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Student Central at Casuarina campus initially provides an Academic Record, a Certificate of Completion and a Testamur free of charge at the time of graduation from a specified course.

Academic Records, Certificates of Completion and Testamurs will not be issued where fees remain outstanding.

A replacement charge of $25 a copy applies for any further requests for an Academic Record. The replacement charge for a Testamur is $100. You may apply for replacement documents at other campuses or centres, but they are issued only by the Graduation area located at Casuarina campus.

Download the EGT103 – Request for Memorandum of Grades/Academic Record/Testamur form here. You can also access your academic records at My Student Info on the CDU website.

For further information, contact Student Central at Casuarina campus.
T:  1800 061 963
W: Student Central

Note: you will be required to provide CDU with your Unique Student Identifier (USI) in order to receive your Certificate of Completion and Academic Record. To apply for your USI go to the USI website.

The CDU Bookshop is located on the ground floor of Building Red 1, Casuarina campus.

It stocks textbooks, general and reference books, stationery, technical equipment and a fast mail-order service for external students.

For further information contact the Bookshop.

T:  08 8946 6497
W: CDU bookshop.

Free parking, parking permits and pay-and-display parking are available at the Casuarina and Palmerston campuses. Parking at other CDU campuses and centres is free.

Parking on all campuses is regulated by the Charles Darwin University Site and Traffic By-Laws.

For further information visit Facilities management and click on 'parking'.

Centrelink offers a range of services to students.

Centrelink contacts are:
Abstudy phone: 1800 132 317
Youth Allowance/Austudy phone: 13 2490

For further information visit Centrelink and follow the prompts.

The CDU Child Care Centre is located on Casuarina campus at Building Green 3. It operates from Monday to Friday 7.30 am–6.00 pm.

For information about places and fees, contact:
T: 08 8946 6913
W: CDU Childcare Centre

The Child Care Centre has a waiting list. Please contact the centre in advance to have your name on the list and to be notified of availability.

The use of CDU computer facilities, internet and email are governed by the CDU Information and Communication Technologies Acceptable Use Policy.

Students should be aware that they can be charged under the Student Conduct By-Laws if found to be misusing computers and, in particular:

  • accessing pornographic material
  • sending emails that contain racist, sexist or other comments that contravene Federal or Territory equal opportunity legislation
  • downloading copyrighted material such as movies or music where they do not have an explicit right to, and
  • other activities as defined in the Information and Communication Technologies Acceptable Use Policy.

Casuarina campus

The Casuarina campus has eight general PC labs. Computer laboratories in Building Orange 1, Level 3, are available for student every day from 6.00 am– 1.00 am. Access to all other computer labs should be arranged through your lecturer. Also refer to information provided on the Library and Learning Precinct webpage. Opening hours are listed on the CDU Library website.

Alice Springs campus

The Alice Springs campus Library has a number of computers available for student use during operating hours. The Library also has a number of quiet study desks available with computer outlets for student laptops. The Library is wireless enabled.
Opening hours are listed on the CDU Library website.

Darwin Waterfront campus

The Darwin Waterfront campus has limited dedicated computer space on level 3 available to student on weekdays only from 7.45 am to 8.30 pm. Access to the computer lab is through swipe card. No after-hours access available. The campus is wireless enabled.

Palmerston campus

The Library and Learning Precinct is located in Building C. There are computers available for student use inside the Library and in the Learning precinct (foyer area). Opening hours are listed on the CDU Library website.

Your Student ID card is required for after-hours access.

Katherine Rural campus

After-hours computer laboratory plus four library computers are available from 8am–9pm.

Katherine Town Centre and Tennant Creek Centre

Computer facilities are available during regular business hours: 8am – 4pm.


An Open Learning Room is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Access is via a Department of Business swipe card issued on payment of a $10 deposit at the administration desk in Jabiru Training Centre.


The Open Learning Centre is a Department of Business facility available to CDU students Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm. Students requiring after-hours access can obtain a key after paying a $50 deposit.

Note: students must supply their own paper. ITMS assistance is not available as these are not CDU computers.

The University is committed to a healthy, safe and productive work and study environment that strongly discourages the irresponsible and inappropriate consumption of alcohol and/or the use, distribution or purchase of illicit drugs and other substances.

Unlawful, excessive and/or irresponsible use of alcohol, drugs and other substances can have a negative impact on judgement, academic or work performance, health, personal relationships, safety and overall wellbeing of the individual. It can also impact on the operating capability of the University, the safety of the members of University community, and can result in damage to person, property and/or equipment. Students who are adversely affected by alcohol, drugs and/or other substances should not attend an academic activity, for example, lectures, tutorials, laboratories, workshops on University premises, facilities or University approved external excursions. The University has zero tolerance towards alcohol, drug and substance abuse. Students who are impaired by alcohol, drugs and other substances will be refused entry to class and asked to leave the campus.

