The Global Tracer Facility provides a consistent, standardised mechanism to generate high quality information on Australia Awards alumni. It provides a strong evidence base for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to evaluate the impact of the Australia Awards on alumni and, by implication, on their home institutions and countries.


The Global Tracer Facility is engaging with alumni of Australian development scholarships and fellowships to collect information about the way in which they have used the skills and knowledge gained during their scholarship to progress development in their countries and strengthen networks with Australia.

Each year the Facility:

  • conducts an Annual Tracer Survey, with online and telephone collection of the views and experiences of more than 1000 alumni from approximately 20 different countries;
  • undertakes up to five in-country case studies, involving in-depth interviews with alumni, employers and other stakeholders;
  • collects and updates contact information for alumni; and
  • compiles research relating to the evaluation of scholarship programs, and outcomes of alumni in a research repository.

In Year 1 (July 2016 - June 2017) the Facility:

  • interviewed alumni from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s online and via telephone;
  • visited Fiji (Education), Sri Lanka (Engineering), Kenya (Agriculture and environmental studies) and Nepal (Policy and governance) for Case Studies exploring the outcomes of scholars from the 1950s to the mid-1990s.   

In Year 2 (July 2017 - June 2018) the Facility:

  • interviewed alumni from 1996 to 2005 online and via telephone;
  • visited and conducted Case Studies in Vanuatu (Law and justice),  Mongolia (Management and commerce), Solomon Islands (Health), Indonesia (Education) and China (Environment and public health), focusing on alumni who studied in Australia between 2006 to 2010.

In Year 3 (July 2018 - June 2019) the Facility:

  • interviewed alumni from 2011 to 2016 online and via telephone;
  • visited and conducted Case Studies in Vietnam (Women in finance), Cambodia (Health), Mozambique (Agriculture, food security and natural resources), Papua New Guinea (Information Technology) and Pakistan (Governance and leadership) on alumni who completed their studies in Australia between 1996 to 2005.

In Year 4 (July 2019 - June 2020) the Facility will:

  • produce a Global Report: a meta-analysis of all the data collected by the Facility in the four years of operation;
  • conduct Case Studies in Timor-Leste (Disability) , Samoa (Infrastructure), Bangladesh (Health resources), Costa Rica (Agriculture and environment) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN - Women, peace and security) on alumni that studied in Australia between 2011 to 2016.

Building an evidence base

The Facility is using an explanatory sequential mixed methods approach for its research design, simplified in the diagram below. Each year a different cohort of alumni will be the focus of the Tracer Survey. The following year, this cohort will provide subjects for the Global Tracer Facility’s Case Studies.

explanatory sequential mixed methods approach - diagram

Annual Global Tracer Survey

Report against long-term outcomes: global perspective

Identify themes to explore

Case Studies

Report against long-term outcomes: country context

Case Study Instruments

Each Case Study the Facility conducts involves interviews with a range of alumni and stakeholders. The questions which guide these interviews are available in this Case Study Interview Guides document.


Alumni Privacy

The Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility’s Alumni Privacy Statement is published on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website.