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

The 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"
Type Private
Established 1989
Religious affiliation
Chancellor The Hon Chris Ellison
Vice-Chancellor Professor Celia Hammond
Location Fremantle and Broome, Western Australia
Sydney, New South Wales
, Australia
Campus Urban
Affiliations IFCU (ASEACCU)
Universities Australia

The University of Notre Dame Australia is an Australian private Catholic university established in 1989. Its main campus is in Fremantle, Western Australia, with satellite campuses in Broome, Western Australia, and Sydney, New South Wales.


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 was founded in 1989 by president and vice-chancellor, 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. Peter Tannock succeeded Link and served as vice-chancellor, expanding the university's operations to Sydney and northwest Western Australia, and broadening the university's schools. Celia Hammond, a lawyer, was appointed as the university's third vice-chancellor in 2008. Hammond was previously the head of the university's law school in Fremantle.[1]


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

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.

Academic structure[edit]

The university has three campuses offering courses in the following schools:[2]

  • 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)


The university offers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate, research, vocational education and training (VET) and pathway courses.

  • Arts and sciences – archaeology, Aboriginal studies, behavioural science, counselling, history, journalism, politics, social justice and theatre studies
  • Business – accounting, economics, finance, marketing, public relations, sport and recreation management
  • Education – early childhood, primary and secondary
  • Health sciences (Fremantle campus only) – outdoor recreation, health promotion, exercise and sport science, health and physical education and biomedical science
  • Law
  • Medicine (graduate entry only)
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Philosophy and theology
  • Physiotherapy (Fremantle campus only) – including an online postgraduate course in burn and trauma rehabilitation
  • Pathways – alternative entry and academic enabling programs are also available
  • VET (Broome campus only) – education, health and community services and nursing


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's objects are defined in its act of parliament:[4]

  • 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[5] 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 pm at both the Fremantle and Sydney campuses.

Its Institute for Ethics and Society in Sydney publishes Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics.


As of 2017, the University is ranked equal 29th in the Australian University Rankings, tied with six other universities. This is the bottom position in the rankings.

University rankings
Australian rankings
ERA National[7] 39[6]

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.[8]

Facilities and services[edit]


Tannock Hall

Fremantle Campus has three libraries: St Teresa's Library, the Galvin Medical Library and the Craven Law Library.

Sydney Campus has St Benedict's Library (Broadway) and the Benedict XVI Medical Library (Darlinghurst).

There is also a library on the Broome Campus.

Student support[edit]

Student Services office provides students and staff with a number of services including:

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

Notable people[edit]

The current and fifth chancellor of the university, since 2017, is Chris Ellison, a WA-based former Senator.[9] The current vice-chancellor and chief executive officer of the university, since 5 August 2008, is Celia Hammond, a lawyer.[1][10]

Alumni and faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hammond, Celia (5 August 2008). Title (Speech). Fremantle, Western Australia: University of Notre Dame Australia. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  2. ^ University Academic Structure 2010
  3. ^ "More information here". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  4. ^ "Objects of the University". Retrieved 2015-01-30. 
  5. ^ [1] Notre Dame's statement on being a Catholic university
  6. ^ "All unis winners in research audit". The Australian. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Australian University Rankings". Australian Education Network. 
  8. ^ "Quality assurance". University of Notre Dame Australia. 
  9. ^ "New Chancellor" (Press release). Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  10. ^ "Vice-Chancellor: Professor Celia Hammond". The University of Notre Dame Australia. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 

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