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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 2022 Candidate Survey marks the 15th 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.

2022 Candidate Survey

The 2022 Candidate Survey is based on research conducted by the AAGE with over 3,200 responses from candidates joining 111 different organisations in 2022. Participating employers included:

Accenture Australia, Accenture New Zealand, ACT Government, AECOM, Allens, AMP Services, Anglo American Metallurgical Coal, ANZ, APA Group, Arup, Ashurst, Atlassian, Attorney-General’s Department, Auditor-General’s Department - SA, Aurecon, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian National Audit Office, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Australian Securities & Investments Commission, Australian Taxation Office, BAE Systems Australia, Bankwest, BDO, BP Australia, Capgemini, Cardno, Carlton & United Breweries & Asahi Beverages, Chevron Australia, CIMIC Group, Clayton Utz, Clean Energy Regulator, Clough, Coles, Colin Biggers & Paisley, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC), CyberCX, Datacom, Deloitte, Department of Defence, Department of Education (WA), Department of Education, Skills and Employment, Department of Finance (WA), Department of Home Affairs, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, Department of Justice and Community Safety (VIC), Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Transport (VIC), Department of Transport and Main Roads (Qld), Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Energy Queensland, EY, FDM Group, Findex, Ford, FTI Consulting, GHD, Glencore Australia, Hanson Australia, IMC Trading, INPEX Australia, King & Wood Mallesons, KordaMentha, KPMG, Laing O’Rourke, Leidos, Lendlease, Linfox, Lockheed Martin, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, Mineral Resources, MinterEllison, Monadelphous, MYOB, NAB, National Indigenous Australians Agency, NEC Australia, Newcrest, Nova Group, NTT, Optiver, PEXA, Pitcher Partners, Public Transport Authority of WA, PwC, Quantium, Queensland Government Customer and Digital Group, Raytheon Australia, REA Group, Reece Group, Rio Tinto, RSM Australia, SA Power Networks, Saab Australia, Santos, ShineWing, SIG, Suncorp, Sydney Water, Synergy, SYSTRA Scott Lister, Teach For Australia, Telstra, Thiess, ThoughtWorks Australia, Transport for NSW, Unilever Australia, Victorian Government Graduate Program, Westpac, Wood, Xero.

The AAGE Candidate Survey provides the latest information on:

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

This year we have also collected data about the views of candidates on virtual vs in-person events, their actions once they accept an offer and their ideal work arrangements with an employer.

The 2022 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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