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From 28 May 2018, all VET graduates will now be provided with digital graduation documents known as 'My eQuals' as well as hard copy documents free of charge at the time of graduation from a specified course.

My eQuals is being adopted by universities across Australia and New Zealand. It allows students to view and securely share digital versions of our documents with anyone, including employers and other universities. For further information on My eQuals visit Student Central, Graduation Documents.

Academic Records, Certificates of Completion, Testamurs and My eQuals will not be issued where fees remain outstanding or you have not provided CDU with your Unique Student Identifier (USI). You can apply for your USI online.

A replacement fee for a hard copy Testamur is $100 per completed award, capped at $300. The fee for a digital copy is $50 total for all completed awards. A request for a testamur reprint must be accompanied by the original or by a Statutoy Declaration for stating what happened to the original Testamur.

Additional Academic Transcripts can be obtained at a cost of $40 for hard copy of $20 for digital copy. Please note that digital transcripts do not show the grading system as the original hard copies do. This can be obtained by visiting the Academic Transcript information on the CDU Graduation documents webpage.

Copies of Completion Certificates can be obtained at a cost of $30 for hard copy. Digital copies are not available at this time.

Requests for Academic Transcripts, Certificates of Completion, Testamurs and eQuals can be made through the "Academic Document request" via eForms. You can also access your academic records on the CDU webiste by selecting 'Current students', then 'MyStudentInfo'.

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

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. (Closed on public holidays)

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

The Darwin Waterfront centre 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.


There are currently no student facilities available in Jabiru.


There are currently no student facilities available in Nhulunbuy.

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 Alcohol, Drugs and other Substances 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 who owe fees to the University, or have not provided their Unique Student Identifier (USI), are not able to graduate until the debt has been cleared or their USI has been verified by the University. Students owing fees or with no USI will automatically be deferred to the following graduation ceremony.

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 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 Office of International Services.

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

A Memorandum of Grades is not provided where fees remain outstanding. For a replacement copy of your Memorandum of Grades, contact your industry team Customer Service Officer.

Students are encouraged to view their results on the Current Students website under MyStudentInfo.

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

Printing and photocopying facility available on level 3.

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 CDU 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 see the Scholarships at CDU guide.
Or contact the Scholarships Officer
T:  08 8946 6442

The Scholarships Office has produced a Scholarships Guide for 2018 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

Talice Security and internal security staff provides a security and student escort service on Alice Springs campus. Security is on site Monday to Friday 8.00 am–10.00 pm and is available to escort students to their vehicles.

Security Guard on 0428 816 741.

Darwin Water Front

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.

Phone: Ext 8314 from campus phone

Tennant Creek

The facilities at Tennant Creek are owned and operated by DCIS 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 University Policy.

A Statement of Attainment (SOA) is issued to a student under the following conditions:

  • upon successfully completing one or more accredited units or an accredited short course that does not meet the requirements for a full qualification (as specified in the Training Package) within 30 days of completing their training program*.
  • or by submitting a completed VET102 - Change of Enrolment/ Withdrawal from Course form to withdraw from the course.

For all the conditions above, the student must have a USI and/or no outstanding fees. If there is no USI and/or any outstanding fees, an SOA will not be issued.

Where a training product is no longer current and the course or unit version is likely to be removed from CDU's scope of registration, eligible students will receive an SOA for units successfully completed prior to the expiry date or date of removal from CDU's scope of registration. Those students with any outstanding fees will have to request an SOA. This will be issued when the outstanding fees have been paid. Students who have not provided CDU with their USI number before the expiry date, will not be issued with an SOA. Alternative arrangements will need to be made with their course team to gain recognition of competency.

*completing a training program means the delivery and assessment of all units intended to be studied has been completed by the RTO. Students who withdraw from their course are also considered to have completed their training program.

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 more information refer to the Code of Conduct.

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.

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.