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Government engagement

CDU contributes its valuable expertise across training, education and research in the unique environment of the NT. As the only university headquartered in the NT and as a dual sector university, CDU is pleased to participate in meaningful consultation with Commonwealth, NT, and local governments.

CDU’s partnership with the Northern Territory Government is the catalyst for a collaborative approach to supporting the economic, social, and environmentally sustainable development of the NT.

Submissions to government

2022

Review of Australia’s Migration System

Submission to the Review of Australia’s Migration System (December 2022)
CDU’s submission to the Review of Australia’s Migration System draws on CDU’s Northern Australia research expertise to recommend options to underwrite population and economic growth and address workforce shortages in the NT. Acknowledging the valuable economic and social contribution of international students, the submission also addresses ways the migration system could better support international students and provide enhanced opportunities to transition from student visas to permanent migration streams.

Independent Review of the Australian Research Council Act 2001

Submission to the Independent Review of the Australian Research Council Act 2001 (December 2022)
To preserve the Australian Research Council’s fundamental role in building Australia’s research capabilities and developing career researchers, this submission takes account of practical experience with ARC grants and makes a number of recommendations for the Review Panel’s consideration. 

Inquiry into Australia’s tourism and international education sectors

Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into Australia’s tourism and international education sectors (December 2022)
In line with the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference, CDU outlines its response to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated disruption to international education and training. CDU argues that the NT is well placed to attract and retain international students and identifies opportunities to improve permanent migration pathways for international student graduates. 

Commonwealth Treasury Employment White Paper

Submission to the Commonwealth Treasury Employment White Paper (November 2022)
Focusing on areas of strength and great importance to the NT and its people, the submission canvasses demographic considerations, including the case for international migration; how education and training are fundamental enablers of employment; the importance of unlocking potential in remote Australia, especially for First Nations people; and the opportunity for place-based approaches as a key solution for employment and training. 

Commonwealth Defence Strategic Review

Submission to the Commonwealth Defence Strategic Review (November 2022)
With around six per cent of Defence personnel based in the NT, this submission outlines CDU’s contribution to building Defence capability through developing human capital and defence-relevant Research and Development (R&D). 

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Contact us

Government engagement is facilitated through the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. If you would like to learn more about CDU’s government engagement, please contact:

Bree Willsmore
Director of Government Relations
Office of the Vice-Chancellor
T: 08 8946 6646 
E: bree.willsmore@cdu.edu.au