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Join our range of student-run groups including sporting, academic, social, cultural, and faith-based groups. Each group holds a range of events across the academic year and new members are always welcome.

Whether you want to get fit, have fun, share your passion, discover something new, or try to change the world, there's something for everyone. 

Get involved and find your people.

 

Join a student group

Joining a student group will help you connect with people with common interests, celebrate your culture or religion, and have fun with your peers. Check out the list of CDU student groups you can join, below.

Our student groups

To join a student group, contact the group of your choice and let them know you are interested. The group will get back to you and let you know about membership, meetings or upcoming activities.

 
  • CDU is proud to have students and staff of diverse gender identities and sexualities as active members of its communities.

    Pride@CDU

    Pride@CDU is a closed group for CDU students and staff who identify as LGBTQIA+. It’s a safe and welcoming (virtual) space for people to connect, share stories, support each other and organise campaigns about issues that matter.

    Learn more and sign up

    CDU Ally Network

    All CDU staff are encouraged to become active allies: visible advocates for LGBTIQA+ inclusion at CDU. As well as taking part in celebration events, they help:

    • share their knowledge with others
    • correct harmful myths and stereotypes
    • identify and act on inappropriate behaviour and negative comments
    • display symbols of inclusion (e.g Ally Network lanyards, stickers and pins) which are provided upon completion of the Ally Network training.

    If you are a staff member or know a CDU staff member who is keen to join the network, the staff portal has info on how to sign up.

  • Logo for BSA-CDU

    Determining and representing the interests and views of members to the Bangladesh Student Association, the University, the International Student of CDU, the enrolled students of CDU, other Students’ Societies or Associations and the Bangladeshi Community as a whole.

    Join this group or you can contact us via Facebook

  • Allied Health Collective

    The Allied Health Collective is a community of Health Professionals trained through CDU, allowing collaboration, support and networking.  To improve allied health service delivery through fostering a community empowerment and collaboration.  Personal Growth through Professional Development. Creating a community, through collaboration with other health professionals.

    To find out more and join!

  • Logo for CDU Bar Brothers and Sisters

    It is a Calisthenics Workout group that focuses on body weighted exercises. Students are challenged physically and mentally, and when these challenges are overcome through support and determination; this attitude is carried through other areas of student’s lives! Ideal for people who want to achieve some fitness/strength goals without paying for anything. 

    To join our group Click Here.  After more information please go to our Facebook page.

  • Logo for CDU BSA

    The CDU Business Students' Association is the student association which aims to further the interests of all students studying accounting and business at the College of Business and Law of Charles Darwin University. We aim to liaise with the College of Business and law and their departments to ensure the needs of the students are being met. To provide an opportunity for business students to mingle with their fellow college mates as we understand the importance of the social aspect of university life. Assist business students to seek employment by creating links through the various events organised by the society.

    To find our more, email us.  To be apart of our Student Group click here.

  • Logo for CDUCSSA

     

    CDUCSSA is a student-run association represents the voice of all CDU Chinese students. The association aims to offer a platform to all the Chinese students in university to assist personal and professional growth. It offers a range of activities for students to expand extracurricular interests, develop social skills and increase academic interactions. It facilitates culture communication in culturally diverse Darwin society. To serve the interests of Chinese students and scholars in the CDU environment.

    Click here to join now!

  • Student Groups Logo CDU Christians

    Our aim is to support and encourage Christian University students in their faith during their time at CDU. We also want to help other interested people at CDU to find out about Christianity. We aim to achieve these goals through weekly bible studies, students meeting up together, a Friday Night connect event with dinner, social games and teaching on Christianity. In terms of contributing to student life - all our events provide avenues for students to build friendships and support networks during their time at uni which really aids them in their student life and study.

    To find out more visit our website. Click on here to join today!

