Australian Catholic University

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Australian Catholic University
ACU logo 2014.jpg
Type Public
Established 1 January 1991 (1991-01-01)
Chancellor John Fahey, AC
Vice-Chancellor Greg Craven
Students 32 000
Location Australia
Campus Urban, suburban, rural
Affiliations Universities Australia, ACCU, IFCU, ICUSTA, OUA

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a national public teaching and research university. It has seven campuses and offers programs in four faculties throughout Australia.[1] The university was formed on 1 January 1989 following the amalgamation of the Catholic College of Education in Sydney, the Institute of Catholic Education in Melbourne, McAuley College in Brisbane and Signadou College in Canberra.[2] As its name implies, the university has a Catholic identity, history, and mission.[3]


ACU has four faculties, each offering a range of courses:[4]

  • Education and Arts – including education, arts and humanities, global studies and international development studies, mathematics, media communications, social science, youth work, and creative arts, visual arts and design.
  • Health Sciences – including counselling, environmental science, exercise physiology, exercise science, mental health, midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, paramedicine, physiotherapy, public health, psychology, social work and speech pathology.
  • Law and Business – including commerce, business administration, accounting and finance, information technology, human resource management, law, marketing, supply chain management, occupational health and safety, and sustainability.
  • Theology and Philosophy – these disciplines encourage students to search for wisdom, knowledge and truth.

In addition to the above four faculties, the university has a number of research institutes, programs, one academy, organisational units, partnerships and associated centres.


Signadou Campus in Watson, ACT

ACU has seven campuses in six cities:[5]

  • North Sydney Campus (MacKillop)
  • Strathfield Campus (Mount St Mary)
  • Melbourne Campus (St Patrick's)
  • Ballarat Campus (Aquinas)
  • Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo)
  • Canberra Campus (Signadou)
  • Adelaide Campus (St Francis of Assisi)

In addition there is The Rome Centre, a collaboration with The Catholic University of America, in Rome.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our university". Australian Catholic University. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Our history". Australian Catholic University. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Directorate of Identity and Mission". Australian Catholic University. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Faculties, institutes and centres". Australian Catholic University. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Campuses". Australian Catholic University. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rome Centre". Australian Catholic University. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 

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Coordinates: 27°22′41″S 153°05′20″E / 27.378°S 153.089°E / -27.378; 153.089 (Australian Catholic University (Brisbane Campus))