Failure to abide by the University’s Alcohol, Drugs and other Substances Policy may lead to disciplinary action, and if necessary the relevant law enforcement authorities may be involved. Disruptive and antisocial behaviours will be dealt with under the Charles Darwin University (Student Conduct) By-laws . For further information, refer to the Drugs and alcohol policy.

The University holds two graduation rounds each year. In Darwin the first round is in May and the second in October. A graduation ceremony is also held in Alice Springs in June.

Students who believe they have completed all requirements of their course can complete the EGT104 – Nomination to Graduate form also available from Student Central.

VET students owing fees to the University are not able to graduate until the debt has been cleared. If the fees have not been paid, students will automatically be deferred to the following graduation ceremony.

Note: during peak times, there may be a delay in responding to your enquiry. For further information, contact Student Central.

T:   1800 061 963
W: Graduation

The Gym@CDU operates a modern, air conditioned gymnasium located at Building Green 4 on Casuarina campus. Membership fees are well priced and suitable for a student budget.

For more information, contact:
T:  08 8946 6971
W: Gym@CDU

International students are students who are not domestic students. New Zealand passport holders who have lived in Australia for less than six months before they start study will be required to pay international fees.

New and re-enrolling international students are required to enrol in the standard full-time load for the relevant course being undertaken. International students are required to enrol in a minimum of 360 hours per semester (two teaching periods).

You may enrol in less than the full-time load only if it is your last semester for the course, and the number of units required to complete your course does not constitute a fulltime load. Other temporary or provisional visa holders may study less than a full- time load.

For more information go to International Students.

Information Technology Management Support (ITMS) manage and provide a wide range of services for students and staff at CDU. Of particular interest to students are the following:

  • Office 365 - CDU in conjunction with Microsoft provides you with access to Office 365 for the duration of your study at CDU. Office 365 provides a number of services across Windows PC, Apple computers and mobile devices. These services include Microsoft Office products both online and installed and email services. You can access Office 365 and all its services using your student email address (e.g.: via the O365 login page.
  • OneDrive for Business - part of Office 365, allows you to store up to one terabyte of data in your own cloud storage area on the web. This will give you access to your data from both on and off campus using any device you wish via a web browser.

Note: Students should be aware that these services will only be available while you are enrolled at CDU. Alternate arrangements need to be made for after course completion.


Students are provided with an email address hosted by the University. This email address is your official CDU email address and all correspondence will be sent to this address. This service is web-based (such as Hotmail or similar), making it available wherever you can access the internet. It has a 200 MB quota limit.

Students may choose to set up a preferred email address, where a copy of any email sent to their official email address is forwarded. This can be done on the CDU My Student Info webpage, in the My Email Address section. If a student chooses to do this, they will need to occasionally remove emails from the official email inbox to stay under the quota.

Internet access

What you access on the internet through the CDU connection to the internet is governed by the University Internet Access Policy. All internet web traffic is monitored by our systems against your username/password and in the event that an excessive amount of data or illegal content is detected, students will be contacted and asked to explain. Students under the age of 18 are required to fill out a Permission for Internet Access for a Person Under the Age of 18 years form, which must be signed by a parent or guardian. The form can also be obtained from the IT Kiosk at Casuarina campus.

IT Kiosk

The IT Kiosk at Casuarina campus is your first point of contact for help with computers, the Internet, telephones, printers, and associated information technology equipment and services.

Operating hours: Monday to Friday 8.00am – 4.00pm excluding public holidays.
Location: Casuarina campus, Building Red 1
T:  08 8946 6600

ITMS Service Desk

The ITMS service desk serves a first point of contact to obtain IT support for all CDU locations. For any technical support problems call 08 8946 6600

Operating hours:

  • Normal hours: Monday to Thursday 7.30am – 6.00pm, Fri 7:30am – 5:30pm
  • Urgent call-out support: Monday to Friday 6.00pm – 9.00pm
  • Weekend and public holidays (urgent call-out support): 8.00am – 4.00pm

Urgent phone support will deal with problems such as network outages, server outages, major information system errors, and operational problems affecting many users. Problems with user accounts, passwords or individual machine problems will be dealt with during normal operating hours except in exceptional circumstances.

Wireless access

Wireless access is available in most CDU locations. This includes Casuarina, Palmerston, Alice Springs and Katherine campuses, and some access in other campuses. Setup of wireless is a fairly simple process, and if you require help, the IT Kiosk is prepared to assist. You can also connect to the open 'cdu-wifi-setup' wireless network, which will allow you to go to a web page that has a wizard for connecting your device to the CDU student wireless network.

