The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) was founded through an Act of the Parliament of Western Australia in December 1989. Since its inception, Notre Dame has become a leader in higher education and now boasts over 11,000 students enrolled across its three campuses in Fremantle, Sydney and Broome.
Notre Dame is an Australian university which has embraced both the modern Australian university tradition and the ancient and esteemed traditions of Catholic universities both in Europe and North America.
It has sought to be a university which specialises in excellence of undergraduate education. Its focus is the education and training of young people for entry to the major professions: medicine, law, teaching, nursing, accounting and finance, physiotherapy, counselling, health sciences and the priesthood.
The University is especially noteworthy for its role as a leader in the great traditional professional disciplines of Health and Education, so long associated with the mission of the Church in Australia. It has also assumed a special role in the education of, and service to, the indigenous people of northern Australia.
The University of Notre Dame Australia, for the seventh year in a row, has received 5-Star University status in The Good Universities Guide, which benchmarks a standard of excellence in universities and private colleges across Australia. The University is only one of only a few to obtain such an award. Specifically, the University received a 5-star rating in the areas of teaching quality, graduate satisfaction, student-staff ratios, positive graduate outcomes and generic skills gender balance. This identified Notre Dame as a rising star of tertiary education in Australia.