Webometrics publishes web rankings of Australian universities as part of their world rankings.

Universities are ranked by:

  • the volume of material they post on the internet and
  • the number of external links to that material.

Webometrics 2015 Rankings for Australia

Aust rank University World rank
1 University of Queensland 58
2 University of Melbourne 71
3 University of New South Wales 77
4 Australian National University 93
5 University of Sydney 208
6 University of Western Australia 222
7 University of Adelaide 225
8 Monash University 360
9 Queensland University of Technology 363
10 University of Technology Sydney 387
11 Curtin University 402
12 Macquarie University 412
13 University of Wollongong 414
14 Deakin University 421
15 Griffith University 445
16 RMIT University 446
17 University of Tasmania 472
18 University of Newcastle 504
19 La Trobe University 554
20 James Cook University 560
21 Flinders University 561
22 University of South Australia 573
23 Western Sydney University 629
24 Murdoch University 671
25 Swinburne University of Technology 738
26 University of New England 757
27 Charles Sturt University 827
28 Victoria University 854
29 Edith Cowan University 873
30 University of Southern Queensland 917
31 University of Canberra 1098
32 Southern Cross University 1111
33 Australian Catholic University 1248
34 Charles Darwin University 1274
35 CQUniversity 1295
36 Bond University 1498
37 Federation University Australia 2144
38 University of the Sunshine Coast 2401
39 University of Notre Dame Australia 3747

Rankings Value to Students

According to Webometrics, the purpose of the rankings is to promote global access to academic knowledge produced by universities.

While encouraging open access to research knowledge is a good thing, the rankings have limited relevance to study choices.

  • The rankings objectively measure web presence.
  • But how relevant is this for education quality?

A large web presence is a combination of university size, research focus and commitment to web publishing. Increasing any of these is not a obvious path to improving teaching services. There are also better measures of university reputation / prestige, including the QS, Times and Shanghai ARWU university rankings.

Webometrics Ranking Method

The ranking formula has 4 components:

  1. Impact (50%): Number of links to the university's website
  2. Presence (17%): Number of web pages published by the university
  3. Openness (17%): Number of academic publications on the internet
  4. Excellence (17%): Number of academic publications on the internet that are cited often.