The Hon John Fahey AC, GCSG

The Hon John Fahey AC, GCSG is the fourth Chancellor of Australian Catholic University (ACU).

For 30 years Mr Fahey has been an important figure in public life showing exemplary leadership and integrity from the highest level of government, business, sport and community organisations.

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.

In 2019 Mr Fahey was awarded Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Gregory the Great in recognition of his distinguished service to the Catholic Church in Australia.

The Chancellor currently serves as:

  • Chairman, Australian Building Codes Board
  • Patron/Director Men of League Foundation
  • Member, University Chancellors Council (UCC). Information regarding the UCC can be found at

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