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The Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks and the executive group lead the university.

Our governing body comprises CDU Council and its committees. The Council is chaired by our Chancellor, the Hon Paul Henderson AO.




The Vice-Chancellor and President provides leadership to the University and is responsible to the Council for the management of the educational and administrative affairs of the University.

Vice-Chancellor profile


The OrganisationaL Chart (PDF) explains the University's structure.

Organisational Structure


Colleges & Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Charles Darwin University is a new world university built on social justice, sustainability, creativity and collective effort. As one of the few dual-sector universities in Australia, we offer courses for everyone at all levels, from Certificate I to PhD and everything in between.

Orange 12, Casuarina Campus

Research institutes and centres

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a research intensive university with outstanding performance and recognised excellence in Indigenous and tropical health, environmental science and public policy. Our research portfolio has a real world impact, within and beyond our unique location in Northern Australia.

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Admin Divisions

Administrative divisions

CDU's core education functions are supported by a broad operational arm.

Students representing Governance

Strategic Services and Governance

Charles Darwin University is governed by its Council, which is chaired by the Chancellor. The Council is responsible for managing the affairs and concerns of the University.

Annual Reports

Annual Reports and financial statements