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Candidate Survey


This annual survey summarises the views of around 3,000 candidates who have participated in selection processes and have been offered graduate employment with at least one employer. The survey collects data on a range of issues including most used sources of careers information, aspirational employers, factors influencing choice of employer and views on the best employer in each market sector.

The first AAGE Candidate Survey was launched to coincide with the 2008 graduate intake. Our 2020 Candidate Survey marks the 13th consecutive year of conducting this survey.

Why is it useful?

Employers use the survey results to understand the motivations and opinions of high quality candidates.

When does it happen?

Data collection for the Candidate Survey takes place between May and October. Participation is free. A summary report is released in November. We invite every employer on our database to participate.


2020 Candidate Survey

The 2020 Candidate Survey is based on research conducted by the AAGE with over 3,200 responses from candidates joining 122 different organisations in 2020. Participating employers included:

Accenture Australia, AECOM Australia, Allens, Allianz Australia, AMP Services, Anglo American Metallurgical Coal, ANZ Banking Group (Aust), APA Group, Arup, Ashurst, Atlassian, Attorney-General's Department, Auditor-General's Department - SA, Aurecon Australiasia, Aurizon, Australian National Audit Office, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Australian Public Service Commission (APSC), Australian Securities & Investments Commission, Australian Taxation Office, BAE Systems Australia, Bank of Queensland, Bankwest, BHP Billiton, BP Australia, British American Tobacco, Caltex, Carlton & United Breweries, Chevron Australia, CIMIC Group, Coles, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ConocoPhillips, Deloitte, Department of Communications and the Arts, Department of Defence, Department of Education and Training, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (VIC), Department of Finance, Department of Finance (WA), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Health, Department of Home Affairs, Department of Human Services, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, Department of the Environment and Energy, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of the Treasury, Department of Treasury (WA), Department of Transport (VIC), Downer Group, Energy Queensland, Ernst & Young, Ford Motor Company of Australia, FTI Consulting, GHD, Glencore Australia Holdings, Grant Thornton Australia, HLB Mann Judd, Holcim Australia, IRESS, King & Wood Mallesons, KordaMentha, KPMG, Kraft Heinz Company, Leidos, Lendlease, Linfox Australia, Lockheed Martin Australia, Main Roads Western Australia, McConnell Dowell, Monadelphous Group, National Australia Bank, Nestle Australia, Norman Disney & Young, NSW Department of Communities and Justice, NSW Department of Customer Service, NSW Department of Education, NSW Department of Planning and Environment, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, NSW Public Service Commission, NTT, Optiver, Origin Energy, Pitcher Partners, Procter & Gamble Australia, Public Transport Authority, PwC, Qantas Airways, Quantium, Queensland Audit Office, Queensland Treasury, REA Group, Reece Group, Reserve Bank of Australia, Rio Tinto, SA Power Networks, SA Water Corporation, Saab Australia, Santos, Schneider Electric Australia, ShineWing Australia, South32, Susquehanna Pacific, Sydney Water, Tasmanian Networks, Teach For Australia, TechnologyOne, Telstra Corporation, Thales, Thoughtworks Australia, Toll, Transport for NSW, Victorian Government Graduate Program, Water Corporation, Westpac Group, White & Case, Wood, Woodside Energy, Xero.

The AAGE Candidate Survey provides the latest information on:

  • Candidate applications
  • Job hunting techniques
  • Factors which influence application and offer acceptance decisions
  • Views on best employers in the industry
  • Future plans of candidates.

The 2020 AAGE Candidate Survey Summary Report is now available for purchase. Please click here to place your order.

The price structure is as follows:

  • AAGE Participating Member: FREE (member participants have been automatically sent a copy of the report)
  • AAGE Member: $250 + GST
  • AAGE Member (Not-For-Profit): $150 + GST
  • Participating Non-Member: $400 + GST
  • Standard Rate (Non-Member): $500 + GST

Each organisation ordering the report will be sent a soft copy (PDF).

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