Australian University Rankings Guide

ERA Excellence Research Rankings

ERA Research Rankings Australian Universities

ERA Excellence in Research for Australia is an ongoing triennial evaluation of the breadth and depth of research conducted within Australia's university sector. The last survey was conducted in 2015 so there are no results for 2016 or 2017 and the results for 2018 are not yet available.

ERA Research Excellence Rankings
University2015(2012)(2010)Breadth
Australian National University 1 3 1 19
University of Melbourne 2 1 2 22
University of Queensland 3 3 3 22
Monash University 4 6 6 21
University of Sydney 5 2 5 22
University of New South Wales 6 5 4 21
University of Adelaide 7 8 8 22
University of South Australia 8 16 20 16
University of Wollongong 9 10 11 19
Queensland University of Technology 10 13 9 19
University of Newcastle 11 14 16 20
Southern Cross University 12 11 25 8
Macquarie University 13 9 10 21
University of Technology Sydney 14 14 21 18
RMIT University 15 18 22 16
University of Tasmania 16 12 13 20
University of Western Australia 17 7 7 21
Curtin University 18 30 23 20
La Trobe University 19 23 15 19
University of New England 20 31 28 17
Griffith University 21 18 12 19
Deakin University 22 20 17 19
Swinburne University of Technology 23 17 18 17
Murdoch University 24 26 18 17
Australian Catholic University 25 33 29 9
Flinders University 26 32 29 21
Western Sydney University 27 22 29 20
James Cook University 28 21 14 17
CQUniversity 29 24 29 13
University of Southern Queensland 31 34 25 12
Victoria University 32 34 29 12
University of Canberra 33 34 27 11
Charles Darwin University 34 25 24 8
University of the Sunshine Coast 35 27 29 8
Edith Cowan University 36 34 29 11
Federation University 37 34 29 13
Charles Sturt University 38 29 29 14
University of Notre Dame 39 34 29 4
Bond University 40 27 29 8

Key & Notes

* Breadth key indicators are total research outputs and research income along with research items relevant to the context of the research being conducted across a range of research areas.


The ERA rankings show some movement at the very top of the league table as the universities maneuver for the converted number one position. It is essential to note that not all universities are interested in ERA measurements and are more focused on vocationally oriented outcomes for their graduates.

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