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Tennant Creek

Waramungu country

About the region

Tennant Creek, the main township in the Barkly Region, offers an authentic taste of life in the Australian outback. The region is known for its gold mining heritage, rich Aboriginal culture and rugged landscapes, including the iconic Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles). Pastoralism plays an important role in the region’s growth and development.

Message from the AVC

Jodie Summers, Associate Vice-Chancellor, Central Australia

Our goal is to expand CDU’s impact throughout the Barkly Region. We aim to do this by offering tailored programs that empower the local community to engage in the region's economic growth and leverage new opportunities.

We are dedicated to tackling the social and economic challenges faced by the Barkly community through impactful training, education and research. Our commitment lies in providing high-quality training across remote communities and the wider region, ensuring education is truly accessible.

By working together, we can make significant strides towards resolving challenges in the Barkly and fostering positive change.

Jodie Summers, Associate Vice-Chancellor, Barkly Region

About the Tennant Creek centre

CDU's Tennant Creek centre facilities are dedicated to supporting students in Technical and Further Education (TAFE) or working towards an online degree.

We offer accredited short courses in the trade sectors and work skills.

Training is also delivered in surrounding Barkly communities including Ali Curung, Alpurrurulam, Ampilatwatja, Canteen Creek, Costello, Creswell, Elliott, Newcastle Waters, Nicholson, Tara and Wutungurra.

Programs are conducted in conjunction with CDU Alice Springs, and are held in an open plan learning space, at the workplace or on Country.

Tennant Creek trades students
Tennant Creek students

Tennant Creek centre serves as a hub for students to connect, get support and access facilities and resources. CDU Tennant Creek offers:

  • in-person support including support for study pathways
  • quiet study areas
  • access to online learning
  • technical support
  • practical placement support
  • student computers
  • kitchen facilities
  • accommodation referral services.

Driving change in the Barkly Region

CDU is actively engaged in the Barkly Region, collaborating with local education and training stakeholders to make a meaningful impact.

Through innovative partnerships with government, First Nations organisations and industry in the region, CDU Tennant Creek aims to identify workforce needs and work closely with employers to address and close skills gaps.

By leveraging these partnerships and collaborations, CDU aims to enhance the region's educational and training landscape, creating opportunities for the local population to thrive and contribute to the region's economic growth.

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Where to find us


Contact us

08 8962 0700

Opening hours

Mon to Thurs: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm

Friday: 8.00 am – 3.00 pm


CDU Tennant Creek Centre is located on Warumungu Country, 507 km north of Alice Springs and 1015 km south of Darwin on the Stuart Highway (Explorer's Way).

Karguru Centre
65 Staunton St
Tennant Creek
NT 0860


Tennant Creek Centre

Acknowledgement of Country

Recognition of Australian First Nations' traditional owners and cultures 

We pay our deepest respects to past, present and future Warumungu, Mudburra, Jingili, Wakaya, Wambaya, Waanyi, Warlpiri, Warlmanpa, Alyawarr, Anmatyerre and Kaytetye Custodians and Elders on whose land we live and work, and extend that respect to all Custodians and Elders across the Barkly and to the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural, spiritual, and educational practices.

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