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 (est. 1989) is a national Catholic university with Campuses in Fremantle and Broome in Western Australia, and Sydney in New South Wales. The University also has seven clinical schools as part of its School of Medicine located across Sydney, Melbourne, and in regional NSW and Victoria.[1]

Notre Dame is not part of the WA Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) or the NSW Universities Admissions Centre and students apply directly to the University through its admissions process.[2]


Notre Dame has campuses located in Fremantle and Broome in Western Australia. The University’s Sydney campus is spread across two sites – one based in Broadway and the other in Darlinghurst adjacent to the St Vincent’s Hospital.

The School of Medicine Sydney has seven clinical schools in Sydney, Melbourne and in rural locations across the east coast.

The Sydney Clinical School is located across St Vincent’s & Mater Clinical School at St Vincent’s Hospital, Auburn Clinical School at Auburn Hospital and Hawkesbury Clinical School at Hawkesbury Health Service. The Melbourne Clinical School is located at the Werribee Mercy Hospital.

The Rural Clinical Schools are located at Lithgow Clinical School at Lithgow Hospital, Ballarat Clinical School at St John of God Hospital Ballarat, and Wagga Wagga Clinical School at Calvary Health Care Riverina.


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.[3]

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.

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.[4]


All undergraduate students must take the Core Curriculum as part of their degree. The Core Curriculum comprises units of study in Theology, Philosophy and Ethics.

Notre Dame’s Medicine students study a unique Core unit known as Bioethics, whilst students on the Broome Campus study ‘Aboriginal People and Spirituality’ as part of their degree.[5]

The university has three campuses offering courses in the following schools:[6]

  • 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)

Notre Dame’s degrees in the areas of accounting, counselling, education, human resource management, law, management, medicine, nursing and midwifery, and physiotherapy all meet accreditation requirements of the relevant state, national and/or professional bodies.[7][8]

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 (postgraduate) - Doctor of Medicine, Pre-Medicine Certificate available at the Fremantle Campus
  • 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


Notre Dame has three institutes for scholarship and research located across its Campuses.

  • The Institute for Health Research (Fremantle Campus)
  • Nulungu Research Institute (Broome Campus)
  • The Institute for Ethics and Society (Sydney Campus)

The Institute for Health Research draws on the clinical expertise within Notre Dame’s Schools of Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing & Midwifery and Physiotherapy to develop research partnerships and projects that support the healthy ageing of all Australians. Nulungu collaborates with national and international universities, government and Indigenous Australian communities to develop research outcomes of benefit to the country’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Institute for Ethics and Society pursues philosophical and interdisciplinary research across five core areas: applied and professional ethics; ethics education; bioethics; religion and global society; and Indigenous research and ethics.[9]

Student life

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.

Notre Dame has dedicated Student Services Offices where students can seek career advice, take part in on-Campus activities, join social clubs, participate in sporting events and volunteer in the local community.

Reflecting the University’s Catholic ethos, Campus Ministry / Chaplaincy are located on all three Campuses which are responsible for living out Notre Dame’s mission. The Campus Ministry teams provide students with growth opportunities in the areas of prayer and service, liturgy and life, and friendship and community – all supporting the spiritual life of the University.

Mass is celebrated each weekday on the Fremantle and Sydney Campuses, and on Wednesdays in Broome. [10]

Notable people

The current and fifth chancellor of the university, since 2017, is Chris Ellison, a WA-based former Senator.[11] The current vice-chancellor and chief executive officer of the University, since 5 August 2008, is Celia Hammond, a former lawyer.[12][13]

See also


  1. ^ Dame, Notre. "Notre Dame". Notre Dame. 
  2. ^ Dame, Notre. "Admission requirements". Notre Dame. 
  3. ^ "Quality assurance". University of Notre Dame Australia. 
  4. ^ "More information here". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  5. ^ Dame, Notre. "Catholic intellectual tradition". Notre Dame. 
  6. ^ "University Academic Structure 2010". 
  7. ^ "Undergraduate Guide 2019". 
  8. ^ "Postgraduate Research Guide". 
  9. ^ Dame, Notre. "Research at Notre Dame". Notre Dame. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ "New Chancellor" (Press release). Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  12. ^ Hammond, Celia (5 August 2008). Title (Speech). Fremantle, Western Australia: University of Notre Dame Australia. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Vice-Chancellor: Professor Celia Hammond". The University of Notre Dame Australia. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
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