From the Vice Chancellor

In 2014, The University of Notre Dame Australia celebrated 25 years of excellence in university teaching.

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.

Twenty-five years ago, Notre Dame established itself as a modern Australian university with its foundations firmly set in the esteemed Catholic Intellectual Traditions that have offered leadership in higher education for centuries.

From humble beginnings in Fremantle’s West End, the University has grown to a student population of more than 11,000 with one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country.

Notre Dame is now a truly national university with campuses in Fremantle, Broome and Sydney together with clinical schools in New South Wales and Victoria.

Central to what makes Notre Dame unique is our focus on the personal development and nurturing of each of our 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; physiotherapy to the priesthood.

Our 25th anniversary celebrations rightly saluted all of those who charted our initial course, those who turned the dream of Australia’s first Catholic university into reality, and those who continue to build on Notre Dame’s foundations and strengthen our important presence in higher education. Without all of these people, Notre Dame as an actual operating entity, with campuses, staff and students spread across Australia, would not exist.

In celebration of our 25th anniversary, Notre Dame held a number of significant events, including alumni sundowners, fundraising dinners, a Celebratory Mass for the Feast of the Assumption and a number of activities during Founders Week in August.

As a valued member of our Notre Dame community, I encourage you to reflect on our last 25 years and share with us your highlights, special achievements and memories of Notre Dame. Please send your ideas and recollections to

Professor Celia Hammond
Vice Chancellor