24 Jan 2018: The rate of employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary graduates increased in 2017 and sits at a higher rate than for non-indigenous graduates, according to the 2017 Graduate Outcomes Survey.
The results of the survey, released earlier this month, reveal that 78.3 per cent of indigenous graduates have obtained full-time employment (up from 74.5% in 2016), compared to 72.1 per cent for non-indigenous graduates.
The overall employment rate for indigenous tertiary graduates has also increased to 89.3 per cent (up from 86% in 2016). This compares to a rate of 86.6 per cent for non-indigenous tertiary graduates – representing a marginal increase from 86.5 per cent.
The labour force participation rate for indigenous graduates has also increased marginally from 89.9 per cent in 2016 to 90.7 per cent in 2017. This is lower than the labour force participation rate for non-indigenous people, which stands at 92.1 per cent.
In the field of accounting, incorporating both indigenous and non-indigenous graduates, there is a slight increase in full-time employment in 2017 to 78 per cent (up from 76.2% in 2016), but a marginal decrease in overall employment from 86.4 per cent in 2016 to 86.1 per cent in 2017. The labour force participation rate has increased in 2017 to 97.2 per cent (up from 96.5%).
The Graduate Outcomes Survey GOS is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. It is a national online survey covering 97 higher education institutions (41 universities and 56 non-university higher education institutions).
In 2017, 120,747 survey responses were received, representing a 45 per cent response rate.
Of the 120,747 surveys responses, 980 were received from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, which equals 0.8 per cent of the total.