Mission, Vision and Values

The ACU Strategic Plan 2015-2020 is aligned with the University's Mission and Vision and is guided by the core values of Truth, Academic Excellence and Service.

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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.

Australian Catholic University is one of the leading Catholic universities in the world and is one of the principal intellectual assets of the Church in Australia. The University exercises nationwide leadership in the key focus areas of Health; Education; Theology and Philosophy; and Social Justice. Guided by the principles of Catholic social teaching, our students, staff and graduates will be influential in bringing about changes in the communities we live in.

ACU is founded on a long history of commitment to truth, academic excellence and service, all within the Catholic intellectual tradition. These values are the principles behind all our actions and guide us in living out our Mission and realising our Vision:


ACU is committed to the lifelong pursuit of knowledge, freely seeking truth through research, critical inquiry and active discovery. The University shares this pursuit through teaching, scholarship and engagement, contributing to the growth and betterment of society.

Academic Excellence

ACU, through its pursuit of excellence in teaching and research strives to produce the highest quality intellectual, educational and learning experiences through innovation and creativity.


ACU is a University of Service. It seeks to serve the wider community through research, education and engagement, especially by providing opportunities for those in need and by educating its students to be socially and morally responsible persons.

ACU pursues all its core values within the Catholic intellectual tradition. The University is committed to serving the common good and upholding the sacredness in life. We respect and welcome all faith traditions and uphold the dignity of all human persons.