Documentation is also available from the IT Kiosk and the ITMS website.

The Memorandum of Grades is a printed record of units and results within a course, and is provided by the Office of VET Business Improvement at the end of each teaching period for the duration of the course.

A Memorandum of Grades is not provided where fees remain outstanding. A replacement charge of $15 a copy for a Memorandum of Grades applies.

Students are encouraged to view their results on the Current Students website under My Student Info.

International House Darwin (IHD) provides accommodation on the Casuarina campus. For details about the application process, fees and costs, go to the IHD website, or call 08 8946 6591.

The Alice Springs Student Accommodation provides temporary student accommodation on the Alice Springs campus. For details about the application process, fees and costs, go to the Alice Springs Student Accommodation page or contact 08 8959 5295.

The Katherine Rural campus also has accommodation. For details about fees and costs, contact Katherine Rural Campus go to the Katherine Student Accomodation website on 08 8973 8311.

Photocopying and printing services are available at the campus Library in Palmerston, Casuarina and Alice Springs and the Learning Precincts in the Darwin Waterfront, Sydney and Melbourne campuses.

Each student has a printing account which is linked to their student ID card. This account incorporates Printstart. Printstart is a free University-funded entitlement given to each enrolled student twice yearly in February and July. The current CDU policy provides all full-time and part-time students with $10 of printing credit per period. Period A is from 1 February to 30 June and Period B is from 1 July to 31 January. If there is any unused credit remaining at the end of either period, it will automatically be erased.

Every student may purchase additional credit online. For more information on printing service, visit the Library website.

Alice Springs campus

The Alice Springs campus Library provides a student photocopying facility.

Darwin Waterfront campus

Printing and photocopying facility available on level 3.


The Open Learning Centre provides a limited service, but full services are available through the town Library.

Katherine Town Centre

The Open Learning Centre is operated by Employment and Training NT Katherine Regional Centre, which offers limited after-hours computing  services.

Palmerston campus

The Palmerston campus Library provides a student photocopy/ printing facility.

CDU Printery (Uniprint NT) is located in Building Purple 4. It provides academic and general printing for CDU. For students and anyone else, it provides general printing, including thesis binding, banners, graphic design and so on.

For further information go to Uniprint.

Plagiarism is the presentation of the work of another person without acknowledgement. Students may use information and ideas expressed by others, but this use must be identified by appropriate referencing. CDU Library Referencing Guide provides information on referencing styles.
The University's overarching policy on plagiarism (Academic and Scientific Misconduct Policy) can be viewed on the Governance website.

CDU Scholarships are open to everyone and students should apply for every scholarship that they think they are eligible for.

Scholarships at CDU are based on many different criteria. There are scholarships for students who show talent, passion and initiative in their chosen areas of study. There are also scholarships based on other criteria, such as regional scholarships, which are awarded to students who show commitment and vision for the area in which they live.

In addition there are scholarships to help those who are struggling with the financial or practical elements of study.

Scholarships also vary greatly in what they provide. Most of our scholarships range between $ 1,000 and $ 10,000 and are paid directly into the student’s bank account, which allows the students to use the funds in a way that they think will best enhance their studies.

Our scholarships each have selection criteria which you will need to address, this may include showing a commitment and passion for study, demonstrating financial need or showing that you have undertaken volunteer work or extracurricular studies. In all cases students are encouraged to show how they stand out from the crowd and this means that you don't have to be top of the class to receive a scholarship. 

To find the list of scholarships currently on offer visit Scholarships
Or contact the Scholarships Officer
T:  08 8946 6497

The Scholarships Office has produced a Scholarships Guide for 2017 with hints and tips on how to apply. You can download the guide from the website above or request a printed copy from Student Central.

Casuarina campus

CDU adopts the UNI-SAFE program, which aims to alert students, staff and visitors of personal safety issues.

Students should be careful walking around campus at night.

Keep to well-lit areas and try not to walk alone. If you are concerned about your personal safety, talk to a Student Facilitator at Equity Services or contact staff at the Security Office.

Be sure to report any incidents or suspicious activity to Security.

You can phone Security to arrange to be accompanied to your vehicle on campus after dark. Phone ahead (10 – 15 minutes) to make arrangements before you are ready to leave.

Phone: 08 8946 7777
Freecall: 1800 646 501 for all campuses
Location: Building Orange 2, Casuarina Campus

Carry your Student ID card with you at all times as you may be asked to provide identification while on campus. This is particularly relevant when using the computer laboratories as you may be asked to provide identification to a security guard. Do not let other students or friends use your Student ID card to access University facilities. Students using such facilities without their card will be asked to leave and could be charged under the Student Conduct By-Laws for misuse of the Student ID card.

