Rank University World ranking Grad satisfaction Adj grad salary Score
1 University of Melbourne 52 84% $59,923 256
2 University of Wollongong 302 90% $52,790 232
3 University of Adelaide 171 84% $57,673 229
4 University of Western Australia 136 80% $59,287 222
5 Australian National University 63 86% $52,320 221
6 University of Queensland 60 83% $48,748 193
7 Monash University 184 86% $48,264 187
8 University of New South Wales 83 81% $47,135 168
9 University of Sydney 126 79% $49,784 167
10 Deakin University 365 87% $46,688 165
11 University of New England 716 88% $50,669 164
12 Griffith University 375 85% $49,485 162
13 James Cook University 432 84% $51,977 159
14 La Trobe University 474 81% $50,434 158
15 University of Notre Dame Australia 3,747 92% $50,881 155
16 University of Newcastle 370 83% $48,197 151
17 University of Southern Queensland 917 81% $56,599 150
18 Flinders University 479 83% $48,860 149
19 Curtin University 312 80% $48,045 148
20 Charles Darwin University 925 82% $55,745 148
21 Queensland University of Technology 359 84% $44,633 148
22 University of South Australia 431 85% $47,688 147
23 University of Tasmania 400 81% $50,966 143
24 Edith Cowan University 873 86% $51,145 141
25 University of Divinity 13,619 88% $51,797 137
26 CQUniversity 1,295 81% $56,628 134
27 Macquarie University 297 83% $41,071 134
28 Bond University 1,012 87% $47,937 130
29 Western Sydney University 652 85% $46,393 127
30 Swinburne University of Technology 538 86% $42,140 122
31 University of Canberra 837 80% $50,407 117
32 University of Technology Sydney 318 81% $41,721 117
33 Murdoch University 623 82% $44,741 105
34 Charles Sturt University 827 77% $52,032 103
35 RMIT University 360 78% $43,506 102
36 University of the Sunshine Coast 2,401 87% $44,063 95
37 Australian Catholic University 1,248 80% $49,078 91
38 Federation University Australia 2,144 82% $47,378 86
39 Victoria University 740 73% $49,519 78
40 Southern Cross University 1,111 79% $45,664 72

Updated: 8 October 2015

Components of Australian Uni Rankings

Australia’s universities are ranked for 2016 by adding scores out of 100 for each of 3 components. The top Australian university for a component scores 100 ranking points while the bottom university scores 0.

1. World Ranking (reputation)

World rankings of Australian universities are calculated by averaging the rankings produced by QS World University Rankings, the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, and Webometrics web publishing rankings.

World ranking is an indication of the reputation of a university. Rankings reflect the research profiles of universities in the international academic community.

For further detail, see world rankings.

2. Graduate Satisfaction (ratings)

Graduate satisfaction is an estimate of student satisfaction with the university. Graduates are surveyed some months after completing their studies and asked to rate how satisfied they are with their overall course experience.

For further detail, see student satisfaction ratings.

3. Adjusted Graduate Salary (results)

The adjusted graduate salary is a measure of how well students are doing in the job market some months after graduating.

An indicative graduate salary for the university is calculated based on observed graduate salaries, rates of unemployment, and the proportion of students who go on to further study. For details, see graduate salaries by university.

For the purpose of ranking Australian universities, an adjustment is made for student ability. For each university, a salary advantage/disadvantage dollar figure is calculated (based on ATAR entry requirements) and removed.

  • Universities setting high ATARs end up with higher ability students.
  • The observed salary effects of student ability are statistically filtered out.
  • By doing this, “graduate salary” better reflects the earnings consequence from a student deciding to attend a given university.