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New pathway for Territorians to work on nuclear-powered submarines

Students can apply for the places at Charles Darwin University from 2024.
Students can apply for the places at Charles Darwin University from 2024.

Charles Darwin University (CDU) will be on the frontline of training the future generation of submarine specialists after being awarded places to support the AUKUS nuclear-powered submarine pathway.

CDU will be allocated more than $6 million over 2024 to 2030 to deliver 110 Commonwealth supported places in STEM courses to help grow the skilled workforce needed to support Australia’s acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines. 

The Commonwealth supported places will apply to STEM courses designed to attract more students to train in engineering, mathematics, chemistry, and physics. 

These places are part of a $128 million investment by the Federal Government for more than more than 4,000 students to train at 16 Australian universities.

Students will be eligible to apply and begin their studies from next year. 

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman welcomed the places and the possibilities it would bring for Territorians. 

“Charles Darwin University has a strong connection with Defence, and we are committed to providing more pathways for Territorians to pursue a unique career in a sector critical to the future of this country,” Professor Bowman said. 

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to educate individuals who will be part of the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of the submarines in this historic project.” 

Federal Member for Solomon Luke Gosling OAM said the places would have extensive benefits for the Northern Territory and beyond. 

“As Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of AUKUS I fully appreciate the technology and innovation dividend that will come from AUKUS which should not be underestimated, especially for the jobs and development that it will drive in the Northern Territory,” Mr Gosling said. 

“These additional Commonwealth supported university places are a strategic investment, with Territorians able to develop the advance skills needed to support Australia through the AUKUS program - and all right here in Darwin.”

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