ComparED information

The ComparED website brings together data from the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) surveys which focus on the quality of learning and teaching at Australian higher education institutions. The surveys are completed by current students and graduates. QILT and ComparED are Australian Government initiatives aimed at improving the transparency and quality in higher education.

ComparED allows you to compare institutional performance across 12 key indicators of quality teaching and learning practices, focusing on overall satisfaction of current students, recent graduates and their employment outcomes. Course Seeker displays 4 of the 12 indicators: positive student experience, graduate satisfaction, employment outcomes and median graduate salary. The data source for each of the 4 indicators is outlined below.

ComparED provides independent, impartial information about student experiences and graduate outcomes and gives valuable feedback to Australian institutions.


The data is not available at the individual course level because there are insufficient survey responses for each course. Survey results are instead displayed across 21 study areas, which have been grouped according to related fields of education. The groupings are structured around the Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED). Click here to see a full breakdown of the 21 study areas.

Data Source for the Four Indicators

Positive Student Experience: Information about the student learning experiences is sourced from the Student Experience Survey (SES). The SES is a comprehensive survey completed by commencing students and later-year undergraduate students currently enrolled at Australian higher education institutions.

Graduate Satisfaction: Information about graduate satisfaction is sourced from the Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) which is completed by graduates in conjunction with the Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS).

Overall Employment: The graduate employment outcomes are sourced from the Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) which is completed by  undergraduate students from Australian higher education institutions around 4 months after completing their course. The GOS provides information on the labour market outcomes and further study activities of graduates.

Median Graduate Salary: The median salary for graduates is sourced from the Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS).

Missing Data

If the number of QILT survey participants is less than 25, then survey results won’t be reported, and the website will display the message ‘L/N’ which means number of survey responses is too low. This is because results from such small samples could be misleading.

If the data is not available, the website will display the message ‘Survey data does not exist’ or ‘N/A’.

When there are at least 25 QILT survey responses and the raw results for an indicator are zero per cent, the website will display the result as ‘0’. For example, if 30 responses were received from graduates and none of these people were engaged in full-time employment, the result for this indicator would be ‘0%’.

To view the full range of indicators, visit the ComparED website.

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