Our History

At Patrick’s College Australia (PCA) we are very proud of our long history. For 100 years we have been supporting people to gain the skills and qualifications they need to thrive in their chosen careers.

Patrick's College Australia (PCA) was established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1923. It is one of Australia's oldest vocational business colleges. The College was originally established to help young women gain employment in Sydney's corporate world by training them to be personal assistants and legal secretaries.

Today, PCA graduates continue in this long tradition of quality training which leads to successful careers in the Corporate and Community Services Sector. We offer flexible workplace, online and classroom training in Business, Leadership and Management, Screen Media and Individual Support.

Patrick’s College Australia (PCA) has had several name changes over the years but is probably best known as ST PATRICK'S BUSINESS COLLEGE.

The Official Coat of Arms of Patrick’s College Australia (PCA)

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The Coat of Arms is a reflection of our past and our future. The meaning has changed over the years as we transitioned from a faith based organisation to what we believe our Coat of Arms stands for today.

  • The top left section is the Lamp of Knowledge. Our passion has, and always will be, to impart the knowledge and skills which enable students to thrive in their chosen careers.
  • The top right section is The Southern Cross. This is a reflection of our training operations in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The bottom left corner is the Triquetra or Trinity Knot. Whilst initially a religious symbol, we see this as a support network that ensures success: students, PCA and employers.
  • The bottom right corner is the Golden Wattle, Australia’s national flower.

In 2023, the College will celebrate its Centenary Year (100th Birthday).