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Candidate Survey


This annual survey summarises the views of around 3,500 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 2024 Candidate Survey marks the 17th 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. An insights report is released in November. We invite every employer on our database to participate.

2024 Candidate Survey

The 2024 Candidate Survey is based on research conducted by the AAGE with over 3,600 responses from candidates joining 156 different organisations in 2024. Participating employers included:

Ability Action Australia, Accenture Australia, ACCIONA, ACT Government, Adobe, AECOM, Alstom Transport Australia, AMP, AngloGold Ashanti, ANZ, APA Group, Arcadis, Arup, ASC, Atlassian, Auditor-General's Department (SA), Aurecon, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian National Audit Office, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Australian Public Service Commission, Australian Taxation Office, AustralianSuper, Babcock, BAE Systems Australia, Baker Hughes, Bankwest, BDO, Beca, BOC, Brisbane City Council, Canva, Capgemini, CIMIC Group, Clayton Utz, Clough, Coles, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Consolidated Power Projects, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, CSIRO, CyberCX, Datacom, Defence SA, Deloitte, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QLD), Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, Department of Defence, Department of Education (VIC), Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, Department of Finance, Department of Finance (WA), Department of Health (VIC), Department of Health and Aged Care, Department of Industry, Science and Resources, Department of Resources (QLD), Department of Social Services, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transport and Main Roads (QLD), Department of Transport and Planning (VIC), Deutsche Bank, DEWC Services, DLA Piper, Elders, Energy Queensland, EY, Fivecast, FTI Consulting, Fujitsu, Fulton Hogan, GHD, Gilbert + Tobin, Glencore Australia, GMHBA, Grant Thornton, GUD, Hanson Australia, HeliMods, Hydro Tasmania, IAG, IGO, IMC Trading, Jemena/Zinfra, John Holland Group, King & Wood Mallesons, KordaMentha, KPMG, Laing O'Rourke, Leidos, Linfox, Lockheed Martin, Macquarie Group Services, Main Roads WA, Monadelphous, Mott MacDonald, MYOB, NAB, nbn, Newcrest, NSW Department of Customer Service, NSW Department of Education, NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Office of the Auditor General (WA), Optiver, Optus, Pitcher Partners, Policy Futures Graduate Program (QLD Government), Powercor, Powerlink Queensland, Public Transport Authority of WA, PwC, Qantas, QBE Insurance, QinetiQ, Quantium, Queensland Audit Office, Queensland Government Customer and Digital Group, Queensland Treasury, Rabobank, REA Group, Reece Group, ResMed, Rio Tinto, RSM Australia, SA Power Networks, Saab Australia, Santos, SEEK, Services Australia, SIG, Stantec, Stanwell, Suburban Rail Loop Authority, Suncorp, Sydney Water, Synergy, SYSTRA ANZ, TAL, Tasmanian Networks, Teach For Australia, Thiess, Toll, Transgrid, Ventia, Vicinity Centres, Victorian Auditor-General's Office, Victorian Government Graduate Program, VivCourt, Water Corporation, Western Power, Westpac, White & Case, Wilmar Sugar, Wood, WSP, Xero.

The AAGE Candidate Survey provides insights into the motivations and perceptions of, and experience with, the 2024 graduate campaign including:

  • Factors which influence application and offer acceptance decisions
  • Experience through the recruitment and selection process
  • The use of artificial intelligence in recruitment and selection processes
  • Discernment around offer acceptance and the reasons why candidates renege
  • An understanding of ideal working arrangements.

The 2023 AAGE Candidate Survey Insights 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: $300 + GST
  • AAGE Member (Not-For-Profit): $200 + GST
  • Participating Non-Member: $500 + GST
  • Standard Rate (Non-Member): $600 + GST

Each organisation ordering the report will be sent a soft copy (PDF) along with a set of PowerPoint slides, showing all the charts from the insights report.

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