The aim of the Top Graduate Employers list is to recognise those organisations which provide the most positive experience for their new graduates as determined by the graduates themselves.
The Top Graduate Employers list was created from a survey of 2,600 graduates which was conducted in January and February 2013.
The survey participants are all current graduates who joined their employer's graduate program sometime in 2012, so they have up to 12 months of full-time experience with their organisation.
The survey is completed anonymously and graduates are asked to rate their employer on around 25 different categories including:
Orientation or induction program
Training and development program
Quality of work
Supervisor or manager
Compensation and benefits
All the individual responses from graduates at a particular employer are combined and used to determine an overall average rating for that organisation. This same process is followed for each separate employer to produce an overall average rating for each organisation based on the responses of its own graduates. All of these overall average ratings are then compared and ranked to produce a list of the Top Graduate Employers - the 100 employers with the highest overall average rating are shown on this website.
This analysis of responses from graduates in relation to 25 different categories provides a comprehensive measurement of each employer's performance across a broad range of criteria.
The use of overall average ratings (subject to a minimum number of responses) results in a fair and objective list which does not discriminate against either small, medium or large organisations.
The Top 100 list doesn't include every employer that is actively recruiting in the Australian market. Some employers didn't participate in the graduate survey and therefore we have no data to determine a rating. Other employers did participate in this survey but didn't have a sufficiently high response to be included in the Top 100.
The survey is conducted by the Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE), the peak industry body for the graduate recruitment and development market.