For the first time, six Australian universities have made the top 100 worldwide in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).
In all, 23 Australian universities made the top 500 ranking, many improving on their best ever result.
The University of Melbourne retained the highest ranking Australian university at 40 while the University of Queensland (UQ) move from 77th to 55th in the overall rankings.
Monash University moved into the top 100 for the first time while the Australian National University, University of Sydney and the University of Western Australia also featured in the top 100.
Since 2009 the ARWU rankings have been published independently by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. The rankings are based on six objective indicators with a focus on published and awarded research.