Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a public university in Australia. It has seven Australian campuses and also maintains a campus in Rome.[3]

Australian Catholic University
Australian Catholic University (logo).svg
Other name
Former name
Catholic College of Education (1982–1990)
Established1991; 31 years ago (1991)
  • Catholic College of Education Sydney
  • Institute of Catholic Education Victoria
  • McAuley College of Queensland
  • Signadou College of Education Canberra
AffiliationUniversities Australia, ACCU, IFCU, ICUSTA, OUA
Religious affiliation
ChancellorMartin Daubney, AM[1]
Vice-ChancellorZlatko Skrbis[2]
ProvostMeg Stuart
ColorsPurple, Red & White
Australian Catholic University Signadou Campus in the Canberra suburb of Watson


Australian Catholic University was opened on 1 January 1991 following the amalgamation of four Catholic tertiary institutions in eastern Australia:[citation needed]

  • Catholic College of Education Sydney, New South Wales
  • Institute of Catholic Education, Victoria
  • McAuley College, Queensland
  • Signadou College of Education, Australian Capital Territory

These institutions had their origins in the mid-1800s, when religious orders and institutes became involved in preparing teachers for Catholic schools and, later, nurses for Catholic hospitals. Through a series of amalgamations, relocations, transfers of responsibilities and diocesan initiatives, more than 20 historical entities have contributed to the creation of the university.[citation needed]


ACU's vice-chancellor and president Professor Zlatko Skrbis is responsible for representing the university both nationally and internationally and for providing strategic leadership and management.

Deputy vice-chancellors have delegated responsibility for assigned areas of policy. These areas are academic, administration and resources, and research.

Each faculty is headed by an executive dean and supported by a number of associate deans and heads of schools.


ACU campus in Rome, Italy

ACU has seven campuses across Australia: Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney (Blacktown, North Sydney, Strathfield) with a Leadership Centre in Adelaide and another in Townsville. In 2015, the university opened the Rome Centre, a collaboration with the Catholic University of America, located in Rome, Italy.[4]

ACU campus in Melbourne, Victoria
ACU campus in North Sydney, New South Wales

Student lifeEdit

Each ACU campus has a student representative council and there is a national student body called the Australian Catholic University National Students' Association (ACUNSA), which advocates on behalf of students both individually and collectively.

The university hosts an annual national sporting event – the ACU Games – and students also compete in Australia's largest annual multisport event, the Australian University Games.

Notable alumniEdit

  • Ellie Cole - Paralympic swimmer and wheelchair basketball player

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Martin Daubney and Virginia Bourke appointed Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor". Australian Catholic University. 19 July 2021. Archived from the original on 19 July 2021. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Vice-Chancellor and President". Australian Catholic University. Archived from the original on 26 July 2021. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Australian Catholic University". Archived from the original on 21 August 2022. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Rome Centre" Archived 21 August 2022 at the Wayback Machine, ACU website

External linksEdit

Strategic Alliance of Catholic Universities

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