University of Notre Dame Australia

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Coordinates: 32°3′24″S 115°44′37″E / 32.05667°S 115.74361°E / -32.05667; 115.74361

University of Notre Dame Australia
University of Notre Dame Australia Logo.svg
Motto In principio erat Verbum
Motto in English
"In the beginning was the Word"
Established 1989
Type Private
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Location Fremantle & Broome, WA,
Sydney, NSW
Campus ACCU
NDEA (International affiliate)
St Benedict's Church and University of Notre Dame, Sydney
Westpac Bank building, one of the many buildings in Fremantle's west end restored and used by UNDA

The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) is an Australian private Roman Catholic university established in 1989 in the Western Australian port city of Fremantle. Although it is a private university, Notre Dame receives significant government funding. While the university claims "strong collegial links"[1] with the American University of Notre Dame located in Notre Dame, Indiana, they are separate institutions.


The university's founding president and vice-chancellor was the Reverend David T. Link, who continued serving as dean of the university's law school during the two years it took to establish Notre Dame Australia.

On 5 August 2008, Notre Dame appointed the third vice-chancellor of the university's history, Celia Hammond. Hammond is a qualified lawyer and was previously the head of the university's law school in Fremantle. Hammond stated in her inauguration speech that knowledge and learning must be within a framework of humanity in order to ensure that students have love and respect for the world, not just wisdom. She also said:

"At Notre Dame we are not simply transmitters of information, creators of knowledge. Our mission will always be to teach and to educate in an environment that encourages people to seek understanding, to seek wisdom, to seek to serve, to seek to live in a way that fulfils everyone’s higher purpose."[2]


The university crest is an open Bible.

The waves below the open Bible represents the Fremantle area (the origin of the university) and Australia, a nation surrounded by water.[3]


The university has campuses in Fremantle and Broome, Western Australia, and in two locations in Sydney, New South Wales.

The Fremantle and Broome campuses form Western Australia's smallest university, with just over 7000 students enrolled in 2008.[4]

In 2006, Notre Dame Australia established its first campus in Sydney in the suburb of Chippendale close to the CBD. The rapidly expanding campus occupies part of the complex of St Benedict's Church, with which it retains close ties. There are over 3000 students enrolled in arts, business, law and nursing courses. In 2008 the first cohort of students commenced at the new buildings for the schools of nursing and medicine, Darlinghurst campus. Students from the schools of nursing and medicine complete practical components of their education at most major Sydney and rural New South Wales hospitals.

From its Darlinghurst location the Sydney school of nursing offers both postgraduate and undergraduate studies.

Organisation and administration[edit]


The governance structure of Notre Dame is determined largely by its enabling act of parliament and its statutes. These specify the source, role and functions of its trustees, board of directors and board of governors and the principal officers and academic leaders of the university.

Danny Casey Business Manager, Archdiocese of Sydney; Archbishop of Sydney nominee
Margaret Fisher Government Relations Consultant, New South Wales
Tina D'Orsogna Company Director, Western Australia
Celia Hammond Vice Chancellor
Michael Keating Dean, St Mary's Cathedral, Perth; Archbishop of Perth nominee
Kevin Long Rector, St Charles Seminary, Western Australia
Edward A. Malloy President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame, Indiana USA
Neville Owen Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia
Michael Perrott Company Director, Western Australia
Peter Prendiville Deputy Chancellor; Chairman, Prendiville Enterprises, Western Australia
Michael Reutens Archbishop of Perth nominee
Terence Tobin Chancellor; Barrister, New South Wales. Archbishop of Sydney nominee
Danny Casey Business Manager, Archdiocese of Sydney, New South Wales
Justin Carroll Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Western Australia
Tina D'Orsogna Company Director, Western Australia
Ron Dullard Director, Catholic Education Office of Western Australia
Don Good Trustee, Sisters of St John of God Healthcare, Western Australia
Celia Hammond Vice Chancellor
Con Michael Medical Director, St John of God Healthcare, Western Australia
Karl Morris CEO & Managing Director, Ord Minnett Ltd, New South Wales
Stephen Newton Joint Managing Director, Arcadia Funds Management, New South Wales
Michael Perrott Company Director, Western Australia
Peter Prendiville Deputy Chancellor; Chairman, Prendiville Enterprises, Western Australia
Terry Prindiville Managing Director, Prindiville Investments, Western Australia
Terence Tobin QC Chancellor; Barrister, New South Wales
William Beauchamp President, University of Portland, USA
Kelvin Canavan Executive Director Emeritus, Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Sydney
Rosanna Capolingua General Practitioner, Western Australia
Michael Casey Private Secretary to the Archbishop of Sydney
Fred Chaney Architect and Director, Cox Howlett and Bailey Woodland
Bruce Cullam Business Manager, Western Australia
Jerry Donovan Chartered Accountant, Western Australia
John Dunford Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
Christopher Ellison Former Senator and Commonwealth Government Minister
Margaret Fisher Government Relations Consultant, New South Wales
Catherine Harris Senior Executive, Harris Farm Markets, New South Wales
Toby Hicks Partner, Steinepreis Paganin Lawyers and Consultants
Gerard Holohan Bishop of Bunbury, Western Australia
Jack de Groot CEO, Caritas Australia
Tricia Kavanagh Judge, Industrial Court and Deputy President, Industrial Commission of New South Wales
David Malcolm Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, Professor of Law, School of Law, Fremantle Campus
Rommie Masarei Community Representative, Western Australia
Robert Mazza Judge, Supreme Court of Western Australia
John McEncroe General Practitioner, Victoria
Michael McNulty Partner, Deloitte Consulting, Western Australia
Tony Meagher Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Court of Appeal
Wilson D. Miscamble Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, Indiana USA
Serena Nathan Journalist and writer, Western Australia
John Prendiville Chairman, Point Capital Pty Ltd
Mark Poorman Executive Vice President and Associate Professor of Theology, University of Portland, USA
Kevin Prindiville Company Director, Western Australia
Peter Quinlan Senior Counsel, Western Australia
Vincent Redden Vicar for Clergy; Parish Priest, St Mark's Drummoyne, New South Wales
Bill Reed Business Manager, Broome, Western Australia
Mark Scatena General Manager Finance- Property and Store Development,Coles Victoria
David Scarf Ambassador of the Order of Malta
Charles Waddell Parish Priest, St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Parish, Claremont Western Australia
Dan White Executive Director of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Sydney
Frank Wilson Managing Partner, Wilson & Atkinson Lawyers, Western Australia
Carolyn Y Woo President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services, Baltimore USA
Cedric Wyatt Indigenous leader; former CEO of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Western Australia



