1. World Rankings of Australian Universities

Australian universities are strongly represented in world university rankings.

  • Australia has 4-6 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.

Aust rank University QS world Shanghai Webometrics
1 University of Melbourne 42 40 69
2 University of Queensland 51 55 73
3 Australian National University 22 77 89
4 University of Sydney 46 82 107
5 University of New South Wales 49 126 91
6 Monash University 65 79 198
7 University of Western Australia 102 96 186
8 University of Adelaide 125 126 162
9 Macquarie University 247 251 321
10 Queensland University of Technology 276 251 350
11 Curtin University 306 251 326
12 University of Technology Sydney 193 351 373
13 University of Wollongong 218 351 350
15 Deakin University 355 251 417
16 University of Newcastle 245 351 428
17 Griffith University 336 351 371
18 University of Tasmania 370 251 445
20 RMIT University 252 451 389
22 James Cook University 340 251 541
23 University of South Australia 288 487
14 La Trobe University 386 351 478
19 Flinders University 576 351 559
21 Western Sydney University 576 351 602
24 Murdoch University 526 675
25 University of New England 809 655
26 Swinburne University of Technology 446 451 1311
27 Victoria University 676 797
29 University of Canberra 576 951
28 Charles Sturt University 809 748
32 University of Southern Queensland 809 801
30 Edith Cowan University 809 805
31 CQUniversity 626 1095
33 Bond University 466 1293
34 Charles Darwin University 576 1187
35 Australian Catholic University 809 1020
36 Southern Cross University 1054
37 Federation University Australia 1526
38 University of the Sunshine Coast 1535
39 University of Notre Dame Australia 1826
40 University of Divinity 13882
41 Torrens University Australia 14505

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.

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 (reputation, ratings, results). Scores are added to get overall rankings.

Rank University World ranking Grad satisfaction Adj grad salary
1 University of Melbourne 50 83% $58,853
2 Australian National University 63 82% $53,015
3 University of Wollongong 306 85% $52,120
4 University of Western Australia 128 78% $58,809
5 University of Adelaide 138 81% $54,634
6 University of Queensland 60 82% $49,752
7 Deakin University 341 84% $49,265
8 Griffith University 353 85% $48,531
9 University of Newcastle 341 83% $49,629
10 Monash University 114 81% $48,041
11 Queensland University of Technology 292 83% $47,548
12 University of Sydney 78 78% $50,046
13 Bond University 880 89% $49,204
14 University of New England 732 86% $48,958
15 University of New South Wales 89 78% $50,424
16 James Cook University 377 80% $53,404
17 University of Notre Dame Australia 1826 87% $53,662
18 University of Tasmania 355 79% $53,475
19 Macquarie University 273 82% $45,797
20 Curtin University 294 81% $48,383
21 University of South Australia 388 81% $48,012
22 University of Southern Queensland 805 81% $52,191
23 University of Technology Sydney 306 81% $44,106
24 University of the Sunshine Coast 1535 87% $47,046
25 Edith Cowan University 807 84% $47,572
26 Flinders University 495 81% $47,234
27 University of Canberra 764 79% $52,297
28 Australian Catholic University 915 82% $50,804
29 CQUniversity 861 79% $53,112
30 Charles Sturt University 779 79% $51,022
31 Federation University Australia 1526 83% $49,366
32 Murdoch University 601 79% $47,855
33 Victoria University 737 77% $51,492
34 Swinburne University of Technology 736 81% $45,531
35 Western Sydney University 510 79% $47,035
36 La Trobe University 405 75% $48,801
37 Charles Darwin University 882 76% $53,676
38 University of Divinity 13882 86% $42,589
39 RMIT University 364 79% $42,053
40 Southern Cross University 1054 80% $47,728

Ranking components

Reputation

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

  • World rankings indicate the esteem of a university among academics and broader society.
  • A high ranking suggests a degree from the uni may be highly regarded by employers.

Ratings

Ratings is course satisfaction among students, as reported in the Australian Graduate Survey. Course satisfaction is measured as the % of students who felt positively about their course experience overall.

Results

Results is a salary measure that mathematically combines observed salaries, rates of further study, and unemployment. The indicative salary quantifies how well graduates are going shortly after finishing their degree.

3. Student Satisfaction with University Courses

% of graduates with positive satisfaction rating

University Bachelor courses Graduate programs
Australian Catholic University 83.0% 80.5%
Australian National University 80.5% 84.5%
Bond University 90.1% 86.9%
Charles Darwin University 78.1% 71.7%
Charles Sturt University 77.2% 82.5%
CQUniversity 76.9% 82.0%
Curtin University 79.8% 81.9%
Deakin University 83.3% 85.4%
Edith Cowan University 85.9% 81.3%
Federation University Australia 84.0% 80.6%
Flinders University 80.6% 82.0%
Griffith University 84.7% 85.0%
James Cook University 80.3% 80.0%
La Trobe University 74.9% 76.6%
Macquarie University 79.8% 86.8%
Monash University 80.4% 82.7%
Murdoch University 79.6% 78.4%
Queensland University of Technology 82.3% 84.0%
RMIT University 78.1% 79.8%
Southern Cross University 77.9% 82.9%
Swinburne University of Technology 80.4% 83.4%
University of Adelaide 80.5% 81.9%
University of Canberra 78.6% 79.1%
University of Divinity 83.8% 90.9%
University of Melbourne 81.3% 86.1%
University of New England 84.8% 88.6%
University of New South Wales 76.3% 80.9%
University of Newcastle 82.6% 85.1%
University of Notre Dame Australia 88.5% 83.7%
University of Queensland 81.0% 85.0%
University of South Australia 79.7% 83.3%
University of Southern Queensland 80.7% 80.8%
University of Sydney 77.0% 81.1%
University of Tasmania 77.7% 82.0%
University of Technology Sydney 79.2% 83.8%
University of the Sunshine Coast 88.2% 85.3%
University of Western Australia 75.0% 83.0%
University of Wollongong 83.9% 88.4%
Victoria University 74.8% 82.2%
Western Sydney University 77.7% 81.1%

For satisfaction ratings by study area (e.g. business, arts), see rankings by subject.

Australian university graduates have high satisfaction rates. Around 82% are happy with their course overall.

  • Graduates are surveyed some months after finishing a course.
  • Over 2015 and 2016, the top university for bachelor-program satisfaction was Bond (90.1%).
  • For postgraduate study, the leading mainstream university was UNE (88.6% satisfaction).

More uni rankings for Australia