Rank University World ranking Grad satisfaction Adj grad salary Score
1 University of Melbourne 50 83% $58,853 255
2 Australian National University 63 82% $53,015 207
3 University of Wollongong 306 85% $52,120 202
4 University of Western Australia 128 78% $58,809 201
5 University of Adelaide 138 81% $54,634 197
6 University of Queensland 60 82% $49,752 194
7 Deakin University 341 84% $49,265 172
8 Griffith University 353 85% $48,531 169
9 University of Newcastle 341 83% $49,629 168
10 Monash University 114 81% $48,041 165
11 Queensland University of Technology 292 83% $47,548 164
12 University of Sydney 78 78% $50,046 161
13 Bond University 880 89% $49,204 161
14 University of New England 732 86% $48,958 158
15 University of New South Wales 89 78% $50,424 157
16 James Cook University 377 80% $53,404 156
17 University of Notre Dame Australia 1826 87% $53,662 156
18 University of Tasmania 355 79% $53,475 154
19 Macquarie University 273 82% $45,797 151
20 Curtin University 294 81% $48,383 149
21 University of South Australia 388 81% $48,012 127
22 University of Southern Queensland 805 81% $52,191 125
23 University of Technology Sydney 306 81% $44,106 123
24 University of the Sunshine Coast 1535 87% $47,046 122
25 Edith Cowan University 807 84% $47,572 122
26 Flinders University 495 81% $47,234 118
27 University of Canberra 764 79% $52,297 116
28 Australian Catholic University 915 82% $50,804 114
29 CQUniversity 861 79% $53,112 109
30 Charles Sturt University 779 79% $51,022 107
31 Federation University Australia 1526 83% $49,366 106
32 Murdoch University 601 79% $47,855 103
33 Victoria University 737 77% $51,492 103
34 Swinburne University of Technology 736 81% $45,531 100
35 Western Sydney University 510 79% $47,035 98
36 La Trobe University 405 75% $48,801 89
37 Charles Darwin University 882 76% $53,676 88
38 University of Divinity 13882 86% $42,589 82
39 RMIT University 364 79% $42,053 80
40 Southern Cross University 1054 80% $47,728 74

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.