1. World Rankings of Australian Universities

Australian universities are strongly represented in world university rankings.

  • Australia has anywhere between 3 and 7 of the world's top 100 universities (depending on the ranking system).
  • Many other Australian universities rank in the top 500 or top 1000.

The table shows survey rankings of QS (also see Times), academic research rankings of Shanghai ARWU and the web publishing rankings of Webometrics.

Why world rankings are flawed

Although we have reproduced world rankings, we caution against using them for comparing universities. World rankings rely on opinion surveys and research publication stats.

  • World rankings don't consider student ratings or graduate salaries for example (since they can't be compared across countries).
  • They really just measure academic prestige and how much research universities publish (see university rankings explained).
  • High ranking universities are not necessarily good for students.
Rank (avg) University QS Rankings Shanghai Webometrics
1,248 Australian Catholic University 1,248
63 Australian National University 19 77 93
1,012 Bond University 525 1,498
925 Charles Darwin University 575 1,274
827 Charles Sturt University 827
1,295 CQUniversity 1,295
312 Curtin University 284 250 402
365 Deakin University 324 350 421
873 Edith Cowan University 873
2,144 Federation University Australia 2,144
479 Flinders University 525 350 561
375 Griffith University 329 350 445
432 James Cook University 387 350 560
474 La Trobe University 394 554
297 Macquarie University 229 250 412
184 Monash University 67 125 360
623 Murdoch University 575 671
359 Queensland University of Technology 263 450 363
360 RMIT University 273 446
1,111 Southern Cross University 1,111
538 Swinburne University of Technology 525 350 738
171 University of Adelaide 113 175 225
837 University of Canberra 575 1,098
13,619 University of Divinity 13,619
52 University of Melbourne 42 44 71
716 University of New England 675 757
83 University of New South Wales 46 125 77
370 University of Newcastle 256 350 504
3,747 University of Notre Dame Australia 3,747
60 University of Queensland 46 77 58
431 University of South Australia 288 573
917 University of Southern Queensland 917
126 University of Sydney 45 125 208
400 University of Tasmania 379 350 472
318 University of Technology Sydney 218 350 387
2,401 University of the Sunshine Coast 2,401
136 University of Western Australia 98 87 222
302 University of Wollongong 243 250 414
740 Victoria University 625 854
652 Western Sydney University 675 629
Updated: 6 October 2015

2. Australian University Rankings

The most reliable Australian university rankings are from Uni Reviews Australia. They use Australian data on course ratings and graduate salaries. University performance is measured in a balanced way that focuses on education quality.

Universities are rated on 3 performance indicators. Scores are added to get overall rankings.

Reputation

Repute is measured by how well a university has done in world university rankings.

  • It is an indicator of the esteem in which a university is held by academics and broader society.
  • A high world ranking suggests a degree from the uni may be highly regarded by employers.

Ratings

Ratings is a measure of course satisfaction reported in the Australian Graduate Survey.

  • Course satisfaction is the % of students who felt positively about their overall course experience.
  • Unis with high ratings are good at keeping students happy.

Results

Results is a salary measure that mathematically combines observed salaries, rates of further study, and unemployment.

  • The results indicator quantifies how well graduates are going shortly after finishing their degree.

Further detail about the ranking methodology is available from Uni Reviews Australia rankings.

Rank University World ranking Grad satisfaction Adj grad salary
1 University of Melbourne 52 84% $59,923
2 University of Wollongong 302 90% $52,790
3 University of Adelaide 171 84% $57,673
4 University of Western Australia 136 80% $59,287
5 Australian National University 63 86% $52,320
6 University of Queensland 60 83% $48,748
7 Monash University 184 86% $48,264
8 University of New South Wales 83 81% $47,135
9 University of Sydney 126 79% $49,784
10 Deakin University 365 87% $46,688
11 University of New England 716 88% $50,669
12 Griffith University 375 85% $49,485
13 James Cook University 432 84% $51,977
14 La Trobe University 474 81% $50,434
15 University of Notre Dame Australia 3,747 92% $50,881
16 University of Newcastle 370 83% $48,197
17 University of Southern Queensland 917 81% $56,599
18 Flinders University 479 83% $48,860
19 Curtin University 312 80% $48,045
20 Charles Darwin University 925 82% $55,745
21 Queensland University of Technology 359 84% $44,633
22 University of South Australia 431 85% $47,688
23 University of Tasmania 400 81% $50,966
24 Edith Cowan University 873 86% $51,145
25 University of Divinity 13,619 88% $51,797
26 CQUniversity 1,295 81% $56,628
27 Macquarie University 297 83% $41,071
28 Bond University 1,012 87% $47,937
29 Western Sydney University 652 85% $46,393
30 Swinburne University of Technology 538 86% $42,140
31 University of Canberra 837 80% $50,407
32 University of Technology Sydney 318 81% $41,721
33 Murdoch University 623 82% $44,741
34 Charles Sturt University 827 77% $52,032
35 RMIT University 360 78% $43,506
36 University of the Sunshine Coast 2,401 87% $44,063
37 Australian Catholic University 1,248 80% $49,078
38 Federation University Australia 2,144 82% $47,378
39 Victoria University 740 73% $49,519
40 Southern Cross University 1,111 79% $45,664
Updated: 8 October 2015