ACU’s Stewardship Framework sets out our plan for an integrated, whole-of-university approach to stewardship. Good stewardship already exists at ACU, but there is more we can do.

The Stewardship Framework will create a shared understanding of what it means to be a ‘steward'.

The framework is underpinned by five pillars: our university, our students, our people, our common home, and our leadership and knowledge.

It is supported by the Stewardship Framework Implementation Roadmap, which outlines how we will achieve the objectives set out by the framework.

Supporting ACU’s mission and strategy

The Stewardship Framework demonstrates how we can act as stewards in service of our mission. ACU’s mission commits the university to the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human person and the common good.

Stewardship is also expressed in the ACU Strategic Plan 2020 - 2023, within Strategic Priority 6: ‘Service, Stewardship and Sustainability’. The concept of stewardship is consistent with the principles expressed in the Strategic Plan: respect, honesty, courage and sustainability.

Service excellence

The Stewardship Framework also builds on the service ethos and achievements enabled by the ACU Service Excellence Framework.

The framework articulates how we can achieve a greater level of service to the university, our stakeholders and our communities, what that means for different stakeholders, and how we intentionally amplify and apply it to the way we work on a day-to-day basis.

Our vision for stewardship at ACU will be realised through the following five pillars.

Our university: We are stewards of a thriving Catholic institution with the relationships, capability, resources, programs and reputation required to advance our mission and identity, now and in the future.

Our students are at the heart of our mission. We are stewards of their intellectual, ethical, personal and professional growth during their time at ACU and beyond as alumni. We build the capacity of students to make positive and lasting differences to communities and societies.

Our people: ACU staff are valued, trusted, empowered and accountable. We are stewards of their professional energies, growth and potential. The work environment supports and encourages staff in caring for themselves and others.

Our common home: we acknowledge the First Peoples, the traditional custodians of the lands and waterways where ACU campuses are located, and as caretakers of our earth we all have a responsibility to serve the common good. We manage a network of vibrant campuses and workplaces, minimise our environmental footprint and maximise our impact in our communities.

Our leadership and knowledge: we are stewards of Catholic scholarship, our disciplines and cross-discipline innovation. We nurture a vibrant academic and professional culture of creativity, discovery and innovation. We translate research into impacts that benefit society.

Stewardship is one of the key priorities in ACU’s Strategic Plan. This framework aims to embed stewardship across the university in all aspects of its leadership and operations, through these three objectives:

1. Develop a shared understanding of stewardship at ACU.
2. Strengthen alignment of operational practice with the five pillars of stewardship at ACU.
3. Further embed stewardship within the ACU Strategic Plan 2020-2023 guided by the five pillars of stewardship with a particular focus on Strategic Priority 6: Service, stewardship and sustainability.


Download the Framework

You can download a copy of both the Stewardship Framework and the Stewardship Framework Implementation Roadmap.

Read the stewardship knowledge articles

• What is stewardship?
• What does stewardship look like?
• Why is stewardship important to ACU?

Stay in touch

Join the Stewardship at ACU workplace group and be part of the conversation.

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Page last updated on 15/06/2022

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