Top100 Future Leaders Competition 2019

Finding the most promising future leaders graduating from Australian Universities

About the Future Leaders Awards

Alongside the Top100 Graduate Employers awards, is the Top100 Future Leaders competition
for students - this is a unique opportunity to gain exposure to a best practice assessment centre and a host of employers from around the nation.

Applications have closed and winners are listed!

Keep an eye out for the 2020 awards opening in Aug 2019.

Should you reside outside of the greater Sydney area, GradConnection will organise your return flights and accommodation so you may attend. This is subject to terms, for further information, please contact [email protected]

The future leaders competition is a chance to:

Meet Employers

Gain exposure to Australia’s best graduate employers

Practise Applying

Try out an actual recruitment process before you have to do the real thing

Represent Your University

Help represent your university and help them rank higher in these awards

Increase Your Profile

Be featured in the Australian Financial Review

Student Eligibility

Applicants for the Future Leaders Top100 Competition must;

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  • Currently be residing in Australia

  • Be enrolled as a student at an Australian University in 2019 (undergraduate or postgraduate)

  • Be available to attend the full day assessment and the awards evening, if required, in February 2019 - noting that should you reside outside of the greater Sydney area, GradConnection will pay for return flights and accommodation.

  • You must be registered on GradConnection. It's free and easy to sign up! Register

How it works

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1. Application - via PushApply

Thousands of students apply to the Top100 Future Leaders competition as the first step in the comprehensive recruitment process.

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2. Testing - by Arctic Shores

Students complete a selection of psychometric tests commonly used by many of Australia’s leading graduate employers.

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3. Video Interview - by Seek Video Screen

Students complete a video interview, a process which has recently become an important step in a typical volume recruiting process

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4. Assessment - by Chandler Macleod

Students participate in an actual assessment centre run by Chandler Macleod where they are assessed directly by employers.

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5. Awards Night

The dozens of employers that participate in the applicant assessments announce their results with students and universities taking top honours on the night.

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6. AFR

All finalists, winners and universities are published in the AFR alongside the results for the Top100 graduate employers.

Top100 Future Leaders Awards

AECOM Engineering Consulting Award

We are a team of over 90,000 specialists working in 150+ countries to deliver some of the world’s most influential and transformational infrastructure projects.

Whether we’re delivering city-shaping infrastructure or enabling clean and stable water supply to far-flung places many of us may never visit, our work makes a difference.

We are a global network of experts working with clients, communities and colleagues to develop and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most complex challenges.

With our talented team of architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists, construction and management professionals, we’re building a bright future. Graduates – with their fresh thinking and passion for reimagining what’s possible – are critical to our success.

The AECOM Engineering Consulting Award is seeking students who are currently studying a degree or discipline majoring in Civil or Structural Engineering.

Ashurst Law Award

A truly global firm with a reputation for high performance, a wealth of industry experience and a refreshingly open and diverse culture: this is who we are. For you, this means being part of a collaborative, respectful and inclusive work environment and interacting with some of the most agile and incisive thinkers in the legal sector. Join us, and you’ll work alongside dynamic and committed professionals, tackle interesting challenges and have the satisfaction of knowing that you have worked in partnership with clients around the world to achieve their ambitions.

The Ashurst Law Award is seeking highly analytical students with an interest in corporate and commercial law. You must be studying a degree or discipline majoring in Law; ideally a LLB or Juris Doctor.

BP Sales & Marketing Award

BP is involved in almost every aspect of the complex energy system that drives our world. Thanks to our reach and 75,000 incredible people, we deliver the high-quality fuels and lubricants that take customers where they want to go.

We’re more than an energy business; we are also a retailer, bringing innovative offers, rewards and leading-edge technology to our customers.

Our values guide our behaviours and drive who we are and how we operate as an organisation. They influence everything we do, making us a safer, stronger and better company to work for.

We offer an exciting two-year Graduate programme featuring two rotations within a business stream (commercial, convenience retail or manufacturing operations). We’ll give you tools, development and support; including mentoring, exposure to subject matter experts, technology and training to help you thrive and kick-start your career.

The BP Sales & Marketing Award is seeking innovative students who are goal-driven and currently studying a degree or discipline majoring in Marketing.

Jacobs Young Professional Award

Jacobs is one of the world’s leading providers in technical, professional and construction services. Our people are our greatest asset. We are focussed on mentoring our graduates to be known specialists in their own field and our leaders of tomorrow. Our Engineers and Scientists provide engineering design and project management expertise to major and mega projects for public and private sector clients across; Transport Infrastructure, Water Engineering, Power and Asset Management & Environmental Services.

