Australian Catholic University Chancellor John Fahey

The Hon. John Fahey AC

Chancellor of Australian Catholic University

The Hon John Fahey AC has been a figure in public life for more than 30 years. He has shown exemplary leadership and integrity at the highest level of government, sport, community organisations and business.

Mr Fahey was New South Wales Premier from 1992-95 before entering federal politics, and serving as the Minister for Finance and Administration in the Howard government until 2001. He was instrumental in securing the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, acting as Chairman of the bid team. In 2002 Mr Fahey was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for his work in the political arena, and facilitation of industry growth and industrial relations reform.

Five years later he became President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, a position he held until November 2013. In this role Mr Fahey was a driving force behind moves to increase and enhance drug testing in sport around the world.

Mr Fahey currently chairs the Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate, and is the fourth Chancellor of Australian Catholic 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.

The University prides itself on producing work-ready graduates with values underpinned by education in the Catholic intellectual tradition. ACU is a publicly funded entity, open to people of all faiths, and of none. ACU offers degrees in education, health sciences, arts, theology, business and law.

ACU has seven campuses around Australia and in collaboration with The Catholic University of America, the University also recently opened the Rome Centre in Italy.

We empower students to think critically, ethically and to bring about change in their communities and professions. We explore cultural, social, ethical and religious issues through the lens of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition in our teaching, research and service. By fostering and advancing knowledge in education, health, commerce, the humanities, the sciences and technologies, law, and the creative arts, ACU contributes to its local, national and international communities. Our graduates will be skilled in their chosen fields, ethical in their behaviour, with a developed critical habit of mind, an appreciation of the sacred in life and a commitment to serving the common good.

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93 per cent of ACU graduates are in employment within four
months of graduating (2015 Graduate Destination Survey).


All ACU courses offer work placements or internships or
volunteering opportunities.


ACU students have the chance to travel world and study with
one of 130+ partner institutions or at ACU’s Rome Campus.


94% of ACU's research is classed as above or at world standard.

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Australian Catholic University Senate

ACU is a public company limited by guarantee in addition to a public university under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (Cth). The governing body of ACU, as prescribed in Section 13 of the Constitution of the University, is the Senate.

The objects of the Senate are as follows:

  1. Review and endorse strategic directions and priorities; and monitor progress against agreed goals.
  2. Oversee the establishment and effective operation of key policies.
  3. Ensure adequate risk management procedures and associated internal controls are established and effectively maintained.
  4. Oversee the effective and prudential operation of the University, including approval and monitoring of budgets and financial plans.
  5. Require and monitor compliance with statutory and regulatory obligations.
  6. Ensure the University’s assets and resources are properly managed.
  7. Effectively manage its own operations with due concern for proper and appropriate accountability.
  8. Appointment of the Vice-Chancellor and President.
  9. Ensure a clear definition of Senate’s role and the delegated responsibilities and authorities it assigns to the Vice-Chancellor and President, other officers, and the Senate Sub-Committees and the Academic Board.

Membership of Australian Catholic University’s Senate is as follows:

Ex-Officio Members

The Hon. John Fahey AC – Chancellor
Mr Julien O’Connell AM – Pro-Chancellor
Professor Greg Craven – Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Margot Hillel OAM – Chair of Academic Board
Most Reverend Christopher Prowse DD (Archibishop of Canberra and Goulburn) – Cleric nominated by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Elected by State Chapters

Ms Annette Schmiede – New South Wales (to May 2018)
Mr Stephen Elder OAM – Victoria (to May 2017)
Ms Margaret Vider – Queensland (to May 2019)
Ms Moira Najdecki – Australian Capital Territory (to May 2019)

Elected from Panel

The Hon. Barbara Perry – New South Wales (to May 2019)
Ms Bernadette Steele – Victoria (to May 2017)
The Hon. Justice James Douglas – Queensland (to May 2019)
Mr David O’Connor AM – New South Wales (to May 2017)

Elected Members

Professor Karen Flowers – Academic Staff (to May 2017)
Dr Bill Franzsen – Academic Staff (to May 2019)
Associate Professor Michael Ondaatje – Academic Staff (to May 2019)
Ms Cecelia Hollis-Jones – Professional Staff (to May 2017)
Mr Eamon Glass – Undergraduate Student (to December 2016)

Other Governing Bodies

Constituted under Sections 1-12 of the ACU Constitution, ACU Limited (Corporation) consists of 24 Members, divided according to Bishops and their nominees and Congregational Leaders. There are 24 Member in total. The President of Corporation is Most Reverend Denis Hart DD, Archbishop of Melbourne.

State based Chapters serve as conduits between the University’s multi-State campuses and the respective dioceses with respect to the application of the University’s teaching, research, mission and social engagement initiatives in the dioceses.

Reporting to the Senate are the following:

Standing and Finance Committee

Chair – Mr Julien O’Connell AM, Pro-Chancellor

Audit and Risk Committee

Chair – Mr Robert Baker (external to University)

Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Chair – The Hon. John Fahey AC, Chancellor

Honorary Awards Committee

Chair – The Hon. John Fahey AC, Chancellor

Academic Board

Chair – Professor Margot Hillel OAM

Ceremonial and Protocols Committee

Chair – Professor Pauline Nugent, Provost

Board of Identity

Chair – Most Reverend Denis Hart DD, Archbishop of Melbourne

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