Building partnerships to drive graduate employability
Conference Date
24th - 25th March 2020
Victoria University City Convention Centre, Melbourne
Early Bird - Save $400
Book by 31/01/20


How are you going to enhance your employability strategy?
As the Federal Government’s review of performance-based funding comes into effect, it is more imperative than ever for universities to address and improve the employment outcomes of their students. With this funding on the line, now is a crucial time for institutions to assess how they are going to bridge the gap between employability and employment outcomes. To improve those outcomes, universities will have to address both access and equity in graduate employability, as well as determine how educators and industry can best prepare students for the changing world of work.

The Enhancing Graduate Employment Outcomes conference is your chance to join like-minded peers from universities across the country in exploring proposed solutions to address the challenges inherent to producing work-ready graduates. Learn from industry leaders as they share their trials and successes in working towards developing strategies to enhance graduate employability and ultimately produce career-ready students.

By attending, you’ll be able to
  • Develop a vision to take your graduate employability strategy to the next level
  • Contextualise your experience against international case studies
  • Position your university for success in the face of changes to funding
  • Learn what works (and what doesn’t) from subject matter experts
  • Understand how to overcome curriculum-related challenges
  • Engage with peers and leaders in the graduate employability field
Who will attend?
Senior leaders from universities, TAFEs & RTOs with responsibility for:
  • Graduate Employability
  • Graduate Employment
  • Careers & Student Development
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Student Success

Benefits of Attending

  • Bridge the gap between employability & employment outcomes
  • Embed equity & access into graduate employability strategies
  • Reimagine industry partnerships & collaborate to produce work-ready graduates
  • Explore the future of work integrated learning
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Key Speakers

Professor Marcus O’Donnell
Pro Vice-Chancellor Teaching & Learning
Deakin University
Dr Miriam Firth
Senior Lecturer, Director of Teaching & Learning Strategy
The University of Manchester
Professor Richard Miles
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education - Enterprise & Engagement
The University of Sydney
Professor Susan Rowland
Deputy Associate Dean Academic (Future Students & Employability), Faculty of Science
University of Queensland


What People Are Saying

  • “Graduate employment outcomes will be the most important factor under the performancebased funding model for universities.”

    The Hon Dan Tehan MP
    Minister for Education, October 2019


  • Date: 26 May 2016  By: Leah Shmerling

    Fay is a student enrolled to study a marketing course. She has forgone her full-time job to work part-time to help make ends meet, and tries to balance her personal and study life. At her tertiary institute, she regularly attends weekly classes, completes the reading, and works diligently to write and submit the unit assessments. …

  • Date: 17 Apr 2016  By: Judi Green

    Career success for university graduates requires the involvement of all stakeholders. The outcomes are best when the university leadership is actively involved. Monash University has been innovative in this area, and the Focus Monash: Strategic Plan 2015-2020, includes aims for ensuring that the skills Monash students learn prepare them for a successful and varied career. …

  • Date: 6 Apr 2016  By: Josephine O'Brien

    Research shows that the student experience can make a big difference in employability, but only if strategies are embedded in curriculum and assessment, and only when employability is championed by every educator in every subject. Through an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching grant, Associate Professor Shelley Kinash led a team of researchers to …

  • Date: 23 Mar 2016  By: Shirley Alexander

    At the recent annual Universities Australia conference, the opening keynote speaker, Jo Ritzen, ­argued that graduate outcomes have as much impact on innovation as research. Noting that “unlike iron ore, higher education is a value added export”, Dr Ritzen called for greater investment and support for education to enable it to make the contribution to …

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