Alice Springs campus

O’Brien Security provides a security and student escort service on Alice Springs campus. O’Brien Security operates Monday to Friday 8.00 am–10.00 pm and is available to escort students to their vehicles. Contact the Security Guard on 0428 816 741.

Darwin Water Front campus

During business hours, security is provided by CDU security staff. Wilson security provides after-hours security, please contact 08 8946 8888 to be connected to them.

Palmerston campus

Arrangements as per Casuarina campus call 08 8946 7888.

Katherine Rural campus

A Duty Officer is on campus Monday to Friday 4.30pm – 9pm each day to provide security and is on call for emergencies from 9pm – 8am. A Duty Officer is on call on weekends.


The facilities at Jabiru are owned and operated by Department of Business (DoB) and have their own system of security. Access during normal business hours is not an issue but after hours access is via the Open Learning Room by using a swipe card issued by DoB.


The facilities at Nhulunbuy are owned and operated by DoB. Access during business hours is not an issue but after-hours access is via the Open Learning Centre managed by DoB.

Tennant Creek

The facilities at Tennant Creek are owned and operated by DoB and have their own security system. Access during normal business hours is not an issue.

For further information go to Security.

The University is committed to providing a safe and respectful working and learning environment that supports the rights of all persons within the University community to work and study in a safe environment, free from sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment means any unwanted, unwelcome or uninvited behaviour or conduct of a sexual nature which makes a person feel offended, humiliated and/or intimidated, where the reaction

is reasonable in the circumstances. Unwelcome sexual advance or requests for sexual favours or other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, which may include but is not limited to, suggestive comments, insults, taunts or dirty jokes, the display of offensive pictures, sexually explicit emails or text messages staring, leering or inappropriate physical contact such as patting, pinching or groping.

If you believe you are a victim of sexual harassment, contact:

Complaints Management Unit
Building Blue 1.1.36
T:   08 8946 6509
W: Complaints Management Unit

For further information regarding sexual harassment, visit
W: Policy and Delegation
W: Complaints Management Unit
W: Respect.Now.Always

Smoking and passive smoking are recognised health risks and the University is committed to providing a healthy and safe learning and work environment for members of the University community. Government acts and regulations prohibit smoking in buildings, enclosed spaces, outdoor public areas including bus stops, within 2 m of a building entrance, within 3m from an air-conditioning intake, and other areas where a no smoking sign is displayed. The University has clearly marked designated smoking areas on each campus where smoking is permitted. No food or drink can be consumed in smoking areas.

For further information, refer to the Smoke-free Workplace Policy available from the Governance Library.

The University is committed to providing an environment conducive to the pursuit of academic and scholarly activities by promoting high standards of personal conduct and behaviour by its students.

The University’s Code of Conduct applies to all staff, students and the University’s many stakeholders. It is built on the principles of fairness, respect, integrity, professionalism, accountability, equality of opportunity and values-based leadership. The Code of Conduct provides guidance for staff, students and all those with whom

we engage to recognise and practise these values and to shape our culture. For information refer to the Code of Conduct available from the Governance Library.

The University has the responsibility to maintain order and manage the conduct of students, who may be on University premises, using University facilities and services, or participating in learning and teaching or University related activities. It is expected that all students will participate in the learning program, be respectful of others, and show consideration for all regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, sexual preference or physical disability. In accordance with the Charles Darwin University (Student Conduct) By-laws, the University has the authority to fine, impose a penalty, suspend or expel those students who are disruptive of the educational process.

For more information refer to the Charles Darwin University (Student Conduct) By-Laws

All members of the University community, including students must comply with Work Health and Safety Policy and related procedures, and should take reasonable care to prevent personal injury, injury to others and prevent or minimise damage to plant and equipment.

For more information refer to the Work Health and Safety Policy available from the Governance Library. 

Your first point of contact for WHS issues should be your lecturers. You are required to comply with all WHS instructions given by your lecturer, in your course materials and/or safety signage. You must also report any injuries or incidents. It is the lecturer’s responsibility to report these matters to the appropriate area.

In an emergency situation, follow the instructions given by your lecturer, a Warden or Campus Security.

Simple first-aid requests should be referred to your lecturers. In case of a serious, potentially life-threatening injury or illness, call the emergency number 000.


CDU welcomes your comments on the information contained in this guide. Please forward your comments via email and ensure you place VET in the subject line of your email, so your comments are directed to the appropriate area.

If you do not have access to email, forward your comments by post to:

VET Feedback
Office of VET Business Improvement
Building Red 4
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909.