NTG/CDU Partnership

The Partnership Agreement between Charles Darwin University and the Northern Territory Government provides for the economic and social development of the Northern Territory to be supported by a robust and resilient University working in partnership with government agencies and the wider community to contribute to education, research, policy development and program delivery.

Read more about the CDU/NTG Partnership Agreement on the Northern Territory government website.


handsKey objectives

Economic Development

To foster sustainable economic development and create better opportunities for all Territorians, especially in Indigenous, regional and remote communities – preparing the Northern Territory and Territorians to grasp and make the best use of their environment, location and available resources.

Social and Cultural Development

To enhance the social and cultural development of the Territory and care for all Territory communities – strategies to ensure that Territorians enjoy a high quality of life in safe, healthy and secure surroundings.

Environmentally Sustainable Development

To integrate environmentally responsible practices into policy development, program design and service delivery – meeting the Northern Territory's current needs without compromising the availability of resources for future generations.

Core outcomes

Partnership activities will focus on achieving the following core outcomes:

  • a critical mass of University enrolments, resident teaching and research staff, and funding applications to build the capacity of CDU and enhance CDU's role as a cultural and intellectual leader in the local and global community
  • courses relevant to both industry and NTG needs that, among other things, seek to address the concerns of the NT's broad small to medium enterprise sector, recognised skill shortages and the identified needs of Indigenous communities
  • research and evaluation that contributes to public policy and service delivery methods relevant to the NT's economic, social and environmental needs
  • structures and processes that facilitate shared communication of strategic priorities, infrastructure, staff and other resources to maximise the NT's ability to leverage Australian Government funding and promote efficiency
  • research programs in niche areas that serve to maximise the NT's natural comparative advantages, raise the University's research profile in the national and international arena, and provide relevancy to both the NT's industry and community needs
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) and higher education sectors that are relevant and appropriate to industry needs, seek to achieve real employment outcomes, offer a range of suitable courses, and provide seamless pathways for learning, including practical options to move between industry, secondary education, VET and higher education sectors
  • a thriving and engaged Indigenous population that achieves success in relevant education, employment and training programs which are clearly linked to economic and social outcomes.