Charles Darwin University gets top marks for graduate employment and salary outcomes

The Northern Territory’s Charles Darwin University (CDU) has ranked as a top national performer in The Good Universities Guide 2017, released today by the Good Education Media

The university has been recognised for its strong graduate outcomes, rating five stars for ‘overall salary’, with a median graduate salary of $60,000, and ‘overall employment’, with an 82 per cent graduate employment rate.

Looking at specific fields of study, CDU has also emerged as a frontrunner in a number of areas, boasting the top employment rate or median salary across six different fields.

CDU law graduates are the best paid in Australia, with a median salary of $73,000. The university also took out equal top spot in the teacher education category with Edith Cowan University, at $62,000.

In terms of graduate employment rates, the university performed impressively, taking out top spot for engineering (96 per cent); humanities, culture and social sciences (81 per cent); psychology (73 per cent); and science and mathematics (79 per cent).

Chris Lester, Chief Executive Officer of the Good Education Media, said that graduate starting salaries and positive full-time employment outcomes are key factors for students when considering where they want to study.

“In this economic environment, students want to be assured that they will have every chance of finding a well-paid, secure job once they have completed their studies, and Charles Darwin University is certainly delivering in this area.”

The Good Universities Guide 2017 provides the only independent five-star performance ratings of Australian undergraduate courses and their providers.

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2017 Good Universities Guide Ratings

GUG17 NT ratings table

Note: Universities are awarded five stars if they fall within the top 20 per cent of all universities


About the ratings

Teaching quality

This rating looks at the proportion of students who were satisfied with the quality of teaching they experienced. It is based on students’ ratings of their overall educational experience; the quality of teaching they received; and the extent to which they felt lecturers and tutors actively engaged them in and demonstrated concern for learning, provided clear explanations of coursework and assessment, inspired them intellectually, seemed helpful and approachable and provided useful feedback on work, among various other factors.

Overall employment

This rating compares the employment rates of graduates from different universities. It looks at the proportion of graduates who were employed full time four months after completing their course. Data has been sourced from the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) and is based on the results of the Graduate Destination Survey.

Overall salary

This rating compares the median salary of graduates from different universities. Data has been sourced from the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) and is based on the results of the Graduate Destination Survey.


About The Good Universities Guide

Australia’s most trusted resource on higher education, The Good Universities Guide allows students to compare all undergraduate degrees and institutions against one another based on relevant criteria. Visit for more information.

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