Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a national public teaching and research university. It has seven campuses and offers programs in four faculties throughout Australia. The university was formed on 1 January 1989 following the amalgamation of the Catholic College of Education in Sydney, the Institute of Catholic Education in Melbourne, McAuley College in Brisbane and Signadou College in Canberra. As its name implies, the university has a Catholic identity, history, and mission.


ACU offers the opportunity for students to experience the very best of what academic study in Australia can offer. This, combined with focusing on social responsibility and teaching inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, means that students achieve success both during their time with ACU and upon joining the other 70,000 strong alumni community after graduation.

ACU is highly ranked by The Good Universities Guide 2014 for gaining full-time employment and starting salary, staff qualifications and cultural diversity, assuring you a high-quality academic and social experience.

ACU have extensive (and growing) links with more than 100 institutions in over 25 countries, opening the doors of the world to you.

ACU has seven campuses in six different cities:

  1. North Sydney Campus (MacKillop)
  2. Strathfield Campus (Mount St Mary)
  3. Melbourne Campus (St Patrick’s)
  4. Ballarat Campus (Aquinas)
  5. Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo)
  6. Canberra Campus (Signadou)
  7. Adelaide Campus (St Francis of Assisi)
Brisbane Campus
Stathfield Campus, Sydney

ACU has four faculties, each offering a range of courses:

Education and Arts
  • Education, arts and humanities,
  • Global studies and international development studies,
  • Mathematics,
  • Media communications,
  • Social science,
  • Youth work, and creative arts,
  • Visual arts and design.
Health Sciences
  • Counselling
  • Environmental Science
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Science
  • Mental Health
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Paramedicine, Physiotherapy
  • Public Health
  • Psychology
  • Social Work And Speech Pathology
Law & Business
  • Commerce
  • Business Administration
  • Accounting And Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Human Resource Management
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Occupational Health And Safety
  • Sustainability
Theology & Philosophy
  • These disciplines encourage students to search for wisdom, knowledge and truth.
Melbourne Campus
Canberra Campus

ACU Facts:

When it comes to finding a job, Australian Catholic University students are the most successful in Victoria, with 72.4 per cent finding full-time work within four months of graduating.
Median starting salaries
Source: University student experience survey – QILT 2015
Student satisfaction rates
Source: University student experience survey – QILT 2015