The top Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy unis in Australia for 2017 are

  1. University of Notre Dame Australia
  2. Australian Catholic University
  3. University of Queensland

Uni Reviews ranked Australian universities by a formula using:

  • faculty size (student numbers)
  • studnent and graduate satisfaction with physio and occupational therapy courses (% satisfied)
  • indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates).

University of Notre Dame Australia

The School of Physiotherapy at Notre Dame tops the subject rankings for Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

The School has both the highest course satisfaction rate and indicative graduate salary.

Australian Catholic University

The School of Physiotherapy at ACU is ranked 2nd in Australia for 2017.

The School, which has campuses in Brisbane and North Sydney, produces excellent results for graduates ($57,517 indicative starting salary).

University of Queensland

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at UQ is among the top 3 for Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

The School gets good ratings across all quality indicators.

Physio and Occupational Therapy Rankings

Rank University Size* Satisfaction Grad salary
1 University of Notre Dame Australia 231 97% $58,516
2 Australian Catholic University 616 89% $57,517
3 University of Queensland 572 92% $52,386
4 University of South Australia 753 91% $50,674
5 Curtin University 866 91% $50,219
6 University of Newcastle 443 90% $51,979
7 James Cook University 359 86% $56,414
8 Western Sydney University 292 88% $54,032
9 Charles Sturt University 338 86% $53,172
10 Southern Cross University 109 90% $52,443
11 Monash University 375 91% $44,474
12 University of the Sunshine Coast 200 91% $45,442
13 La Trobe University 476 83% $46,829
14 Deakin University 215 90% $41,186
15 University of Sydney 365 78% $47,584

Updated: 13 November 2016

* Combined sample size for student course satisfaction surveys.

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

Student Course Satisfaction

Rank University Graduates Students Overall
1 University of Notre Dame Australia 94% 97% 97%
2 University of Canberra 93% 95%
3 Griffith University 91% 93%
4 Edith Cowan University 94% 90% 92%
5 University of Queensland 94% 90% 92%
6 University of the Sunshine Coast 94% 89% 91%
7 Monash University 93% 89% 91%
8 University of South Australia 95% 87% 91%
9 Curtin University 90% 89% 91%
10 University of Newcastle 91% 88% 90%
11 Deakin University 93% 87% 90%
12 Southern Cross University 94% 86% 90%
13 Australian Catholic University 85% 89% 89%
14 Western Sydney University 93% 86% 88%
15 CQUniversity 87% 88%
16 James Cook University 92% 82% 86%
17 Charles Sturt University 87% 84% 86%
18 La Trobe University 85% 78% 83%
19 University of Sydney 71% 79% 78%

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

Universities are ranked by graduate satisfaction. For further details, see Course Ratings by Students.

Indicative Graduate Salaries

Rank University Employed Studying Other Salary
1 University of Notre Dame Australia 87% 5% 8% $58,516
2 Australian Catholic University 94% 2% 5% $57,517
3 James Cook University 89% 3% 8% $56,414
4 Western Sydney University 82% 8% 11% $54,032
5 Charles Sturt University 90% 2% 9% $53,172
6 Southern Cross University 88% 0% 12% $52,443
7 University of Queensland 83% 5% 13% $52,386
8 University of Newcastle 87% 4% 9% $51,979
9 University of South Australia 85% 2% 14% $50,674
10 Curtin University 75% 4% 21% $50,219
11 University of Sydney 77% 5% 18% $47,584
12 La Trobe University 80% 4% 16% $46,829
13 University of the Sunshine Coast 74% 1% 25% $45,442
14 Monash University 73% 3% 24% $44,474
15 Deakin University 65% 2% 33% $41,186

Source: Graduate Destinations Survey (2013-2015)

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

For further details, see Graduate Salaries by University.