  • CDU FNA LSS Logo

    We are passionate in advancing First Nations people of Australia through legal education and the study of law. To provide support for current First Nations of Australia students who are studying law at CDU. Support and encourage pathways to study law at CDU. Connecting graduating students to legal and justice organisations to be better their future career advancements. 

    Click here to join!

  • Logo for ITSA Student Group

    CDU ITSA's objective is to provide all IT students opportunities for growth and a platform of learning new skills, understanding the industry needs and networking with the IT professionals.

    Send us an email for more information.  Click here to sign up to our group!

  • Logo for Law Students Society

    To provide for the welfare and protect the interests of law students at Charles Darwin University.  To represent the interests of law students at Charles Darwin University through advocacy before relevant bodies of Charles Darwin University on their behalf.
    To foster the growth of a positive and inclusive social community for students at Charles Darwin University that encourages networking, personal development and the sharing of ideas.

    Join now by clicking here! Check out our Facebook Page.

  • Magic Club Logo

    Magic is an art that combines skill and performance, which brings miracles to thousands of audiences. The Magic Club was established to promote this art to more audiences. The Magic Club holds regular activities and magic theme activities to achieve this goal. The Magic Club provides an opportunity for students and staff, as well as magic enthusiasts to understand and learn magic.

    To learn more, join today!

  • Logo for CDUMSS

     

    Our mission is to create a common platform for CDU Muslim students to preserve and be confident in their unique Australian Muslim identity through advocacy, education, empowerment and engagement so that we can tackle social issues affecting all Australians.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Check us out on Facebook. Join today click here!

  • Logo for CDUNSA

    Support Nepalese Students studying at Charles Darwin University. by running information sessions about Darwin and Australian lifestyle, accommodation, job search, and local knowledge every semester to new (and old) students. Serve as a support hub for overseas students in NT. Organize different events and programs to establish communication among Nepalese students, promote Nepali Culture, and support sport and recreational activities of Nepalese Student.

    We are always looking for new members, click here to register! More information on our Facebook page.

  • Logo for CDU Squash Club

    CDUSC is a club for university students, staff and alumni to get together to play social or competitive squash out at the Darwin Squash Centre. It’s also a platform for the University’s community to create lifelong relationships through academic and sports in a healthy and social atmosphere. We cater for all levels from beginners to advance players and membership ranges from social to competition.
    Join the club to gain access to:
    • Discounted court hire
    • Special student rates
    • Subsidised coaching
    • Competitions/ Australian University Games
    • Social events

    Email us today!

  • Logo for CDUCS

    The purpose of CDUSC is to:

    • Promote and advance the rights, interests and welfare of students;
    • Represent students within and outside the University;
    • Provide the means for effective communication between students and the University;
    • Deliver other services, amenities and programs for students funded from the CDUSC membership fee and other income received by CDUSC.

    To join our group click here.

  • Logo for CDU Table Tennis

    Our Club Mission is to connect discover and grow through multiculturalism and via providing a shared platform to enhance life skills and solidarity among university students and broader Australian community using Table Tennis as a medium. 

    Become a member by clicking here! Visit Darwin Table Tennis Association for more information.

  • Logo for CDU Taoteching Club

     

    We aim to foster a mutually supportive environment in which everyone can achieve positive thinking and live a meaningful, fulfilling life. Throughout the year, we have a range of activities, which provide the platform for all members to connect and build comradeship. In our fortnightly discussion group, everyone has the opportunity to interact and share stories with one another. In this positive learning environment, members can learn more about the ways one can maintain positive thinking, cultivate a spiritual life, cultivate oneself, and build positive relationship with anyone in one’s life. At the same time, members will learn about Eastern Wisdom such as Lao Tzu’s Taoteching (Tao: The Way; Te: Virtue; Ching: Classic), Confucius’s and Buddha’s teachings and philosophy.

    Visit our Facebook page for more details or click here to join.

