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Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University

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Australian Catholic University (ACU) is one of the fastest growing universities in Australia, with fantastic new facilities, award-winning buildings, and world-renowned academics.

The University has seven campuses around Australia – in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (North Sydney and Strathfield). Its students learn to think critically and be guided by social justice principals.

ACU is recognised for its supportive and nurturing learning environment and close links with industry, giving students the chance to gain hands-on experience in the workplace.

As a Catholic and public university, ACU teaches within the Catholic intellectual tradition, and is open to students of all beliefs and backgrounds. 


ACU was opened on 1 January 1991 following the amalgamation of four Catholic tertiary institutions in eastern Australia:

  • Catholic College of Education Sydney in New South Wales
  • Institute of Catholic Education in Victoria
  • McAuley College of Queensland
  • Signadou College of Education in the 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. 

Student Life

ACU offers a vibrant student experience.

The University has a range of clubs, societies and activities to suit all tastes – from sport and fitness events to music, art, language, debating and creative activities. Its student association, ACUNSA, represents the student body and facilitates local clubs and social events.

ACU is determined to make a difference to the world we live in and offers a huge range of community engagement and volunteering opportunities, both in Australia and overseas.

Campus Ministry works to bring the distinctive Catholic identity and mission of ACU to life. Each campus has a campus minister and chaplain as well as a student faith group.

The University offers a range of support services and resources, including academic, careers, disability and Indigenous advisers as well as counselling and financial services.

ACU also offers a range of student accommodation options. 

Study Information


ACU offers more than 70 scholarship and bursaries to commencing and continuing students. Scholarships and bursaries reward community engagement, recognise academic achievement and assist with university expenses. 

Fee Help

Most undergraduates are Commonwealth supported students and are able to defer payment through the Higher Education Loan Program. Available schemes include: