Brisbane, 19 March, 2007: Australian Catholic University (ACU) Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO has commended the Queensland Government for passing legislation to formally recognise the University in the State.
Professor Sheehan said the passing of the Act was an acknowledgement by the State Government that ACU is an integral and valued contributor to the Higher Education sector in Queensland.
“ACU’s staff, stakeholders and community – both here and interstate – are delighted that the Queensland Government has taken this significant step in formally acknowledging ACU as a university in its own right,” Professor Sheehan said.
“This new legislation further consolidates the position of ACU as a University with a distinctive mission and a commitment to the academic, social and spiritual education of the Queensland community.
“It places the University’s Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo) on an equal footing with its counterparts in Victoria and New South Wales, which have been formally recognised in State Government legislation for some years.”
Professor Sheehan said prior to the Act being passed, ACU had operated in Queensland under a letter of authorisation issued by former Education Minister, the Honourable Paul Braddy MLA.
“ACU’s efforts to be formally recognised in Queensland began about fourteen years ago with an initial approach to the Government of the day,” he said.
“Since that time, Government and Ministerial changes and other issues on the Parliamentary agenda have resulted in a long but ultimately satisfying journey towards this goal.”
Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.