Enacting Strategies to Advance Graduate Employability


This collaborative project responds to growing social and economic demands for graduates who can negotiate rapidly trans-forming employment contexts. The project will synthesise a significant body of re-search to advance understanding of students' attainment of employability skills.

With a focus on action and embeddedness, the project will include case studies with graduates and with students transitioning from study into work, consulting widely with academic leaders, employers and teaching staff. Challenges for graduates of general degrees are of particular interest, and with this in mind the project will concentrate on fields of study within the per-forming and visual arts, life sciences, hummanities and computer sciences.

Grounded in and supported by examples of best practice, the project will develop an action framework to engage and showcase best practice with employers, students, graduates and institutions.

Project team


Professor Dawn Bennett (Curtin University) and Dr Philip MacKinnon (Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and University of Melbourne).


  • Professor Hamish Coates (Melbourne CSHE, University of Melbourne)
  • Ms Marian Mahat (Melbourne CSHE, University of Melbourne)
  • Professor Phil Poronnik (University of Sydney)
  • Dr Sarah Richardson (ACER)
  • Dr Lisa Schmidt (Flinders University).

More information

Visit the Graduate Employability website.

Contact the project team: esage@acer.edu.au

Project partners

  • Curtin University
  • ACER
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Sydney
  • Flinders University



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