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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 2021 Candidate Survey marks the 14th 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.

2021 Candidate Survey

The 2021 Candidate Survey is based on research conducted by the AAGE with over 3,600 responses from candidates joining 109 different organisations in 2021. Participating employers included:

Accenture Australia, ACT Government, AECOM, Allens, AMP Services, Anglo American Metallurgical Coal, ANZ, Arcadis, Arup, Ashurst, Atlassian, Attorney-General's Department, Auditor-General's Department - SA, Aurecon, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Federal Police, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Public Service Commission (APSC), Australian Securities & Investments Commission, Australian Taxation Office, BAE Systems Australia, Bankwest, BDO, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, BHP, BP Australia, Brisbane City Council, Carlton & United Breweries, Chevron Australia, CIMIC Group, Coles, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Deloitte, Department of Defence, Department of Education (WA), Department of Education, Skills and Employment, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (VIC), Department of Finance, Department of Finance (WA), Department of Home Affairs, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, Department of Social Services, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Transport (VIC), Department of Veterans' Affairs, Energy Queensland, Evolution Mining, EY, FDM Group, Flinders Port Holdings, FTI Consulting, Fujitsu, GHD, Glencore Australia, Grant Thornton, HBF, IRESS, King & Wood Mallesons, KordaMentha, KPMG, Kraft Heinz Company, Leidos, Linfox, Lockheed Martin, Macquarie Group Services, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, Monadelphous, MYOB, NAB, National Indigenous Australians Agency, NEC Australia, NetApp, Newcrest, Newmont Goldcorp Australia, Norton Rose Fullbright, NTT, Optiver, PEXA, Pitcher Partners, Public Transport Authority of WA, PwC, Quantium, Queensland Urban Utilities, RAA, Rail Projects Victoria, REA Group, Rio Tinto, RSM Australia, SA Power Networks, Saab Australia, Santos, ShineWing, SIG, South32, Sydney Water, Synergy, Tasmanian Networks, Teach For Australia, Telstra, ThoughtWorks Australia, Transport for NSW, Victorian Government Graduate Program, VMware, Water Corporation, Westpac, 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 2021 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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