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Essential Information for Applicants

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.
Sustainability: qs 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.
Creativity: 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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The application process

What to include in your application

  • a cover letter tailored to the vacancy
  • your resume / CV that provides full personal details, qualifications, previous employment and experience
  • statement of claim against the selection criteria

Review the position profile

Before lodging your application, you will need to read the position profile. A copy of the position profile will be available as an attachment to the vacancy and will provide you with an insight into the requirements and competencies of the position.


Where a position is advertised as “internal” only current CDU staff many apply, international applicants are required to have a right to work in Australia or qualify for temporary work visa.

Address selection criteria

To enable the selection committee to assess your suitability for a position, you are required to address the selection criteria specified in the position profile.

You should address each selection criterion individually and cite evidence, using examples, to support your claims, rather than just presenting a list of facts. Please be aware that if you do not address the selection criteria, you may not be considered for the position.


Following the meeting of the selection committee, arrangements will be made to interview short-listed applicants that have demonstrated the necessary competencies and qualifications to meet the requirements of the role.


Interviews maybe conducted by the selection committee face-to-face, by phone or via Webex / Skype. The interview process will include an introduction, a set of behavioural questions, possible activity / presentation and an opportunity for you to share additional information and ask relevant questions.

Verbal reference

If identified as the recommended candidate you will be requested to provide details of your referees. Please be sure to let your referees know to expect to be contacted so they can ensure they are available.

Salary negotiation

Upon receipt of suitable reference reports the Chair of the selection committee will engage in salary negotiations and starting date.

Offer of employment

An actual offer of employment is only valid when issued by the Director, Office of People and Capability.
If successful you will be sent an electronic offer of appointment, specifying the terms and conditions of your employment. You are advised not to resign from your current employment until this formal offer has been received and accepted. All applicants will be notified by email at the conclusion of the recruitment process.

Staff criminal history checks

If your position with the University requires that you obtain a Criminal History Check (CHC) and / or Working with Children Clearance (Ochre Card) it is your responsibility for initiating the CHC by submitting an application to SAFE NT before your first day at work.

Proof of submission of the application form must be provided to the Office of People and Capability in the form of the receipt for payment which states the date of lodgement. You can apply for your CHC at SAFE NT.


Unfortunately it is not possible to provide feedback on all applications, however, unsuccessful interviewed applicants may request feedback from the Chair of the selection committee.

International applicants / immigration

Appointment to general staff positions, VET positions, and academic positions at Level A, are normally filled only by candidates holding Australian citizenship or permanent residency status.

If you are an international applicant and are offered employment, you will be required to notify the University of any Australian Immigration Department restrictions that may preclude you from fulfilling the terms of your employment.

If you require sponsorship for a temporary residence visa, it is a condition of employment that you take out private health cover for the duration of the appointment and you will need to meet the cost of this insurance.

For further information in relation to Australian visas or employer-sponsored migration, contact the:

Medical requirements  

Appointees are required to notify CDU of any medical or physical restrictions that may preclude them from fulfilling the terms of any contract of employment offered by the University


Unless otherwise specified, positions that are classified between HEW Level 1 and HEW Level 6 do not attract a relocation allowance. For queries regarding all other positions (HEW Level 7 and above, Higher Education Academic or VET Academic) please contact the Recruitment Advisor on (08) 8946 6904 or email recruitment

Equal opportunity

As an equal opportunity employer, CDU has a policy to make reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of a person with a disability.

If you have a special requirement, you should advise the University either in your application or by personal communication with the Recruitment Consultant or the Chair of the selection committee.  

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