ACT the place to be for employment and entrepreneurial opportunities

ACT universities are providing students with strong employment prospects and graduate starting salaries, according to The Good Universities Guide.

Analysis from The Good Universities Guide 2018, released today by Good Education Media, shows Australian National University and University of Canberra exceed the national average for Starting Salary and Full-Time Employment. This bucks the trend nationally, where most graduates are struggling to enter the workforce full-time and achieve a decent starting salary.

This was particularly evident in the field of computing and information systems, with both universities achieving five-star ratings for Full-Time Employment.

“ACT has emerged as a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity”, says Good Education Media’s Head of Data and Analytics Ross White.

‘There has been significant investment in technology for the future of work, which is driving the state’s start-up boom.”

Overall, 70 per cent of ACT graduates find full-time employment within four months of graduation, just above the national average (69.5 per cent). These results place both ACT universities higher than Group of Eight universities University of Western Australia, University of Melbourne and The University of Adelaide.

Australian National University and University of Canberra graduates also earn more than the national average — $58,800 and $58,000 respectively, compared to the national average of $56,000.

“At ANU, we work hard to make sure our students are given the best opportunity to succeed in whatever their chosen field,” Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, acting Vice-Chancellor said.

“We are delighted to see such strong results for our graduates across a range of endeavours.”

The Good Universities Guide is produced by Good Education Media, Australia’s leading provider of independent education ratings and information. For more information visit

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Full-Time Employment Graduate Starting Salary Student Experience
Australian National University 70.0% $58,800 80.0%
University of Canberra  70.0% $58,000 78.0%
National average 69.5% $56,000 79.9%

Source: The Good Universities Guide 2018

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