Australia’s first Catholic university celebrates its 25th anniversary

Australia's first Catholic university, The University of Notre Dame Australia, celebrated 25 years of excellence in tertiary education in 2014 with the silver anniversary of the passing of the University's Act of Parliament. Find out more in our Anniversary feature.

On 21 December 1989, the dreams and visions of a committed group of Western Australian Catholics were realised with the passing of The University of Notre Dame Australia Act by the Parliament of Western Australia.

From humble beginnings in Fremantle's historic West End, Notre Dame has grown to become a national university with one of the highest graduate employment rates in Australia.

With 11,000 students enrolled nationally, Notre Dame's nine Schools provide an excellent standard of training for the professions across three campuses in Fremantle, Broome and Sydney, along with clinical schools in New South Wales and Victoria.

Renowned for its commitment to the pastoral care of students, the University's operations are underpinned by its Objects which centre on providing a University education within a context of Catholic faith and values.

"Central to what makes Notre Dame unique is our focus on the personal development and nurturing of students. I'm proud that the investment we continue to make in our students will be realised for generations to come as our graduates enter their chosen vocations – from medicine to marketing; teaching to theatre; and physiotherapy to the priesthood," Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond, said.

In recognising this important milestone, the University held a range of student, alumni and community events nationally, culminating in Founders' Week from 11 August 2014.

“What makes this university special, and what we should be celebrating
in its 25th year is the people.That is what Notre Dame is about.”
Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond