University of Notre Dame Australia The

The University of Notre Dame Australia (est. 1989) is a distinctive national Catholic university with more than 11,000 students on its campuses in Fremantle, Broome and Sydney. 

The University of Notre Dame Australia (est. 1989) is a distinctive national Catholic university with more than 11,000 students on its campuses in Fremantle, Broome and Sydney. Notre Dame excels in a number of key university indicators including: Graduate Employment Rate, Teaching Quality, Overall Satisfaction and Skills Development ( 

Students are the heart of Notre Dame’s mission and are supported to develop their personal and professional goals. Central to the experience of study at Notre Dame is the Core Curriculum, which encourages students to explore life’s bigger and deeper questions within an ethical framework. 

Notre Dame’s unique admissions process considers the whole person taking personal qualities, motivation to study and community service into consideration, in addition to the ATAR score. Students apply directly to the University. 

Why Choose Notre Dame? 

You’re a person, not a number
Underpinned by a commitment to pastoral care, Notre Dame offers a personalised educational experience in a learning environment designed to help students grow personally and professionally. 

Students love Notre Dame
Notre Dame is the top university in WA and NSW for ‘Overall Quality of Educational Experience’, ‘Teaching Quality’ and ‘Student Support’ according to the Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Teaching and Learning ( 

Our graduates get jobs
Ninety-four per cent of Notre Dame graduates secure employment shortly after leaving university – the highest rating in Australia ( 

Real, practical training
Students learn from academics who are leaders in their fields and benefit from the latest industry insights. Combined with high levels of practical experience, students graduate well-equipped for their profession.

Personalised approach to admission
Notre Dame’s unique admissions process considers the whole person. Entry to the University is based not only on a student’s academic record. Personal qualities, motivation to study, contribution to school and community and an interview with an academic staff member, are also key considerations. 

Our vibrant university Campuses

In the tradition of European university towns, students walk past cafés, shops and restaurants to get to their lectures and tutorials. Our beautiful, historic campus buildings and courtyards are situated in Fremantle's historic West End and the Sydney university precinct. This lends a distinctive character to Notre Dame as a university where students are truly be part of the vibrant, bustling neighbouring communities.  

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At Notre Dame, students receive an excellent education for their future professions grounded in high levels of on-the-job and practical experience. The University offers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate, research, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and pathway courses taught by leaders in their fields. 

Courses are offered in the following areas:

  • Arts & Sciences: archaeology, behavioural sciences, communications and media, counselling, English literature, film and screen, history, journalism, politics, science, social justice, theatre students 
  • Business: accounting, economics, finance, marketing, public relations, sport and recreation management 
  • Education: early childhood, primary and secondary 
  • Health Sciences (Fremantle Campus only): outdoor recreation, health promotion, exercise and sport science, health and physical education, biomedical science
  • Law
  • Medicine (Postgraduate only): Pre-Medicine Certificate available at the Fremantle Campus
  • Nursing & Midwifery
  • Philosophy & Theology
  • Physiotherapy (Fremantle Campus only): Postgraduate courses available in Burn and Trauma Rehabilitation (online)
  • Pathways: alternative entry and academic enabling programs are also available 
  • VET courses (Broome Campus only): – nursing, education, health and community services 

Notre Dame’s courses in the areas of accounting, counselling, education, human resource management, law, management, medicine, nursing and midwifery, and physiotherapy all meet accreditation requirements of the relevant state, national and/or professional bodies. 

The University is also home to three research institutes:

Core Curriculum

The University’s Core Curriculum introduces students to philosophy, ethics and theology within the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Philosophy and theology are essential resources for a critical mind. Students develop their capacity to think critically, justify their views and respond to some of the greatest arguments ever offered on the most important questions ever asked. Combined with excellent academic and practical skills, students graduate with a heightened ability to think and reason – all with a sound ethical grounding.

Work Integrated Learning

Notre Dame empowers students to thrive in a competitive job market by equipping them with the skills employers require. Opportunities available for students through Notre Dame’s degree programs include internship and practicum placements, mentoring, industry-led workshops, volunteering and overseas immersion opportunities through the Study Abroad and In the World and For the World programs. 


Each year Notre Dame offers a range of scholarships for current students, thanks to the generosity of the University’s key benefactors. The scholarships reward the academic achievements of applicants studying at Notre Dame and provide them with financial support for their future studies.

How to apply

The University seeks to enrol students who wish to make a special contribution to society. Notre Dame’s admissions process considers every applicant on an individual basis. Students apply directly to the University. Entry to Notre Dame is based on: 

  • Personal qualities, motivation to study and academic potential
  • Contribution to school, church or community life
  • Academic record
  • An interview with a member of the university’s academic staff


Notre Dame offers both full-fee places and Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs). CSPs can be expected by most commencing students enrolling in biomedical science, education, health and physical education, medicine, nursing and physiotherapy courses. Domestic students may be able to defer their tuition fees through the federal government’s HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP loan schemes.

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2018 University of Notre Dame Australia The Scholarships

The scholarships listed below have been sourced from University of Notre Dame Australia The for 2018.
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Description The Ballarat Rotary Club Scholarship supports a final year undergraduate student, enrolled at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney campus, who is based at the Ballarat Rural Clinical School located at St John of God Hospital, Ballarat.
Eligibility Applicants must: be enrolled in Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) or the Doctor of Medicine (MD) at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus; be based at the Ballarat Rural Clinical School for the entire final year (4th year) of their medical studies.
Annual amount $2,500
Application closing date
Support types Scholarship,
Level of study Undergraduate,
Gender Co-Ed
Frequency of offer
Length of support 1 years
Field of study
  • Law

2018 The University of Notre Dame Australia Ratings and Rankings

These ratings for The University of Notre Dame Australia were published in The Good Universities Guide 2018. Data is sourced from graduates four months post-graduation and other public sources.

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Rating Types University Ratings Field of Study Ratings
Social Equity 11.00%
Staff Qualification 75.00%
Student Demand no data available
Student Retention 8.00%
Student:Teacher Ratio 24:1
Learner Engagement 79.10%
Learning Resources 83.20%
Overall Experience 89.80%
Skills Development 90.80%
Student Support 85.00%
Teaching Quality 90.30%
Full-Time Employment 79.60%
Starting Salary $60,000

Name: Brianna Throssell

Course: Bachelor of Physiotherapy/Pre-Medicine Certificate (Fremantle Campus)

‘My aspiration is to do some kind of good in the world. I want to fight for the vulnerable when they aren’t able to fight for themselves and to make a difference,’ says aspiring international human rights and refugee lawyer, Justine Ralph.

Justine is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Social Justice, at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus.

Since being part of the Notre Dame community, Justine has been tireless in her outreach endeavours and pursuit of social justice in local and international communities. In 2013, she was part of the university delegation to World Youth Day where she completed mission work in Peru and Brazil.

Justine has also worked with staff on the Fremantle Campus to find a placement for the unit ‘Social Justice, Service-learning and Community Engagement’, where she currently teaches English to refugee students.

‘Notre Dame has developed the way I think about the world. If you really take what you learn on, you can genuinely become a better version of yourself.’

Name: Emmanuel Ndayisaba

Course: Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (Sydney Campus)

Addressing health inequity and advocating for refugee health and wellbeing is the ambition of Emmanuel Ndayisaba in his future career as a doctor.

Born in Rwanda and having lived as a refugee for most of his life, Emmanuel has experienced the reality of health inequity. The aspiring humanitarian doctor is studying a medicine degree at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Sydney campus.

"Doctors have a role to play in helping people that is not just about the medicine. It is important to use that privilege in ways other than just medicine; such as advocacy," said Emmanuel.

Emmanuel advocates for refugee health and wellbeing through education of the Australian community. His passion also extends to rural medicine and indigenous health and inequalities in public health.

"My dream was to become a doctor, and my first choice was Notre Dame. I wasn't wrong, I love it here," said Emmanuel.

"The course is centred on social justice and they train you to serve where you are needed, and that comes across in our cases, where it is about helping the patient," Emmanuel said. "I like the University's community focus and because we are a very small cohort, we all know each other and that includes the Dean."

Name: Isabella Fransz

Course: Bachelor of Marketing & Public Relations (Fremantle Campus)

Marketing and public relations graduate Isabella Fransz is passionate about helping others. Not only has Isabella completed internships core to her degree at not-for-profit organisations, she has also done voluntary work with orphanages and disadvantaged schools for communities in developing countries. 

“I want to use my skills in marketing and public relations to work with not-for-profit groups in raising awareness about needs in the community,” said Isabella. 

“Notre Dame has helped me to become the person I am today. The ongoing support I have received from the University community has inspired me to help others.” 

Isabella is a recipient of the University’s T.A.S. Scholarship which has enabled her to complete her studies and inspired her to realise her future dream.

“I strongly encourage all students who are thinking of applying for a scholarship to have a go. Not only has it resulted in me becoming a better student but I’ve been inspired to get involved in the Notre Dame global community and grow my leadership capacity,” Isabella said.

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