Charles Darwin University

Change your World


Charles Darwin University is unique. No other single Australian university serves such a large area of the continent, in such a remote location and with such a small population to sustain it. 

While the Northern Territory covers around 16 percent of Australia, in 2015 it was home to just over 1 percent of the population, 30 percent of whom were Indigenous compared with around 3 percent of the general Australian population.

The only university based in the Northern Territory, CDU is a dual sector university. We are the most northerly Australian university, literally on Asia’s doorstep. Closer in many respects to the vast populations of Asia than to the southern Australian states.

Ours is a university deeply engaged with, and informed by, Australia’s Indigenous people. Recognising that we operate on the lands of many strong Indigenous nations, respecting the knowledge and culture of Aboriginal people and committed to Indigenous advancement.

These are truly unique features that CDU embraces as both challenges and opportunities for the years ahead, building on the strong foundations and remarkable achievements of our 25-year history. 

In this relatively short space of time, we have developed a reputation as one of the most innovative teaching and learning and most research-intensive universities in Australia and have risen to the ranks of the top 2 percent of world universities in 2015.

CDU has provided and will continue to provide, the human capital that underpins the future prosperity of Northern Australia and our near Asian region, while also providing innovative and flexible online learning choices for a broader national student market.

Why work at CDU?

Our University

Charles Darwin University is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world. The University has grown to become an internationally renowned dual-sector university offering strong education and training opportunities in both Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training.

Our vision

At Charles Darwin University we have a passion and a vision to use our skills and knowledge to help shape a brighter future and intend to become outstanding achievers across all areas of our core business – teaching and learning, research, engagement, Indigenous leadership and internationalisation.

Our collective beliefs

We believe a new world university is one built on social justice, sustainability, creativity and collective effort. A place where everyone can follow their passion to make things better – however big or small. We strive for excellence, integrity, accountability and equality of opportunity for all.

We value and respect the place, history and culture of Indigenous Australians. We’re all about bringing people together to use knowledge to help shape a brighter future.

How we use knowledge for the future:

Social Justice

We believe that everyone can contribute to making a positive impact, regardless of background – whether through ground-breaking research, becoming a teacher in an Indigenous community or supporting the rights of others.


As leaders in research, we’re committed to preserving and protecting our environment, to ethical business practices and to using technology to build a more sustainable future. 


We value originality, artistic endeavour and freedom of expression. We believe in learning from Indigenous and international cultures to create a new vision for the future.

Collective effort

We care about addressing the real issues in our local communities and across our region, through bringing together like-minded people with a desire to make their world a little better.

Our employee benefits

  • Academic and Professional career opportunities

  • Full-time, part-time and casual employment

  • Friendly and collaborative work environment

  • Up to 17% superannuation

  • Six weeks paid annual leave

  • 17% leave loading for Academic, Professional and General Staff

  • Professional development and training

  • Study assistance and paid study leave

  • Options to salary sacrifice  

  • Remote Regional Allowance

  • Relocation entitlements

  • Career advancement opportunities

  • Flexible working hours

  • State-of-the-art technology

  • Family leave entitlements  

  • Corporate Health Cover

  • Non-smoking campus

  • On-site facilities (Medical, Post Office, Cafes, Bookshop, Childcare and Gymnasium)

Living in the Northern Territory

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Key staff:

Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Simon Maddocks became President and Vice-Chancellor of Charles Darwin University in March, 2014. Professor Maddocks has extensive leadership experience at senior levels of both academia and government.

Provost and Vice-President
Professor Sue Carthew (BSc PhD) was appointed to the position of Provost and Vice-President in July 2016. Previously Professor Carthew was the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science & the Environment at Charles Darwin University.

Key facts:

  • Times Higher Education ranks CDU in the top 2 percent of universities in the world.
  • Times Higher Education ranks CDU in the list of top 150 universities in the world under 50 years old.
  • Reuters ranks CDU in the top 4 in Australia and NZ for research quality in Environmental Science.
  • Each year CDU teaches over 4,000 Indigenous students in over 150 locations across the NT.