The top nursing schools in Australia for 2017 are

  1. University of Notre Dame Australia
  2. Australian Catholic University
  3. Edith Cowan University

Uni Reviews ranked Australian universities by a formula using:

  • nursing school size (student numbers)
  • student and graduate satisfaction with nursing courses (% satisfied)
  • indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates).

Nursing includes: Nursing and Midwifery.

University of Notre Dame Australia

The University of Notre Dame's nursing schools (in Fremantle, Broome and Sydney) top the subject rankings for Nursing in 2017.

ND nursing students and recent graduates rate their courses highly (89% satisfied) and have a high indicative salary ($51,040).

Australian Catholic University

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at ACU is ranked 2nd in Australia.

With campuses in Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and North Sydney, the School is the largest in Australia. It also above average in terms of satisfaction ratings and salaries.

Edith Cowan University

The Nursing and Midwifery program at ECU (in Perth) is in the top 3 for Australia.

The School is not large but performs well in quality indicators, including graduate satisfaction (86%) and salaries ($48,671).

Nursing School Rankings for Australia

RankNursing SchoolStudentsSatisfactionGrad salaryPoints
1University of Notre Dame Australia189089%$51,040223
2Australian Catholic University658180%$45,044209
3Edith Cowan University234086%$48,671203
4University of Adelaide54492%$50,373195
5University of Technology Sydney207682%$49,164183
6Charles Darwin University227583%$47,479180
7Deakin University229984%$45,135170
8University of South Australia246177%$48,774167
9Curtin University146079%$49,686164
10James Cook University159982%$47,121159
11University of Newcastle192875%$49,352154
12Monash University158384%$45,345154
13Western Sydney University382478%$42,930151
14CQUniversity212978%$46,280150
15Murdoch University78182%$48,264148
16University of Tasmania148282%$45,709147
17Griffith University265383%$41,800145
18Charles Sturt University153471%$50,960142
19Queensland University of Technology271782%$41,199140
20University of the Sunshine Coast121690%$40,641140
21University of Wollongong126175%$49,151138
22University of Canberra88174%$49,358124
23University of Queensland55777%$48,176118
24Federation University Australia86882%$43,350116
25University of Southern Queensland173180%$41,520115
26La Trobe University178973%$44,260108
27RMIT University63485%$40,830101
28University of New England55079%$44,10899
29Flinders University189472%$43,24098
30Southern Cross University103368%$46,65484
31Victoria University112372%$36,87535

Updated: 20 September 2016

Universities with small sample sizes for satisfaction or salary components are omitted from overall ranking.

1. Nursing School Size

RankNursing SchoolStudents
1Australian Catholic University6581
2Western Sydney University3824
3Queensland University of Technology2717
4Griffith University2653
5University of South Australia2461
6Edith Cowan University2340
7Deakin University2299
8Charles Darwin University2275
9CQUniversity2129
10University of Technology Sydney2076
11University of Newcastle1928
12Flinders University1894
13University of Notre Dame Australia1890
14La Trobe University1789
15University of Southern Queensland1731
16James Cook University1599
17Monash University1583
18Charles Sturt University1534
19University of Tasmania1482
20Curtin University1460
21University of Wollongong1261
22University of Sydney1219
23University of the Sunshine Coast1216
24Victoria University1123
25Southern Cross University1033
26University of Canberra881
27Federation University Australia868
28Murdoch University781
29RMIT University634
30University of Queensland557
31University of New England550
32University of Adelaide544
33University of Melbourne224
34University of Western Australia61

Source: Department of Education and Training, 2015 Special Courses (Category: Nursing)

Count of students enrolled in courses for initial registration as nurses.

2. Student Course Satisfaction

RankNursing SchoolGraduatesStudentsOverall
1University of Adelaide96%89%92%
2University of the Sunshine Coast90%90%90%
3University of Notre Dame Australia86%90%89%
4University of Sydney87%86%87%
5Edith Cowan University85%87%86%
6RMIT University87%82%85%
7Deakin University88%81%84%
8Monash University89%80%84%
9Charles Darwin University83%82%83%
10Griffith University85%80%83%
11Federation University Australia77%85%82%
12Queensland University of Technology85%79%82%
13Murdoch University74%88%82%
14University of Tasmania81%81%82%
15James Cook University84%80%82%
16University of Technology Sydney83%80%82%
17Australian Catholic University79%80%80%
18University of Southern Queensland74%82%80%
19Curtin University79%79%79%
20University of New England86%76%79%
21CQUniversity77%78%78%
22Western Sydney University85%73%78%
23University of South Australia81%72%77%
24University of Queensland80%74%77%
25University of Newcastle70%77%75%
26University of Wollongong80%71%75%
27University of Canberra72%74%74%
28La Trobe University78%69%73%
29Flinders University80%66%72%
30Victoria University71%72%72%
31Charles Sturt University74%69%71%
32Southern Cross University58%71%68%

Sources: Course Experience Questionnaire (2014-2015), University Experience Survey (2014-2015)

Universities are ranked by overall course satisfaction rates for current students and recent graduates.

3. Indicative Graduate Salaries

RankNursing SchoolEmployedStudyingOtherSalary
1University of Notre Dame Australia84%7%9%$51,040
2Charles Sturt University89%1%10%$50,960
3University of Adelaide90%1%9%$50,373
4Curtin University81%4%15%$49,686
5University of Canberra79%6%15%$49,358
6University of Newcastle85%6%9%$49,352
7University of Technology Sydney84%5%12%$49,164
8University of Wollongong87%5%7%$49,151
9University of South Australia82%5%13%$48,774
10Edith Cowan University76%4%20%$48,671
11Murdoch University73%8%19%$48,264
12University of Queensland72%4%24%$48,176
13Charles Darwin University78%5%18%$47,479
14James Cook University75%3%22%$47,121
15Southern Cross University81%3%16%$46,654
16CQUniversity75%4%21%$46,280
17University of Tasmania71%5%24%$45,709
18Monash University78%10%12%$45,345
19Deakin University83%3%13%$45,135
20Australian Catholic University79%3%18%$45,044
21La Trobe University81%3%16%$44,260
22University of New England75%2%23%$44,108
23Federation University Australia79%3%18%$43,350
24Flinders University67%5%28%$43,240
25Western Sydney University70%5%25%$42,930
26Griffith University64%4%32%$41,800
27University of Southern Queensland64%4%32%$41,520
28Queensland University of Technology61%5%34%$41,199
29RMIT University72%3%25%$40,830
30University of the Sunshine Coast66%4%29%$40,641
31Victoria University59%6%35%$36,875

Source: Graduate Destinations Survey (2013-2015)

The indicative graduate salary accounts for low incomes of unemployed graduates.