1. World Rankings of Australian Universities

Australian universities are strongly represented in world university rankings. Depending on the ranking system, Australia has from 6 to 8 of the world's top 100 universities. Most of the 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 Shanghai Webometrics
1 University of Melbourne 37 33 41
2 University of Queensland 47 51 50
3 University of New South Wales 43 65 47
4 University of Sydney 38 69 51
5 Australian National University 27 76 77
6 Monash University 58 80 62
7 University of Adelaide 108 101 96
8 University of Western Australia 93 96 123
9 University of Technology Sydney 133 201 207
10 Curtin University 194 201 195
11 Macquarie University 200 201 210
12 Queensland University of Technology 213 201 198
13 University of Wollongong 193 201 261
15 Deakin University 283 201 223
16 Griffith University 290 201 234
17 RMIT University 206 301 245
18 University of Newcastle 197 301 307
20 University of Tasmania 303 301 342
22 La Trobe University 362 301 324
23 James Cook University 424 201 414
14 University of South Australia 326 401 359
19 Western Sydney University 494 301 392
21 Flinders University 407 401 402
24 Murdoch University 581 501 579
25 Edith Cowan University 651 501 598
26 University of Canberra 436 701 741
27 Swinburne University of Technology 321 201 1436
29 Australian Catholic University 801 501 699
28 University of Southern Queensland 701 601 755
32 University of New England 801 601 695
30 Victoria University 601 678
31 Southern Cross University 751 801 859
33 Charles Sturt University 801 676
34 Bond University 451 901 1128
35 CQUniversity 601 903
36 University of the Sunshine Coast 1001 601 947
37 Charles Darwin University 701 901 994
38 Federation University Australia 1115
39 University of Notre Dame Australia 1201 2975
40 Torrens University Australia 4481
41 University of Divinity 10924

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. A high ranking doesn't mean much in terms of a student's learning experience.

World rankings don't consider student ratings or graduate salaries for example. These stats can't be effectively compared across countries. The rankings really just measure academic prestige and how much research universities publish. See university rankings explained.

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 graduate careers are going shortly degree completion.

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

QS - Reputation

Shanghai ARWU - Research

Webometrics - Publishing