Australian universities are represented through the national universities’ lobbying body Universities Australia (previously called Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee). Eight universities in the list have grouped themselves together, in recognition of their perceived status and/or history, and classify themselves as the ‘Group of Eight (Australian universities)’ or ‘G8’. Other university networks also exist with less prominence (e.g., the Australian Technology Network of Universities; the Innovative Research Universities – Australia group).

Below are a list of some reputable university groups in Australia