Release type: Joint Media Release


Charles Darwin University students to benefit from $20 million Gillard Government investment


Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations
Leader of the Government in the Senate

Students at Charles Darwin University will benefit from a Gillard Government grant of $20 million to develop and deliver innovative tertiary education programs.

The Gillard Government today announced it will invest $377 million in new state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities at university campuses across the nation.

With funding from State and Territory Governments as well as successful universities, this investment will deliver an $873 million upgrade for higher education institutions in regional and outer metropolitan areas.

The investment is part of the Government’s commitment to removing the barriers to higher education and opening the doors of Australia’s universities to all students, no matter where they live.

Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, said the funding to improve the way courses are offered at Charles Darwin University will ensure pathways to tertiary qualifications remain open and attractive to Territorians, including Aboriginal students looking to pursue a higher education.

“Charles Darwin University needs to adapt its curriculum and learning technologies to meet the growing proportion of students who are seeking more flexible education options as they look to balance study and other commitments,” Mr Snowdon said.

“The project is expected to expand the range of pathways available to study at Charles Darwin University, including through better articulated vocational education and training to higher degree programs and more work integrated learning elements.”

Senator Trish Crossin said the funding would be a welcome announcement for both students and staff at CDU.

“The Gillard Government funding will help to give students a modernised and more exciting place to study,” she said.

 “We are committed to removing the barriers for Australians who aspire to gain a university education.”

Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, said the Gillard Government’s investment will help thousands more students who have studied vocational or trade qualifications take the extra step to get a university degree if that is their goal.

“The learning environments for our students are being transformed and modernised as a result of the Government’s focus on skills and training,” Senator Evans said.

“We are determined to build a highly skilled workforce, ready to meet the challenges of a modern, diverse economy.

“A university education is a ticket to greater career choice and to high skilled and high paid jobs.”

The $20 million grant is subject to finalisation between Charles Darwin University and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations of an approved project plan.