2019 top graduate jobs & employers

graduate jobs

It’s that time of year again for graduate jobs! TopGraduateEmployers.com has released their annual list of Australia’s Top 75 Graduate Employers for 2019. The list provides a snapshot of some of the best employers in Australia, as voted by those in the know – the graduates themselves. We’ve compiled the top 10 graduate employers for STEM graduates – make this your first stop if you’re on the hunt for graduate jobs.

Check out the full list to view all the reviews of graduate jobs. Also be sure to have a look at the AFR’s top 100 Graduate Employers for 2019, recently published by Australian Financial Review and GradConnection, which rates the popularity of Graduate Employers based on numbers of applications on GradConnection.

1. WA Finance

Government Finance

This year’s winner may come as a surprise, but graduates starting out in the WA finance public sector gave great feedback on the career opportunities available in the Department. Graduate jobs range from contract development, policy, accounting and auditing, HR, project management to IT, and a diverse range of graduates are eligible, including STEM majors.

Location: Perth.

Degrees: Accounting, Actuarial Studies, Architecture, Arts, Commerce, Computer Science/IT, Economics, Law, Maths, Science.


2. REA Group

Digital media

For the second year in a row,  ‘digital disruptors’ REA Group have taken out the second-to-tap position. They’re responsible for running popular real estate websites like realestate.com.au or flatmates.com. They run their multinational business from one location with admirable values that anyone would be proud to represent.

Location: Melbourne

Degrees: Computer Science, Software Engineering, Design, Information Systems.


3. ThoughtWorks

Technology consulting

Coming in third place for the second year in a row, ThoughtWorks is a software design consultancy with a social conscience. Since its inception 20 years ago, ThoughtWorks aims to solve the world’s toughest issues by bringing together smart and passionate people. If you fancy being one of those candidates, ThoughtWorks now has graduate jobs across all STEM disciplines.

Location: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.​

Degrees: All STEM degrees


4. Carsales.com

Technology Platform

The largest online automotive classifieds business in Australia, Carsales.com is also growing across Latin America and Asia. As a graduate, you can move through either the Commercial (Marketing, Finance & Products) or Technology (User Experience/Design, product development/design) rotations. The company is dedicated to providing its graduates with career development opportunities, gives back to the community through several avenues and provides its employees with fitness and Spanish courses!

Location: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.​

Degrees: IT-related degrees for the Technology stream, Business or Humanities-related degrees for Commercial.


5. Sydney Water

Water Utility

Graduate jobs at utilities are often highly regarded, and Sydney Water’s is no exception. The utility company is committed to meeting the challenges that arise the growing population and making sure the community is well-provided for. The graduate program provides a balanced training program, with technical expertise, personal development and leadership skills all part and parcel.

Location: Sydney


Data Analytics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Communications/Marketing, Finance/Accounting.


6.Queensland Audit Office

Financial Services

Graduates at the Queensland Audit Office, which delivers financial and performance audits to over 500 clients, describe the program as a great place to learn the ins and outs of auditing and accounting, with “great support and fantastic opportunities.” A qualification in accounting is a must, and a STEM degree is highly desirable (just like in most positions!)

Location: Brisbane

Degrees: Business/Commerce with Accounting majors or similar.


7. Australian Securities & Investments Commissions (ASIC)

Financial Services/ Public Sector

ASIC is a Commonwealth Government body which aims to keep our financial systems healthy for all Australians by auditing and regulating consumer and corporate markets. The graduate program offers training and development in both technical and professional skills, study support and a permanent position on completion. They’re on the lookout for graduates with strong data analytics skills, no matter the sector.

Locations: Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Traralgon.

Degrees: Law, Finance/Economics/Business/Accounting, IT/Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, Arts & Social Sciences.


8. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)

Public Sector

The DVA is committed to enhancing the lives of Australian veterans through a variety of services, which is great if you’re looking for a rewarding career. The graduate program consistently rates highly with graduates, who describe it is a welcoming place where you can develop professional skills while making a positive impact in the community. Continuing a key trend across all employment sectors, graduates with Finance or Data Analytics qualifications are in demand.

Locations: Canberra

Degrees: Finance/Commerce/Business/Accounting, Statistics/Actuarial Studies/Data Analytics, Law, Social Sciences, Health.


9. Evans Dixon

Financial Services

Evans Dixon is consistently voted in the top 10 of graduate employers. Their services including working across funds and wealth management or super fund accounting for private or corporate investors.

Locations: Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.

Degrees: Commerce, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Law, IT.


10. SA Power Networks

Power Utility

Working for South Australia’s electricity distributor, graduates receive award-winning training in a supportive environment. Engineering and IT graduates can put theory into practice and contribute to the SA energy evolution – they’re leading the country in the incorporation of renewable energy sources.

Locations: Adelaide and regional SA.

Degrees: Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronic, Civil, Structural), IT.

More of the best employers by industry


The Top 100 Graduate Employers List featured two engineering companies in the top 20: multinational firms Aurecon and JacobsLockheed Martin and SAAB Australia were rated highly by graduates in the top 75 Graduate Employers. This is no surprise, considering that the 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey revealed that graduate employment rates are on the up for engineering graduates.

Energy and Utilities

Energy companies and utilities were also popular for graduate jobs: Top 75 winners included Ergon Energy/Energex, TasNetworks and the Water Corporation of WA, while the AFR Top 100 saw rising interest in Woodside and Origin.

Professional Services, Auditing and Tax

Professional services firms Deloitte and PwC took out the top places in the Top 100 Graduate Employers.   KordaMentha, PwC, McGrathNicol Services, ShineWing and Pitcher Partners also rated highly in the top 75 Graduate Employers.

Computing, Technology and Data

The tech and data sectors are showing an impressive following with graduates. Third place in the Top 100 Graduate Employers went to tech giant IBM, while number 9 was data science company Quantium. This data analytics firm, founded in 2002, builds algorithms for companies like Woolworths, and is hugely popular with graduates. Last year, the CEO told AFR that the company was a favourite for graduate jobs due to its “people-based and culturally aware” working environment and ability to offer early opportunities to young employees.   

Other highly rated employers include Apple, Cisco, Dimension Data, NEC Australia, Atlassian and software companies Xero, IRESS and Meltwater.

Government and Defence

You’ve probably noticed the high representation of public sector jobs in the top 10 this year. create reports that the current infrastructure boom in the eastern states could be driving the popularity of public sector jobs in the AFR Top 100. Some of the employers which attracted a lot of attention include the Queensland Government, Transport for NSW, Sydney Water, the Victorian Government and Queensland Treasury.

There’s also a strong showing for defence sector employers, with the Australian Defence Force, Department of Defence and private defence contractor Thales all rating well in the AFR Top 100.

Larissa Fedunik-Hofman

Author: Larissa Fedunik-Hofman

Larissa is the editorial assistant for Careers with STEM and a Chemistry PhD student. Larissa’s goal is to promote public engagement with STEM through inspiring stories.


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