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CDU Engagement Programs

  • Our enthusiastic Schools’ Engagement team conducts in-school presentations for students, staff or parents regarding the opportunities available at CDU. Our team presents at career sessions, parent information nights, Pop-up sessions, Personal Learning Plan (PLP) classes and for a number of organisations interested in educational opportunities.

    Each presentation is tailored to the target audience, and schools can request the type of presentation they would like.

    Book a school visit

  • The annual Career Advisers' Day is an opportunity for career advisers, guidance counsellors, teachers and other staff that provide career advice to students, to spend a day at the Charles Darwin University Casuarina campus. You will meet current lecturers and students and gain valuable information about the courses available for school leavers.

    The day includes a guided tour of the Casuarina campus and information about higher education and VET courses presented by the lecturers in a university class room environment.


    Tanya Weatherstone
    Student Recruitment Coordinator
    T: 08 8946 6226

  • CDU attends the SATAC information sessions in Adelaide annually to update schools and educators on changes and updates to CDU and our courses. 

    View the 2019 SATAC Presentation

  • The Aspire Program is a partnership initiative between CDU and NT secondary schools. It aims to help students from a diversity of backgrounds to achieve their best results in secondary school and raise their aspirations to pursue tertiary study.

    Recognising that financial hardship is just one barrier that prevents students from educational attainment, the Aspire Program is designed to support students' progression into tertiary study through a range of activities that build students' personal and educational development, grow their leadership potential and nurture in them a sense of social responsibility. This program offers financial support for students in Years 10 to 12 and the first year of uni, should they choose to study at CDU.

    The program also offers one-off travel grants to students from regional and remote areas in Years 11 and 12 that will enable them to visit CDU's Casuarina campus to explore course options and to attend academic events such as Open Day.

    For more information about this program visit CDU Aspire Program.

  • The SACE subject, Research Project B provides a vehicle for building academic literacies. The subject is a rich and challenging one that requires students to engage with community issues, think creatively and research, write and reflect on their learning.

    Charles Darwin University provides compulsory academic literacy units. All undergraduate students must complete at least one of these units. They are:

    • CUC100 Academic Literacies through Exploring Sustainability
    • CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology

    Students who have completed Research Project B and presented to a panel of CDU moderators are eligible to apply for advanced standing for either of these core units. Those students found to have satisfied the required academic skills learning outcomes will receive the full 10 credit points and will thereby be exempt from studying the unit during their CDU enrolment.

    For more information:

    Common Units
    School of Academic Language and Learning
    T: +61 8 89466142
    M: 0402 790 425


  • Charles Darwin University’s College of Engineering, Information Technology and Environment delivers a number of workshops designed to support Year 11 and 12 students studying ICT or Physics in Senior Secondary programs. All workshops are offered free of charge.

    Contact us to find out more about high school workshops at CDU.

  • Career Communicator is our newsletter for all career practitioners, VET coordinators, principals and teachers. It will keep you up-to-date with our services and what's on offer at CDU, including upcoming events. A new edition is published every term.

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  • MyCareerMatch matches a student’s strengths and personality with suitable careers and educational pathways. CDU provides this service to all high schools in the Northern Territory.

    Students complete an online survey, and both the student and their career practitioner will receive a career report that includes:

    • how to choose a career that’s right for them
    • a personality analysis and summary of their natural strengths  
    • a list of over 50 jobs that match who they are and what they’d be good at 
    • insights into their work-related strengths and ideal work environment 
    • the qualities they would bring to the job and how they make a difference  
    • a student workbook

    How it works

    Each school is set up with their personalised landing page that includes contact details of the Career Adviser and the school's logo. The Career Adviser from each school will be provided with login details.

    During a career session with their Career Adviser, students can log in to their CDU School Page and complete their profile. Once they have answered all the questions, a Career Profile will be sent directly to the student and copied to the Career Adviser.

    The Career Adviser can then analyse the report with the student and discuss potential career paths and opportunities available to the student. 

    Each school will also have access to additional accompanying resources including resume, interview and parent guides for each personality type as well as a workbook should teachers want to use this service as part of a lesson. 

    For more information about MyCareerMatch and how your school can get involved, please contact:

    T: 08 8946 6226

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