RankUniversityWorld rankingGrad satisfactionAdj grad salaryScore
1University of Melbourne5083%$58,853255
2Australian National University6382%$53,015207
3University of Wollongong30685%$52,120202
4University of Western Australia12878%$58,809201
5University of Adelaide13881%$54,634197
6University of Queensland6082%$49,752194
7Deakin University34184%$49,265172
8Griffith University35385%$48,531169
9University of Newcastle34183%$49,629168
10Monash University11481%$48,041165
11Queensland University of Technology29283%$47,548164
12University of Sydney7878%$50,046161
13Bond University88089%$49,204161
14University of New England73286%$48,958158
15University of New South Wales8978%$50,424157
16James Cook University37780%$53,404156
17University of Notre Dame Australia182687%$53,662156
18University of Tasmania35579%$53,475154
19Macquarie University27382%$45,797151
20Curtin University29481%$48,383149
21University of South Australia38881%$48,012127
22University of Southern Queensland80581%$52,191125
23University of Technology Sydney30681%$44,106123
24University of the Sunshine Coast153587%$47,046122
25Edith Cowan University80784%$47,572122
26Flinders University49581%$47,234118
27University of Canberra76479%$52,297116
28Australian Catholic University91582%$50,804114
30Charles Sturt University77979%$51,022107
31Federation University Australia152683%$49,366106
32Murdoch University60179%$47,855103
33Victoria University73777%$51,492103
34Swinburne University of Technology73681%$45,531100
35Western Sydney University51079%$47,03598
36La Trobe University40575%$48,80189
37Charles Darwin University88276%$53,67688
38University of Divinity1388286%$42,58982
39RMIT University36479%$42,05380
40Southern Cross University105480%$47,72874

Components of Australian Uni Rankings

Australia’s universities are ranked for 2017 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.