  • Logo for CDU Weightlifting Academy

     

    We are a sporting club, dedicated to building a pathway to the highest level of the sport. Our vision is to develop participants from all across the Territory to become elite athletes of Olympic Weightlifting, to promote health and well-being and encourage the community to be physically active.

    Check out our website for more information.

  • Logo for CDU Yoga Lifestyle Club

    CDU Yoga Lifestyle Club provides weekly yoga classes to University students for free (during S1 and S2 only). Other activities planned to help students increase their awareness of health and wellness. 

    If you'd like more details please click here or email us.

  • Logo for CDU CATTS

     

    The Cosplay, Anime & Table-Tennis Society (CATTS), primarily aims to promote Japanese culture, namely anime and cosplay. They are a CDU-centralised, casual table-tennis club of average players with a love of the sport.

    Join today, click here! Contact us via email for more information.

  • Logo EnviroCollective 2020

    We aim to improve sustainability on campus and raise awareness about environmental issues in the Northern Territory and beyond.  We provide a space for all people who are interested in sustainability and our environment to come together and create positive change through connection, education and inspiration. For environment students, it is an excellent way to meet people in your field, gain relevant work experience, and find out what opportunities exist for employment after university life.

    Click here to join our group alternatively contact us via email or Facebook.

  • Logo for CDU Jesus Youth

    Jesus Youth is a lifestyle of young people themselves, who filled with the Holy Spirit try to reach out spiritually to young and active students. We mainly focus on enhancing the spiritual upliftment of young Catholic Christians through various events, prayer gatherings, outreach, etc. We also focus on International students who need spiritual support and guidance and make friends for life.

    Contact us via Facebook or click here to join!

  • ISA

    This is a Student Group formed by Indian international students to help the newly enrolled students regarding different hardships-financially, emotionally and make themselves homely away from home.

    Our mission is to allow all students to interact with each other and spread the Indian culture across the community and formulate a healthy connection with the government education and business sector.

    To join click here!

  • Logo for CDU PPIANT

     

    The main objectives of the organisation is to create a space where the students can improve and express themselves in the safe environment.  The activities of the organisation is varied. Include education, culture, bonding, competition and seminar activities.

    Details head to our Facebook Page, alternatively click here to join today!

  • CDU PPC Logo

    Practice Presentation Club is a platform for students to practice study and presentation with feedback and suggestions for improvement. Three types are involved, which include professional knowledge session for sharing, impromptu speech sessions, and prepared speech session.  We are an inclusive club, here to help students improve their skills and confidence.

    Click here to join today!

  • Logo for Hoggies Netball Club

     

    Our aim is to teach young girls how to play netball, stay fit and live a healthy lifestyle. We continue to develop young girls netball and leadership skills so they are ready to move onto our senior teams. We would like to work with University and encourage students to join our club, where we can teach and develop their skills.

    To join contact us via email.

  • Logo for SMID

     

    Student Midwives in Darwin (SMID) aims to provide opportunities for students to socialise and network with each other and Darwin’s midwifery community with the purpose of growing as professionals who advocate for, and advance, the midwifery profession. Annually we aim to fundraise for a midwifery related cause.

    Joining is easy, just click here! or you can contact usvia email.

  • SLSA CUD Logo

    SLSA is a Sri-Lankan student community based in Charles Darwin University, initiated to support the growing Sri Lankan community in the University and other institutions in Northern Territory. We promote student engagement activities in Charles Darwin University and collaborate and participate in local community events representing our university. Our aim is to enrich the well-being of members and share the Sri-Lankan culture and values in Charles Darwin University.

    To be apart of our group please click here or contact us through our Facebook page.

  • GG Social Club

    A club which holds social events that involve various gaming-related activities including but not limited to: table-top games, board games, card games, video games, laser tag, scavenger hunts and the list goes on.  Connecting with like-minded people who are passionate about games, in all shapes and form, who aim to share their experiences, as well as experience new forms of gaming with others.

    Click here to join today!

