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Order of Malta Australia


Justice Martin Daubney named ACU chancellor


Archbishop Mark Coleridge welcomed the newly-named Chancellor, Justice Martin Daubney. Picture courtesy of The Catholic Leader.

Member of the Order of Malta, the Hon Justice Martin Daubney has been named as Australian Catholic University’s fifth Chancellor. He will serve a term of five years starting 1 January 2022.

Justice Daubney, an Honorary Fellow of ACU, is well known in the Australian legal community.  Following a career as a leading barrister, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2007, and as president of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal in 2017. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he had served for many years on the Council of the Bar Association of Queensland, including as vice-president in 2005 and president in 2006.  Since his appointment as a judge, he has continued his wider service to the legal profession, both nationally and internationally. He has also occupied leadership positions in numerous Church, community and cultural organisations.  Justice Daubney served on the Senate of the University of Queensland from 2010 to 2017, and as president of King’s College Council since 2009.

“This appointment is a great honour,” Justice Daubney said.

“I thank the Corporation for entrusting me with the responsibility to serve as Chancellor of this unique national institution, which is firmly grounded in 2000 years of Catholic intellectual tradition and the Church’s engagement in university education for a millennium.

“ACU’s core commitments to the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human person and the common good resonate for all Australians. ”

Justice Daubney’s appointment was announced by ACU President, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, who is also a Chaplain of the Order.

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.