Australian university rankings – 2021 (Updated)

Australian universities rank amongst the best universities in the world. The quality of education reflects the ranking of any university. However, universities are not ranked only based upon what quality they offer, but many factors such as research outcome and excellence, graduate employability ratio, no of subjects offered, subject expertise of lectures and professors and many more. These studies are conducted by various magazines, governments and academia. Some of the best organisations which rank these universities are mentioned below. In the tables below, only Australian universities are listed. Please use our course search page to search for courses and universities.

Most prestigious global rankings

  1. Academic Ranking of World Universities
  2. QS World University Rankings
  3. Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Academic Rankings of World Universities

According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities conducted in 2021, these are the top Australian universities:

World Rank

National Rank

Institution/University

State

33

1

The University of Melbourne

VIC

51

2

The University of Queensland

QLD

65

3

The University of New South Wales

NSW

69

4

University of Sydney

NSW

76

5

The Australian National University

ACT

80

6

Monash University

VIC

96

7

The University of Western Australia

WA

101-150

8

The University of Adelaide

SA

201-300

9-17

Curtin University

NSW

201-300

9-17

Deakin University

VIC

201-300

9-17

Griffith University

NSW

201-300

9-17

James Cook University

QLD

201-300

9-17

Macquarie University

NSW

201-300

9-17

Queensland University of Technology

QLD

201-300

9-17

Swinburne University of Technology

VIC

201-300

9-17

University of Technology Sydney

NSW

201-300

9-17

University of Wollongong

NSW

301-400

18-22

La Trobe University

NSW

301-400

18-22

RMIT University

VIC

301-400

18-22

The University of Newcastle

NSW

301-400

18-22

University of Tasmania

TAS

301-400

18-22

Western Sydney University

WA

401-500

23-24

Flinders University

SA

401-500

23-24

University of South Australia

SA

501-600

25-27

Australian Catholic University

NSW

501-600

25-27

Edith Cowan University

NSW

501-600

25-27

Murdoch University

WA

601-700

28-30

University of New England

NSW

601-700

28-30

University of Southern Queensland

QLD

601-700

28-30

University of the Sunshine Coast

QLD

701-800

31

University of Canberra

ACT

801-900

32

Southern Cross University

NSW

901-1000

33-34

Bond University

QLD

901-1000

33-34

Charles Darwin University

NSW

QS World University Rankings

According to QS World University Ranking conducted in 2021, these are the top Australian universities:

World Rank

University

State

31

Australian National University

ACT

40

University of Sydney

NSW

41

University of Melbourne

VIC

44

University of New South Wales

NSW

46

University of Queensland

QLD

55

Monash University

VIC

92

University of Western Australia

WA

106

University of Adelaide

SA

133

University of Technology Sydney

NSW

196

University of Wollongong

NSW

197

University of Newcastle – Australia

NSW

214

Macquarie University

NSW

217

Curtin University

NSW

217

Queensland University of Technology

QLD

223

RMIT University

VIC

275

Deakin University

VIC

295

University of South Australia

SA

303

Griffith University

NSW

308

University of Tasmania

TAS

372

Swinburne University of Technology

VIC

398

La Trobe University

VIC

414

Bond University

QLD

423

Flinders University

SA

456

University of Canberra

ACT

462

James Cook University

QLD

474

University of Western Sydney

NSW

551-560

Victoria University – Melbourne

VIC

571-580

Murdoch University

WA

591-600

Central Queensland University

QLD

651-700

Edith Cowan University

NSW

701-750

Charles Darwin University

NT

701-750

University of Southern Queensland

QLD

751-800

Southern Cross University

NSW

801-1000

Australian Catholic University

NSW

801-1000

Charles Sturt University

NSW

801-1000

University of New England

NSW

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

According to Times Higher Education World University Ranking conducted in 2021, these are the top Australian universities:

World Rank

University

State

33

University of Melbourne

VIC

54

Australian National University

ACT

54

The University of Queensland

QLD

57

Monash University

VIC

58

University of Sydney

NSW

70

UNSW Sydney

NSW

111

University of Adelaide

SA

132

The University of Western Australia

WA

143

University of Technology Sydney

NSW

170

University of Canberra

ACT

192

Macquarie University

NSW

193

Queensland University of Technology

QLD

201–250

Griffith University

QLD

201–250

La Trobe University

VIC

201–250

Western Sydney University

NSW

201–250

University of Wollongong

NSW

251–300

Australian Catholic University

NSW

251–300

Curtin University

WA

251–300

Deakin University

VIC

251–300

Flinders University

SA

251–300

James Cook University

QLD

251–300

University of Newcastle

NSW

301–350

RMIT University

VIC

301–350

University of South Australia

SA

301–350

Swinburne University of Technology

VIC

301–350

University of Tasmania

TAS

401–500

Edith Cowan University

WA

401–500

University of Southern Queensland

QLD

401–500

Victoria University

VIC

501–600

Bond University

QLD

501–600

Charles Darwin University

NT

501–600

Murdoch University

WA

601–800

Federation University Australia

VIC

601–800

Southern Cross University

NSW

601–800

University of the Sunshine Coast

QLD

801–1000

Central Queensland University

QLD

801–1000

Charles Sturt University

NSW

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