     

     
     
     
     
  • Logo for Uni Bulls Cricket Club

     

    Uni Bulls Cricket Club want to foster and promote the game of cricket within the Charles Darwin University Community as defined by the Northern Territory Cricket Association. To foster and promote the game of cricket among the youth in the Northern Territory especially within the Charles Darwin University community. To do all such other lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the objectives aforesaid.

    To sign up click here or go to our Facebook.

  • Logo for Uni Rats Football Club

    The University Australia Football Club aims to promote healthy lifestyles, engagement with and from the AFL and wider community and participation in Women's and Men's AFL through active training and formal competitions in association with the NTFL.

    To join head to our Facebook Page.

  • Logo for Uni Rebels Basketball

     

    Promote basketball to all persons within Darwin Region and the University, senior or juniors’ players.  Provide development programs; Encourage participation in a sportsman like manner; Development of junior basketball and Participate in competitions. 

    More information on how to join go to our Facebook Page.

  • Logo for UN Youth NT

    UN Youth Northern Territory is a division of UN Youth Australia, a national youth-led organisation that aims to educate and empower young Australians on global issues. We know that young leaders have the vision and passion to create meaningful change within their communities and throughout the world, and aim to equip them with the skills and inspiration to do so.

    For more information head to our Facebook page.

  • Womens Collective Logo

     

    Our mission is to encourage and empower women to achieve their goal. By developing an exchange network with students, business organisations and the Government. In the long run, the group aims to generate a ripple effect for women to contribute in productive ways.

    Click here to join today!

  • RIEL_CO Logo

    RIELCPS is a student representative body developed by RIEL and SENV for postgraduate students in the College of Engineering, IT and Environment (CEITE) and affiliate organizations. The primary focus of RIELCPS is to enhance the postgraduate student experience by providing social and academic services and outlets, representing postgraduate students - individually and collectively, and providing support to students over the course of their studies.

    Click here to join!

Start a group

In 6 simple steps, your group could be up and going in no time! 

 
 
  • Some tips to guide your thinking.

    Think of something:

    • you are passionate about
    • ready to commit to, and something that
    • other students would want to join.

    Make sure that a group with a very similar name, purpose, objectives or activities does not already exist (see the list of the current Student Groups above or speak with the Student Groups Support Officer).

  • Ensure you have enough members. You need a minimum of 10 currently enrolled students to establish a group.

    You should also consider how you may promote your group to other students in various campuses to allow for maximum reach to all students. It's important to note that the University will also ask for evidence of student membership when considering your application.

  • Our Student Groups Support Officer is here to help.

    Please send them an email or give them a call on (08) 8946 7678 to organise a time to catch up so they can ensure that you're on the right track to get your group up and running as soon as possible. 

  • Student groups must have a set of club rules, otherwise known as a constitution.

    To make it easier we have created this Template Constitution (DOCX, 499.44 KB) for you to use.

    The Student Groups Support Officer is available to assist you to build a constitution, please contact via email to set up a time to discuss further.

  • Before you submit your application you will need to hold a meeting to decide things such as, who will be the president, will you have a membership fee and all the other essential details for running your club.

    This initial meeting is also known as an inaugural general meeting (IGM).

    See resources for tips on how to run an IGM.

  • Apply now

    Deadlines:

    • Semester 1: Due before Friday 26 March 2021
    • Semester 2: Due before Friday 27 August 2021

    The Student Groups Support Officer will contact you regarding the outcome of the application, 2 weeks after the closing date.

Manage your group 

Never run a student group before? Don't stress we have everything you need right here.

Online application forms

Managing money

  • CDU provides financial support to affiliated Groups depending on the size of your group.

    However, you don't automatically get all that money in your student group bank account!

    You need to:

    1. Plan your events and activities for the whole semester on this
    2. Do a budget for how much you think it will cost on the form.
    3. Complete the Student Group Funding Application (external groups sporting groups must complete the External Group Funding Application) by 19 March 2021.

