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
Inquiry into Food Security in Australia
Inquiry into food security in Australia (April 2023)
This submission is provided in the context of the Commonwealth House Standing Committee on Agriculture’s Inquiry into food security. It leverages CDU’s expertise of Northern’s Australia’s social, economic, environmental and climatic contexts which is essential to realising the sustainable development of agricultural industries across Northern Australia. The submission urges the Committee to give urgent attention to improving local capacity in Northern Australia to help prepare for future shocks to food production systems and improve access to food in remote Australia, especially for First Nations people. The Northern Australia Food Technology Innovation Project is a key example drawn on in the Submission.
Initial Teacher Education: Teacher Education Expert Panel
Submission to Initial Teacher Education: Teacher Education Expert Panel (April 2023)
Charles Darwin University (CDU) welcomes the continuing opportunity to contribute to Quality Initial Teacher Education reform by providing this targeted submission in response to the Teacher Education Expert Panel’s Discussion Paper released on 23 March 2023. This submission seeks to ensure the Panel is familiar with the workforce challenges and school education context of the NT, especially as it relates to future performance measurement of Initial Teacher Education.
Submission to the Australian Universities Accord Discussion Paper (April 2023)
This submission proposes a new approach to funding for CDU through the Universities Accord so that future generations of Territorians continue to have access to world-class training and higher education. CDU is positioned to make a significant contribution to some of the nation’s biggest challenges: shoring-up energy and water security in the face of climate change; acknowledging our geopolitical environment to protect our national interests; and developing sustainable economic growth in Northern Australia, particularly for First Nations peoples. Case studies throughout this submission demonstrate that innovative research for Northern Australia is much more impactful when underpinned by First Nations knowledges appropriately interweaved ‘with’ Western knowledges.
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).
The Territory's university
CDU/NTG Partnership AgreementFind out more
The Partnership Agreement recognises that CDU and the NTG have specific roles, responsibilities and governance structures.
New Bilateral Skills agreement to increase CDU’s training capacityRead More
Charles Darwin University (CDU) will receive hundreds of fee-free TAFE places, as part of a new skills deal made with the Northern Territory and Federal Governments to develop the NT’s workforce.
CDU Strategic Plan 2021-2026Read more
CDU's new strategic plan will set out our roadmap for the next five years towards a post-pandemic recovery where we will be Australia's most connected university by being courageous and making a difference in the Northern Territory, Australia and beyond.
Government engagement is facilitated through the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. If you would like to learn more about CDU’s government engagement, please contact:
Director of Government Relations
Office of the Vice-Chancellor
T: 08 8946 6646