Issue 8
Monday, 07 October 2019
Charles Darwin University
CDU graduates enjoy the highest starting salaries in Australia
CDU graduates enjoy the highest starting salaries in Australia

CDU in the lead where it matters

By Robyn McDougall

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is ahead of most other Australian universities in two measures that matter most to students: finding work after graduation and their starting salaries.

The Good Universities Guide 2019 – 2020 has reported that CDU graduates achieved the highest graduate starting salaries of $65,200, which represents equal first place with the University of Southern Queensland.

CDU was also ranked second of all universities in Australia in the number of its graduates who secure full-time employment. 

Some 83% of CDU graduates were in full-time work after graduation, the guide reported. 

The Vice-Chancellor of CDU, Professor Simon Maddocks, said the five star ratings for the two measures illustrated the value of studying on campus or online at the Northern Territory’s only university.

“With 70% of our higher education students studying with us online throughout Australia, CDU is serving a vital role well beyond the Territory,” Professor Maddocks said.

“We are especially adept at delivering education for people who cannot attend classes on campus, who work full-time or have family responsibilities. This is often the case with people who live in rural and regional communities.

“Clearly our graduates are very well placed after they complete their studies and are quickly making vital contributions to their local economies.

“We are proud that CDU is a place where everyone – both Australian and international students – can strive for their goals and achieve them,” he said.