Working at CDU

Health, Safety and Emergency

A healthy and safe workplace

The University is committed, through its Work Health and Safety Policy, to provide a healthy and safe workplace for all staff, students and visitors. The Safety, Emergency and Wellbeing (SEW) team is available for consultation on work health and safety matters for the University's community.

Forms, policies, procedures and guides relating to health, safety and emergency are available to download below.

The role of health, safety and emergency

The Health, Safety and Emergency (HSE) team provides support and advice on the University's overall safety, emergency and wellbeing program and pursues a proactive risk management approach to work health and safety issues, in line with the Work Health and Safety Policy and relevant Work Health and Safety Legislation.

HSE provides common work health and safety induction courses as well as training on specific health, safety and emergency topics; conducts inspections, audits and discussions on safety, emergency and wellbeing across the University; advises on work methods or workplace design in order to accommodate members of the University community with special needs; and provides professional support to the safety, emergency and wellbeing management groups within the University.

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Further Information

Work Groups & Health and Safety Representatives

Work Groups are established at the University and the University actively supports the election of Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs). This is in line with the requirements for consultation, representation and participation under the NT Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011.

Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) at CDU form an integral part in the process of consultation with and representation of employees on health and safety matters. HSRs are elected by the employees of the respective Work Group (WG) for a term of three years.  An NT WorkSafe approved five day HSR course (through external RTO) is available to elected HSRs. If you are an elected HSR and wish to undertake HSR training, contact HSE on 6494 or email

The following Work Groups are currently established at the University:

  • Alice Springs campus Work Group (WG) including Tennant Creek and Yulara
  • Katherine campus WG including Jabiru
  • Palmerston campus WG
  • Casuarina campus Blue precinct WG
  • Casuarina campus Brown precinct WG
  • Casuarina campus Green precinct WG
  • Casuarina campus Orange precinct WG
  • Casuarina campus Pink precinct WG
  • Casuarina campus Purple precinct [HE] non-trades WG
  • Casuarina campus Purple precinct [VET] Trades WG including Nhulunbuy campus
  • Casuarina campus Red precinct WG
  • Casuarina campus Yellow precinct WG

Representing the employees of their Work Group on health and safety matters, the role of a HSR includes:

  • making enquiries into OHS issues
  • raising OHS issues on behalf of employees with management
  • assisting in the consultation process on OHS matters
  • assisting employees and management with the resolution of OHS issues

Please note that a HSR is not responsible for OHS at the workplace. The primary responsibility for providing and maintaining OHS at the workplace rests with the University through its supervisors and managers. If you would like to discuss an OHS issue affecting your workplace, contact Health, Safety and Emergency on ext. 6494 or email


Jade Kurray

Alice Springs

T: 08 8946 6753


Location: Alice Springs 4.1.1 Drew Harper

Rob Buttery

Casuarina campus Pink precinct

T: 08 8946 7454


Location: Pink 9.2.24

John Zelley

Katherine Work Group

Katherine R/C

T: 08 8973 9919


Ty Lee

Palmerston campus Work Group

T: 08 894 67838


Location: Palmerston

Matile Phillips

Casuarina campus Brown precinct

T: 08 8946 6700


Location: Brown 1.1

Deborah Blaser

Casuarina campus Orange Precinct

T: 08 8946 7162


Location: Orange 1.1

Philip Kiragu

Casuarina campus Pink precinct

T: 08 8946 6394


Location: Pink 3.1.26

Hemangi Surti

Casuarina campus Purple (non-trades) Precinct

T: 08 8946 6373


Purple 12.1

Ramya Ramamoorthi

Casuarina campus Yellow Precinct

T: 08 8946 7786


Yellow 2.2.59

Further information about Work Groups and HSRs can be found at NT WorkSafe

Health, Safety and Emergency Training

HSE conducts and/or coordinates a number of training courses for new and current staff as well as members of the University community who wants to develop their health, safety and emergency understanding and competencies relevant to their jobs at Charles Darwin University. Training needed for a position is usually identified in the Employee Health and Safety Checklist and from the risk assessments for the tasks/ activities usually performed by the role.

