Our students and staff pursue great things at ACU – and the University is also on an important journey. Since 2015, as part of our high-level strategic plan, we’ve set out to achieve some ambitious goals on the path to embedding excellence.  

Explore our vision for the future by reading about it below or downloading the ACU Strategic Plan 2015–2020: Strength to Strength.

A bright future built on tradition

After years of growth, ACU needed an updated plan to build on our emergent strengths. The result was a new, high-level plan named ACU Strategic Plan 2015–2020: Strength to Strength.

At once future-focused and steeped in the Catholic tradition, this document charts a bold and exciting course for ACU – all while remaining true to our mission, vision and values.

On target for 2020

As part of our plan, by 2020 we aim for ACU to be recognised as:

  • one of the most significant Catholic universities in the world 
  • a vital feature of the Australian university landscape 
  • a world-leading university in its areas of research specialisation
  • a culture of research excellence aligned to its identity and mission 
  • an established university with over 30,000 students 
  • delivering quality programs with an innovative and distinctive learning and teaching experience within the Catholic intellectual tradition 
  • achieving excellent student satisfaction and graduate outcomes 
  • at the forefront in improving the access and outcomes of equity groups 
  • a university of service and a leading institution in the area of community engagement
  • a culture of performance and service excellence.

Our mission, vision and values

Our strategic plan is aligned with the University’s mission and vision, and is guided by the core values of truth, academic excellence and service.

The plan upholds ACU’s mission as a goal above all others, and outlines key result areas such as championing community engagement and common good opportunities.

Read more about our mission, vision and values


Professor Greg Craven
‘The University is ambitious in achieving its goals and vision, and at the same time is clear about its Catholic identity and mission. The University continues a legacy that spans over 2000 years of the Catholic intellectual tradition’s engagement in faith and reason. The ACU Strategic Plan 2015–2020 will ensure we continue to work together towards these shared goals.’
Professor Greg Craven
Vice-Chancellor and President

Five goals for a better tomorrow

Our strategic plan has five key goals: an overarching goal of developing ACU’s Catholic identity, and four ‘goal pillars’ that focus on: 

  • academic profile
  • students, learning and teaching
  • research 
  • corporate services.

Strategic goals


Goal: ACU sustains a strong and visible commitment to the mission of the Catholic Church in Australia by engaging in the Catholic intellectual tradition, and is guided by the values of truth, excellence and service.

Goal: ACU, through its pursuit of academic excellence, is recognised as a provider of innovative and quality higher education courses, delivered by leading academics, to meet the needs of a diverse student body in conjunction with our partners and the community.

Goal: ACU pursues excellence in all areas of teaching and provides its students with a distinctive, responsive and relevant learning experience.

Goal: ACU is a world-leading research university in its areas of specialisation and has a culture of research excellence that is aligned to its identity and mission.

Goal: ACU has a culture of performance and service excellence.

Explore the plan in depth

For greater detail on where we are headed, download a PDF copy of our strategic plan. You can also learn about how we are tracking our progress on the way to 2020. 

Download our plan

Access the full ACU Strategic Plan 2015–2020: Strength to Strength for detail on our:

  • mission, vision and values
  • key stakeholders
  • planning, quality and risk framework
  • strategic goals.

Download the ACU Strategic Plan 2015-2020: Strength to Strength (PDF, 868KB)

Performance and progress 

Since adopting the strategic plan in 2015, we’ve measured our progress against the plan’s strategic goals and key result areas. See how we’re doing by reading about our performance targets and progress.

Track our performance and progress

Contact us

Get in touch with our team at the Office of Planning and Strategic Management if you have any questions.

Dr Omer Yezdani
Director, Planning and Strategic Management
Email Dr Omer Yezdani
+61 2 9739 2896

Monica Chen
National Manager, Strategic Planning
Email Monica Chen
+61 2 9739 2993


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