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 rankUniversityQSShanghaiWebometrics
1University of Melbourne373341
2University of Queensland475150
3University of New South Wales436547
4University of Sydney386951
5Australian National University277677
6Monash University588062
7University of Adelaide10810196
8University of Western Australia9396123
9University of Technology Sydney133201207
10Curtin University194201195
11Macquarie University200201210
12Queensland University of Technology213201198
13University of Wollongong193201261
15Deakin University283201223
16Griffith University290201234
17RMIT University206301245
18University of Newcastle197301307
20University of Tasmania303301342
22La Trobe University362301324
23James Cook University424201414
14University of South Australia326401359
19Western Sydney University494301392
21Flinders University407401402
24Murdoch University581501579
25Edith Cowan University651501598
26University of Canberra436701741
27Swinburne University of Technology3212011436
29Australian Catholic University801501699
28University of Southern Queensland701601755
32University of New England801601695
30Victoria University601678
31Southern Cross University751801859
33Charles Sturt University801676
34Bond University4519011128
36University of the Sunshine Coast1001601947
37Charles Darwin University701901994
38Federation University Australia1115
39University of Notre Dame Australia12012975
40Torrens University Australia4481
41University of Divinity10924

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.

RankUniversityWorld rankingGrad satisfactionAdj grad salary
1University of Melbourne5083%$58,853
2Australian National University6382%$53,015
3University of Wollongong30685%$52,120
4University of Western Australia12878%$58,809
5University of Adelaide13881%$54,634
6University of Queensland6082%$49,752
7Deakin University34184%$49,265
8Griffith University35385%$48,531
9University of Newcastle34183%$49,629
10Monash University11481%$48,041
11Queensland University of Technology29283%$47,548
12University of Sydney7878%$50,046
13Bond University88089%$49,204
14University of New England73286%$48,958
15University of New South Wales8978%$50,424
16James Cook University37780%$53,404
17University of Notre Dame Australia182687%$53,662
18University of Tasmania35579%$53,475
19Macquarie University27382%$45,797
20Curtin University29481%$48,383
21University of South Australia38881%$48,012
22University of Southern Queensland80581%$52,191
23University of Technology Sydney30681%$44,106
24University of the Sunshine Coast153587%$47,046
25Edith Cowan University80784%$47,572
26Flinders University49581%$47,234
27University of Canberra76479%$52,297
28Australian Catholic University91582%$50,804
30Charles Sturt University77979%$51,022
31Federation University Australia152683%$49,366
32Murdoch University60179%$47,855
33Victoria University73777%$51,492
34Swinburne University of Technology73681%$45,531
35Western Sydney University51079%$47,035
36La Trobe University40575%$48,801
37Charles Darwin University88276%$53,676
38University of Divinity1388286%$42,589
39RMIT University36479%$42,053
40Southern Cross University105480%$47,728

Ranking components


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 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 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

UniversityBachelor coursesGraduate programs
Australian Catholic University83.0%80.5%
Australian National University80.5%84.5%
Bond University90.1%86.9%
Charles Darwin University78.1%71.7%
Charles Sturt University77.2%82.5%
Curtin University79.8%81.9%
Deakin University83.3%85.4%
Edith Cowan University85.9%81.3%
Federation University Australia84.0%80.6%
Flinders University80.6%82.0%
Griffith University84.7%85.0%
James Cook University80.3%80.0%
La Trobe University74.9%76.6%
Macquarie University79.8%86.8%
Monash University80.4%82.7%
Murdoch University79.6%78.4%
Queensland University of Technology82.3%84.0%
RMIT University78.1%79.8%
Southern Cross University77.9%82.9%
Swinburne University of Technology80.4%83.4%
University of Adelaide80.5%81.9%
University of Canberra78.6%79.1%
University of Divinity83.8%90.9%
University of Melbourne81.3%86.1%
University of New England84.8%88.6%
University of New South Wales76.3%80.9%
University of Newcastle82.6%85.1%
University of Notre Dame Australia88.5%83.7%
University of Queensland81.0%85.0%
University of South Australia79.7%83.3%
University of Southern Queensland80.7%80.8%
University of Sydney77.0%81.1%
University of Tasmania77.7%82.0%
University of Technology Sydney79.2%83.8%
University of the Sunshine Coast88.2%85.3%
University of Western Australia75.0%83.0%
University of Wollongong83.9%88.4%
Victoria University74.8%82.2%
Western Sydney University77.7%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