Celia Hammond was appointed the third vice chancellor of The University of Notre Dame Australia in 2008, succeeding Dr Peter Tannock who served as vice chancellor for 16 years. Professor Hammond commenced her employment at Notre Dame in 1998, as one of five foundation academic staff members in the Fremantle School of Law. Prior to her appointment, Professor Hammond worked as a legal practitioner in private practice in WA and as an academic lawyer at other universities. In 2013, the university's board of governors reappointed Professor Hammond for a further five-year term as vice chancellor. Professor Hammond resigned from her position as vice chancellor in February 2019, ahead of a planned retirement later in the year. She contested for, and won, the WA seat of Curtin in the 2019 federal election.