The website will "help drive universities to lift performance and quality."  ... Minister for Tertiary Education, Chris Evans.

Minister for Tertiary Education, Chris Evans. Photo: Penny Bradfield

Pack your bags and head to Bathurst – or Kensington – for the best chances of landing a job once you finish your university studies. Charles Sturt University and the University of NSW are rated with the highest graduate outcomes, at 85.4 per cent each, according to data on the new My University website.

Southern Cross University – with its has the lowest graduate employment level in NSW at 66.7 per cent.

Tertiary education minister Senator Chris Evans launched the $1.5 million site this morning at Narrabundah College in Canberra.

"Giving students information about employment prospects is important in assisting better link education choices to areas of employment growth," Senator Evans said. "The transparency that My University provides will help drive universities to lift performance and quality."

The launch had been planned for January to coincide with the lifting of caps on Australian universities – where institutions can offer as many places to students as they like – but the minister's office said yesterday the delay had been due to the desire to fine-tune it before it went live.

Now students, parents and careers counsellors have a comprehensive one-stop shop to find information about prospective places of study, and tools to compare valuable information such as cost of courses, staff to student ratios, facilities, amenities, accommodation and so on.

Private universities such as Notre Dame and Bond University have been included, but TAFE and other tertiary institutions are not.

The reception has so far been cautious as users and stakeholders canvas the information provided.

Donherra Walmsley, president of the National Union of Students, said it was a good start, but there needed to be more information.

“We are pleased to see vital information such as student staff ratios and campus services included on the website,” Ms Walmsley said. “We would like to see a grater level of detail provided in both these areas.”

In NSW, the University of Sydney records the highest number of graduates in full time study – at 31.5 per cent, while Charles Sturt University has the least.

Other statistics that will be closely watched are areas such as staff to student ratios, with UNSW showing the best rate at 16:1, with the University of Sydney not far behind on 17:1. The highest rate of students to staff in the 2012 figures are at the University of Western Sydney, with 29:1

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