    The Student Groups Support Officer will assess your application to make sure it’s reasonable, doesn’t break any rules and regulations, and then approve it by 26 March 2021.

    So now you have approval to spend the money – how do you pay for stuff?

    There are three ways:

    1. You can get an invoice from the supplier, the Student Groups Support Officer will pay for it on your behalf and then deduct that amount from your budget.
    2. If you are paying for small things under $100, you can get a prepaid card from the Student Groups Support Officer, buy the stuff, keep the receipts and give the card back. The amount spent will be deducted from your budget.
    3. If you have money in your Student Group bank account, you can use that to pay for things and then get a reimbursement back into your bank account.

    Contact the Student Groups Support Team to discuss the easiest and fastest ways to pay for your activities at least 4 weeks prior to your event.

    In your emails, put the your Student Group name and your event as the email subject, and only attach invoices for that event. If you have multiple events and invoices please send a separate email for each one.

    More details about each of these three options, and more information about managing money are on the resources page or contact the Student Group Support Officer.

  • Each Group can get some petty cash to use for admin, stationery or for the compulsory events - Open Day and Clubs Carnival. 

    Make sure the committee agrees on how much to spend - put this in writing to avoid problems.

    When you pay for anything in cash, keep receipts and document it in the template below.

     

  • As well as charging a membership fee there are several pathways to getting money to cover your costs. This could include fundraising or sponsorship.

    • Fundraising can be fun, and you could run events such as a BBQ, bake sale, trivia night, or a raffle. If you choose to fundraise, make sure that you budget to ensure that you make a profit from the event.
    • Sponsorship is when a business provides funds or resources to a club, in return for some form of rights and/or associations with the club that may be used to help the business commercially. For example, having the business logo on a club shirt could be considered a form of advertising.

Events

  • Date

    Action

    12 March 2021

    Deadline for new groups' IGM
    23 February 2021Clubs Carnival - promote your group to new students
    19 March 2021Deadline for Semester one funding applications
    26 March 2021Deadline for new student group applications
    5 August 2021Clubs Carnival - Virtual week of Activities, promote your group to new students
    20 August 2021Deadline for new groups' IGM
    27 August 2021Deadline for Semester two funding applications
    3 September 2021Deadline for new student group applications
    TBCCDU Open Day - this is a compulsory event for all affiliated student groups.
    19 September 2021Hold elections for your next executive committee for 2022*
    22 October 2021Deadline for holding your AGM*
    29 October 2021Deadline for submitting your AGM minutes to Student Groups Officer*
    30 November 2021Deadline for submitting the re-affiliation form for 2022

    *External sporting groups that operate on a different schedule please contact the Student Groups Support Officer with your timelines.

  • It can be a little tricky to navigate room bookings, so whether you want to book theatre rooms, lecture rooms or outdoor spaces all you have to do is follow the Student Group Room Booking Process (DOCX, 491.67 KB)

    All room bookings can be completed through the 'Room Bookings' app via the CDU Portal.

    You must complete this minimum two (2) weeks prior to the proposed event date.

    Remember when holding an event any external people (non student and non staff members) coming into the University for any student groups events, are required to register their visit as mandated by the NT Government.  Please contact Room Bookings or the Student Groups Support Officer to gain access to the QR code or form.

    • The University has compulsory events that all student groups must attend to maintain their affiliation with the University and receive the benefits of being affiliated.

      Student groups must have a stall at the following events:

      • Orientation (Student Groups Carnival) semester 1.
      • Orientation (Student Groups Carnival) semester 2.
      • University Open Day

      We advise you to check your emails regularly and follow the instructions to secure a stall well before the deadline.

    • WHS  involves the management of risks to the health and safety of everyone involved. 

      WHS will require a few pieces of paperwork, some communications to student group members and taking a few simple measures of additional care. It will achieve safer practices when it comes to events and activities, facilities and student group involvement.

