The Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRU Australia) is formed by a group of 6 leading universities:

IRU institutions in global ranking:

According to THES World Top 500 league tables:

- Newcastle is ranked 215th in 2007, 286th in 2008, 266th in 2009.

- Griffith is placed within the top five per cent of all universities in the world, ranked 291st globally in 2009.

- Murdoch is placed among the World Top 500 universities in 2008 and 2009.

- JCU is rated 355th globally in 2009.

- La Trobe is at 98th and Newcastle is at =127th in 2005.

- La Trobe is rated 54th and Newcastle equal 95th in the Top 100 universities for Arts and Humanities. (THES 2006)

- La Trobe is placed equal 98th in the Top 100 universities in Social Sciences (THES 2006)

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) league tables:

- JCU is one of only 15 Australian universities made the list of the top 500 Universities in the world (2007).

- La Trobe and Newcastle are rated 301-400 in 2006.

- Flinders and Murdoch are in the position of 401-500th globally in 2006.

* Suggested Reading: Newsweek Ranking of Australian Universities
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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek