in the Good Universities Guide.  A summary of research findings can also be found in summary publications, GradFiles & GradStats.

For more details, contact David Hirst on (08) 831 37570.


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