      For a full list of the University's WHS practices, please see WHS Policies & Procedures. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Groups Support Officer

    • Student groups must comply with the requirements of the University Alcohol, Drugs and other Substances Policy at all group activities. Any breaches by a group may result in the group becoming disaffiliated. Alcohol expenses for events will not be funded by student group support funding.

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

      When organising an event, you will need to complete the Risk Management Template (DOCX, 480.25 KB) below to encourage your club to think about potential issues that could arise and how you will handle it if it does. 

    • At CDU we value diversity and expect the student groups to reflect our same values set out in the Code of Conduct. Behaviour that is discriminatory is considered a breach of the Code. As such, the University may take disciplinary action.

      We have prepared this Inclusive Events Checklist (XLSX, 12.97 KB) to assist you when planning your groups events. 

    • Student groups can request to have an allotted space in the student groups storeroom, located at Casuarina Campus, Red 2, Level 2.  As space is limited, student groups may only have a small storage area.

      Student groups that want to store large or bulky items can only do so with prior consent from student groups support team. The storeroom will be accessible whenever the Student Groups Support Officer is available, please contact them to arrange an appropriate time.

      There are some items that are prohibited from being stored in the storeroom at any time. The following items will be removed immediately if discovered by staff and disposed of without notice:

      • any perishable goods, fresh or packaged (food, drinks, including sauces, oils)
      • dangerous goods
      • gas bottles/cans (of any kind) In addition, all unlabelled items outside of storage tubs/area will be thrown out without notice. Other clearly labelled items that should not be in the storeroom may be thrown out after giving the student group seven (7) days of notice via email (sent to the general student groups email).

    Committees and meetings

    • General Meeting

      The most common reason to have a meeting is to discuss something face to face. It could be a new idea, a new opportunity, a problem, to brainstorm something, reach a decision about something, changing the constitution, or any number of things. But it all comes down to discussion and face to face interaction. 

      Inaugural meetings

      An inaugural meeting is the first meeting held to establish things such as who will be on the committee and what roles members will take on, you will also determine a membership fee at this meeting. 

      Annual general meeting

      An annual general meeting (AGM) is held once a year to provide an account of the clubs position, and discuss the elections for the executive positions for the next year/semester. 

      Extraordinary general meetings

      Most often EGMs are called by the group executives in order to make changes to the constitution or to fill a vacant executive position. 

      For more information on meetings, please see our Resources page

    • A dynamic and effective executive committee is important to drive a group forward. A committee will make decisions on behalf of the group and will take on duties to ensure everything runs smoothly. Its purpose is to serve the groups members.

      What are student groups executives?

      A student groups executive is made up of members who are elected by the members of a student group to fill constitutionally mandated roles. Each of these roles must have a role description in the student group’s constitution. This means that your executive may only consist of the positions listed in your constitution and must have a member elected to each role that is defined.

      How to operate your student groups successfully

      For a student group to operate successfully, each member of the executive must take on different but important roles. It is vital that all executive members are aware of their own requirements and responsibilities and communicate these responsibilities and expectations with each other. All student groups are expected to be run democratically and fairly, and decision-making ability and responsibilities and should never rely solely on one executive role.

    • Preparing an agenda not only communicates to your group what the meeting is about, but also makes you think in advance about what information you would like to cover during the meeting.

      When creating an agenda, keep in mind who will be at the meeting, in what kind of space the meeting will be held, and how long you wish the meeting to run. Please use this Student Group Agenda Template (DOCX, 493.55 KB) to ensure your meeting runs smoothly. 

    • Minutes document all the important decisions made by a club and provide guidance for the future. Minutes don’t have to be exhaustive but should provide enough detail for readers to understand what the outcomes of the meeting were. 

      Please use this Student Group Minute Meeting Template (DOCX, 491.82 KB) to record your minutes. 

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