The university has three campuses offering courses in the following schools:[6]

  • School of Arts and Sciences (Broome, Fremantle and Sydney)
  • School of Business (Fremantle and Sydney)
  • School of Education (Broome, Fremantle and Sydney)
  • School of Health Sciences (Fremantle)
  • School of Law (Fremantle and Sydney)
  • School of Medicine (Fremantle and Sydney)
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery (Broome and Fremantle); School of Nursing (Sydney)
  • School of Philosophy and Theology (Broome, Fremantle and Sydney)
  • School of Physiotherapy (Fremantle)

Law school[edit]

The university's law school participates in Australian Law Students' Association competitions and the AAT Mooting competitions as well as the International Maritime Moot competition. For the past twoTemplate:Clarifyy years, the school has recorded success, often finishing in the top five.[citation needed]

The law school ensures that all students complete a "moot" unit (known as "advocacy"). It is generally expected that law students require at least some moot experience prior to graduating.

The Notre Dame Law School Society provides a number of competitions throughout the year which consists of:

  • Senior Mooting Competition
  • Junior Mooting Competition
  • Negotiations
  • Client Interview
  • AAT Moot



The university's objects are defined in its act of parliament:[7]

  • the provision of university education, within a context of Catholic faith and values; and
  • the provision of an excellent standard of
    • teaching, scholarship and research;
    • training for the professions; and
    • pastoral care for its students.

Catholic ethos[edit]

The university ensures that it maintains its Catholic ethos[8] by providing students and staff with various facilities. One of the most prominent expressions of this ethos is the daily Mass at the university's chapels; 12:35 at both the Fremantle and Sydney campuses. Each school takes turns to facilitate Mass on Wednesdays (such as providing lectors for the readings) and a schola cantorum compused of students, staff and faculty sing Masses on both campuses.

Quality assurance[edit]

The university is a self-accrediting institution and is subject to regular quality audits and registration processes undertaken by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.[9]

Facilities and services[edit]


The main library on the Fremantle campus of Notre Dame Australia is named St Teresa's. The campus also contains the more specialised Craven Law Library and the Galvin Medical Library.

Located on Sydney's Broadway campus is St Benedict's Library and on campus at Darlinghurst is the Benedict XVI medical library.

Student support[edit]

Although Notre Dame promotes itself as a university with small class sizes, Commonwealth statistics suggest that Notre Dame has a larger number of (full-time equivalent) students per (full-time equivalent) staff member. Overall, there are around 36 students per staff member, compared with the national average of 20.[10]

The student life office provides students and staff with a number of services including:

  • Counselling
  • Academic workshops
  • Study abroad
  • Pastoral care
  • Sporting events
  • Community service

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] University of Notre Dame Australia Website
  2. ^ [2] University of Notre Dame Australia Website - Vice Chancellor Speech
  3. ^ "More information here". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  4. ^ "Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations". 2008-08-17. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  5. ^ [3] Notre Dame website
  6. ^ [4] University Academic Structure 2010
  7. ^ "Objects of the University". Retrieved 2015-01-30. 
  8. ^ [5] Notre Dame's statement on being a Catholic university
  9. ^ "Quality assurance". University of Notre Dame Australia. 
  10. ^ [6] Commonwealth DEEWR 2008 full year staff and student statistics

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