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Notre Dame becomes a 'public' University

The privately-owned Catholic university, Notre Dame Australia, has been re-designated 'public' for the purposes of Commonwealth funding.

Online Catholics reports today that the Higher Education Funding Act of 1988 was amended in July to add Notre Dame, a private institution created by a WA Act of Parliament in 1989, to the 'Table A' list of universities which are entitled to receive taxpayer funding.

The other private institutions, Bond University, the Melbourne College of Divinity, and the Seventh Day Adventist Avondale College, remain classified as 'Table B'. Table B providers are essentially self funded.

The move follows a succession of changes in legislation by State and Federal Governments, which Online Catholics says "effectively blurs the boundaries between private and public in the taxpayer-subsidised tertiary sector".

When Notre Dame was set up in 1989, the Act specified the institution was private and not entitled to public money, nor was it entitled to borrow. In 1992, the University suffered a financial set back. This was was followed by a change in the WA Act, allowing the Minister for Education to lend money to the University for the purposes of capital works.

Earlier this year, Notre Dame announced a proposed Sydney Campus which is to have as its centrepiece Schools of Law and of Medicine. The Prime Minister allocated a total of 200 places and $4 million to the project, and the Archdiocese of Sydney contributed $20 million in land and buildings, and $5 million in cash.

There's nothing like a Dame (Online Catholics 22/9/04)

University of Notre Dame Australia
Higher Education Funding Act 1988 | Notre Dame Amendment
Higher Education Funding Policy (Parliamentary Library)
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St Vincent's doctors say Notre Dame link will require consultation (CathNEws 19/8/04)
Prime Minister announces Sydney Campus of Notre Dame (Transcript of Speech 1/8/04)
Cardinal Pell visits Notre Dame (University of Notre Dame Australia 6/8/04)
Notre Dame welcomes support for Sydney Campus (CathNews 2/8/04)
Turf wars sours these holy gates (Sydney Morning Herald 1/8/04)

22 Sep 2004