At Jacobs, we encourage and empower our graduates to bring forward their innovative thinking coupled with their technical expertise. We’re proud to promote talent and support individuals to develop and grow their careers.

The Jacobs Young Professional Award is seeking students who are currently studying across many disciplines.

KPMG Accounting Award

As a leading provider of advisory, audit and tax services, KPMG helps organisations build, protect and realise value in dynamic and challenging business environments. Our purpose is to inspire confidence and empower change and to be the clear choice for our people, clients and the public. If you are looking for a career that will take you further, talk to us first at KPMG.

At KPMG, we’re interested in more than academic qualifications. We’re looking for talented people, team players and progressive thinkers who can communicate their ideas convincingly. We are excited to be sponsoring the Top100 Accounting Award and recognise the top students coming out of Australian universities.

The KPMG Accounting Award is seeking students who are currently studying a degree or discipline majoring in Accounting.

Mars Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Award

We’re a family business that’s been making products for people, and the pets that people love, for more than 100 years. Mars is behind some of the world’s best loved brands in the world including Pedigree®, Royal Canin®, Dolmio®, Whiskas®, Schmackos®, Skittles®, Extra® and Uncle Ben’s®. Globally, we’re 100,000 self-proclaimed Martians working across 80 different countries. You’ll find us located in both city and regional centres. Interesting, bustling and vibrant places where you can enjoy a great lifestyle and a real sense of community. The Five Principles - Quality, Efficiency, Responsibility, Mutuality and Freedom - are at the heart of everything we do. These principles inform our decisions and unite us across geographies, languages, cultures and generations.

So what does Mars want with Engineers? You probably didn't know that we have 7 world class factories here in Australia, which produce over 40 of our well-loved brands! Our Mars Leadership Experience offers rotations across a range of disciplines including Sales/Marketing, Finance, Research & Development, Supply Chain and of course Engineering!

The Mars Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Award is seeking students from Mechanical and Electrical Engineering related degrees.

Protiviti Business & Consulting Award

Protiviti is a global business consulting and internal audit firm composed of experts specialising in risk, advisory and transaction services. We serve clients through a network of more than 70 locations in over 20 countries and hire diverse thinkers to partner and advise our clients in various industry sectors on critical business problems. Our 3,800 professionals globally provide consulting and internal audit solutions to over 60 percent of FORTUNE 1000® companies.

We believe that a career is more than just working, providing deliverables, and being compensated for your efforts. A Protiviti Career is about opportunities to lead, learn, grow, and make a difference. We are committed to supporting programs like the Top100 Business and Consulting Award and delighted to be associated with an Award that recognises the achievements of talented graduates.

The Protiviti Business and Consulting award is seeking students from Business and Management related degrees.

Quantium Data Science Award

The Quantium Graduate Academies are 18 month Data Scientist and Big Data Engineer accelerator programs, turning graduates into high performers.


The Graduate Proficiency Checklists guide graduates through robust capability development across 250+ proficiency areas each.

Rotations span primary skill bases, using GPC progression to guide placements, feeding into the rotation optimisation algorithm.

Payrises and bonuses reward development and ultimately a promotion

Underpinning it all is the GradHub with 50+ technical courses, High Performance Masterclasses, coaching, bi-monthly GradTalks and more.

The Quantium Data Science Award Award is seeking resilient students who are currently studying a degree or discipline in Actuary, Mathematics, Science and Statistics.

REA Group Software Engineering Award

We are the umbrella company for a whole range of property companies. We are more than a website and more than a mobile app, we are a digital disrupter. We look for ways to use our smarts and technologies, our great ideas and our innovations to bring consumers amazing experiences.

REA came to life just over 20 years ago born out of an idea from two guys in a garage and in that time we have shaped the online experience for anyone and everyone who cares about property.

Listed on the ASX, we are a multinational digital advertising business specialising in property. REA Group operates Australia’s leading residential and commercial property websites, and, Chinese property site and a number of property portals in Asia via its ownership of iProperty Group. We also have a significant shareholding in US based Move, Inc and PropTiger in India.

The REA Group Software Engineering Award is seeking students who are currently studying a degree or discipline majoring in Computer/Software Engineering, or a similar discipline and a strong knowledge of Coding.

Westpac Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Award

Westpac Group lives and breathes our vision to be one of the world’s great service companies, helping our customers, communities and people to prosper and grow. We work with people of all walks of life – so whether you know banking or not, your passion and attitude is what’s important to us.

We are proud to support graduates from a range of universities and disciplines into a wide-range of careers. With us, anything is possible and everyone is supported.

The Westpac Banking and Finance Award is seeking students who are currently studying a degree or discipline majoring in Economics or Finance.