Australian Catholic University (ACU) was opened on 1 January 1991 following the amalgamation of four Catholic tertiary institutions in eastern Australia:
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.
Within the Catholic intellectual tradition and acting in Truth and Love, Australian Catholic University is committed to the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human person and the common good.
Our university is founded on a long history of commitment to our core values of truth, academic excellence and service. But there are other important values that enhance the ACU experience for students and staff, including equity, diversity, accessibility, wellbeing and sustainability.
We are a world-leading research university in our priority areas of education, health, and theology and philosophy. Our culture of research excellence is founded on the principles of social justice and attracts global experts, students and collaborators from across the globe.
Our research institutes collaborate with strategic partners across Australia and the world to create real impact in our key research areas. Their research focuses on health, theology and philosophy, and education, and is founded on the principles of social justice and the common good.
We’re the university of choice for the new generation choosing to serve others. Connect with the next cohort through our Career Development Service. Share a job or placement opportunity with our students, check student qualifications, and see why recruiting from ACU is a move for good.
Our students see the world differently, looking past short-term gratification to focus on lasting, positive impact. Their future is bright. And you can give them their first big chance to shine.
Your time at university shouldn’t just be spent in a lecture theatre. Take advantage of the many facilities spread across our campuses to ensure that your university experience is enriching and satisfying.
University life can be fun, but busy. That’s why our off-campus student accommodation options are designed to make your home life easy.
One of your greatest assets in your quest for scholarly success is getting to know your library. Whether you’re browsing our online databases on a laptop at home or searching the stacks for that book you need, our campus libraries are powerful tools for teaching, learning and research.
IT support staff are available in the library for students who are experiencing IT issues on campus. IT staff are usually only available Monday to Friday during the semester. Drop in times may vary.
ACU has two on-campus medical centres in Brisbane and Melbourne. They offer comprehensive, high-quality healthcare services to ACU students, staff and the local community.
Student associations are run by students, for students. They provide services, activities and representation for all students.
There are three types of student association at ACU:
Each of these groups has a particular role in supporting and representing our student bodies.
These groups also have one thing in common: they all rely on students getting involved and working to make the ACU experience great for everyone.