Training CourseDurationDelivery ModeNote
Ergonomics in the Workplace2 hoursOnine, self-studyMandatory for new employee, self-paced
Fire Awareness and Emergency Evacuation2 hoursOnline, self-studyMandatory for new employee, self-paced
Hazardous Chemicals2 hoursIn person, internal
Hazardous Manual Tasks2 hoursIn person, internal
Introduction to Chemwatch2 hoursOnline, self-study

Risk Management

3 hoursIn person, internal
First Aid2 daysIn person, externalFor nominated First Aiders only
Emergency Warden Training1 dayIn person, externalFor nominated Wardens only
Health and Safety Representative training5 daysIn person, externalFor elected Health and Safety Representatives only
Risk Management for Fieldwork3 hoursIn person, internal

Note: Internal/external training courses are delivered on demand, please contact Health, Safety and Emergency on 08 8946 6473 or email to register your interest. Internal training sessions will be organised once there are a minimum of five participants.

Workstation ergonomics

Workstation ergonomics and self-setup is a compulsory learning module at CDU. CDU encourages staff to revisit the Ergonomic Workstation Presentation, and the associated Self Setup Guide and Self-Assessment Tool regularly to aid in injury and discomfort prevention. An individual Ergonomic Workstation Assessment may be arranged as required on completion of the learning module and self-setup.

See: Ergonomic Workstation Assessment Request Form, Ergonomic Workstation Assessment Form available to download above.

Accidents, incidents and injuries

Members of the University community are required to notify SEW of all accidents, incidents, injuries or near misses within 24 hours; immediately if serious. The initial notification may be made by email (preferred) or telephone. The completed Accident, Incident and Injury Report form should then be forwarded to HSE by the involved or injured person as soon as possible. If there is a witness to the accident, incident or injury a Witness to Accident/Injury Report form needs to be completed and submitted.

Forms are available to download above. For assistance, email

Workers compensation and return to work

Charles Darwin University (CDU) encourages early return to full employment as soon as practicable following an injury or illness. Where possible and appropriate, CDU provides suitable duties during the staff members recovery from injury / illness. This procedure provides the framework for the safe and early return to work for both work and non-work related, injured / ill staff, across all Charles Darwin University (CDU) Workplaces in compliance to the Return to Work Act 2016 (NT) and Return to Work Regulation 2016 (NT) that applies to work related injuries and illnesses.

CDU Injury Management, Workers Compensation and Return to Work Guide (pdf 2MB)

CDU Injury and Claims Information Pack (docx 57KB) (forms required to take to Doctor in event of Injury/Illness)

Workplace Injury Rehabilitation Presentation (ppt 1.18MB)

For further assistance contact your Supervisor or the IMC (Injury Management Coordinator) on 08 8946 6592 or at

Journey management

Journey Management at CDU is defined as travelling away from campus to perform CDU business. It may be in a car, plane, bus, truck or boat. It may be with a private or commercial carrier. Regardless of the mode of travel or the distance of travel, it introduces a hazard and associated risk. The effort that we take to control the hazard or mitigate the consequences of an incident that could arise during the journey is proportional to the risk. Safety, Emergency and Wellbeing (SEW) has developed several tools to assist the CDU traveller in reducing the journey's risk to an acceptable level. These tools are listed below and their application is strongly encouraged.

Vehicle Travel Plan Form (doc 50KB)

Flowcharts for Journey Management (doc 242KB)

Finally, it should be noted that these tools are meant only to address the risk of the journey. The risk associated with the actual work or activities that will be performed by the traveller after the journey is concluded will be contained in future references.

CDU Goes Bush

CDU Goes Bush is an initiative to provide information on travel to remote communities for CDU staff and students. Health, Safety and Emergency has identified hazards and associated risks that exist regardless of the location or the community.

HSE is currently developing tools and is using existing external websites to address the risk to CDU staff and students while staying and working in a community to enable them to plan their travel and work as safely as practicable. A CDU goes bush blog is also being developed and will be available soon.

Community Engagement Police Officers (CEPO)

CEPO Fact Sheet (pdf 498KB) and Deployment, Contacts and Map (pdf 1MB)

  • Effectively engage in a culturally sensitive manner with their local community members and Service Providers
  • Support Community Safety Committees and Community Safety Action Plans
  • Engage with Community Night Patrols and Community NT Emergency Services Volunteer Units


  • For local community knowledge, contact the respective council/local authority, or local police station first
  • CEPO general enquiries (08) 8901 0305

NT Government websites BushReady and BushTel

  • Services available (who to contact) i.e. Local Councils, Accommodation, Police Station, Health Clinics, mobile phone/internet coverage, airstrip maintenance etc.
  • Names of communities i.e. correct spelling or pronunciation, official name such as Wadeye also goes under an alias as Port Keats
  • Languages that may be spoken on a community
  • Transport availability i.e. AirNorth
  • Maps of the community and SLAP maps

NT Road Report

Bureau of Meteorology

Communication Guide for Travel

Flowcharts for Journey Management (doc 242KB)