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Charles Sturt University
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Emblem of Charles Sturt University
MottoFor the public good
Type Public
Established1989;30 years ago (1989)
Chancellor Dr. Michele Allan [1]
Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann [2]
Administrative staff
2,068 (Full Time Staff) [3]
Students46,546 (2017) [3]
CampusUrban and Rural
Nickname CSU
Affiliations Regional Universities Network
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Charles Sturt University (CSU) is an Australian multi-campus public university located in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Queensland. Established in 1989, it was named in honour of Captain Charles Sturt, a British explorer who made expeditions into regional New South Wales and South Australia.

A public university is a university that is publicly owned or receives significant public funds through a national or subnational government, as opposed to a private university. Whether a national university is considered public varies from one country to another, largely depending on the specific education landscape.

New South Wales State of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In December 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

Australian Capital Territory Federal territory of Australia, containing the capital city, Canberra

The Australian Capital Territory, formerly known as the Federal Capital Territory until 1938 and commonly referred to as the ACT, is a federal territory of Australia containing the Australian capital city of Canberra and some surrounding townships. It is located in the south-east of the country and is an enclave within the state of New South Wales. Founded after federation as the seat of government for the new nation, all important institutions of the Australian federal government are centred in the Territory.


The University has multiple main campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga. The University also has specialist campuses in Canberra, Goulburn, Manly and Parramatta. Courses are also delivered in conjunction with Study Group Australia at CSU Study Centres in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Wangaratta. [4] [5]

Bathurst, New South Wales City in New South Wales, Australia

Bathurst is a country town in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. It is about 200 kilometres (120 mi) west-northwest of Sydney and is the seat of the Bathurst Regional Council. Bathurst is the oldest inland settlement in Australia and had a population of 36,801 at June 2018.

Dubbo City in New South Wales, Australia

Dubbo is a city in the Orana Region of New South Wales, Australia. It is the largest population centre in the Orana region, with a population of 38,392 at June 2018.

Orange, New South Wales City in New South Wales, Australia

Orange is a city in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. It is 254 kilometres (158 mi) west of the state capital, Sydney [206 kilometres (128 mi) on a great circle], at an altitude of 862 metres (2,828 ft). Orange had an estimated urban population of 39,755 as of June 2016 making the city a significant regional centre. A significant nearby landmark is Mount Canobolas with a peak elevation of 1,395 metres (4,577 ft) AHD  and commanding views of the district.

Charles Sturt University offers various Distance Education programs at Bachelor and Post-Graduate level as well as the Single Subject Study program. CSU also has various course delivery partnerships with several TAFE institutions across the country. [6] [7] [8] [9]


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Charles Sturt University Coat of Arms

The history of Charles Sturt University dates back to 1895, with the establishment of the Bathurst Experiment Farm. Formed progressively through the merge of regional institutions in south-western and western NSW, Charles Sturt University was established on 1 July 1989 from the merger of several existing separately-administered Colleges of Advanced Education including the Mitchell College of Advanced Education in Bathurst, the Riverina-Murray Institute of Higher Education in Albury-Wodonga and the Riverina College of Advanced Education in Wagga Wagga, [10] through the enactment of The Charles Sturt University Act, 1989 (Act No. 76, 1989). [11] It is named in honour of explorer Charles Sturt. [12]

The College of Advanced Education (CAE) was a class of Australian tertiary education institution that existed from 1967 until the early 1990s. They ranked below universities, but above Colleges of Technical and Further Education (TAFE) which offer trade qualification. CAEs were designed to provide formal post-secondary qualifications of a more vocational nature than those available from universities, chiefly in such areas as teaching, nursing, accountancy, fine art and information technology.

Charles Sturt Australian explorer

Captain Charles Napier Sturt was a British explorer of Australia, and part of the European exploration of Australia. He led several expeditions into the interior of the continent, starting from both Sydney and later from Adelaide. His expeditions traced several of the westward-flowing rivers, establishing that they all merged into the Murray River. He was searching to prove his own passionately held belief that there was an "inland sea" at the centre of the continent.

The Mitchell College of Advanced Education had been formed on 1 January 1970, and the Riverina Murray Institute of Education campus in Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga had operated since 1984. [13] [14] The latter institution had earlier succeeded the Riverina College of Advanced Education, which was itself the result of an even earlier merger between Wagga Agricultural College and the Wagga Wagga Teachers College. [14]

In 1998, CSU established the first Study Centre in Sydney [15] and then in Melbourne [16] in 2007. These study centres are operated by a private education group called Study Group Australia. [17]

On 1 January 2005, CSU formalised moves to assume control of the University of Sydney's Orange campus, which came into force on 1 January 2005. [18] Between 2005 and 2015, CSU had expand an offshore campus in Burlington, Ontario in Canada. [19] [20] On July 2015, CSU "regretfully" ceased to operate its Ontario campus due to the legislative and regulatory environment in Ontario. [21]

On 14 February 2011 CSU changed its logo. The sturt desert pea flower ( Swainsona formosa ) is now stylised and made prominent, with the full name of the university as part of its logo. [22] [23]

On 1 May 2012, a milestone was reached as CSU opened a new campus in Port Macquarie, CSU's first coastal, regional campus. This made Higher Education accessible to the Port Macquarie and the Hastings region. It provides opportunities for students with the desire to study close to the beach, as well as options for local students to access the resources of a world-class university close to home. [24]

In 2013, the University implemented a gas engine cogeneration power plant to help minimise fuel costs and carbon emissions. [25]

On 18 April 2016 at the Port Macquarie Campus, staff and students moved into Stage One of their purpose built campus. Two more stages are expected to be complete over the coming years with an expected student intake of 5000 by the year 2030.

On 28 July 2016, CSU has been declared Australia's First Official Carbon Neutral University. [26]

On 9 May 2018, CSU and Western Sydney University announce as partners with the Australian Government’s network, to establish The Murray-Darling Medical School providing Joint Medical Programs (JMP) across the Murray-Darling Basin Region. [27] Teaching base to be established at CSU Orange campus to extend existing Western Sydney University program. [28]

In 2019, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency imposed five conditions on CSU's renewal of registration as an Australian university, [29] including concerns about the academic standards of CSU. One of the conditions, on academic integrity at CSU study centres, was lifted, and CSU was re-registered for a period of four years rather than seven. [30]

On 29 May 2019, CSU has announced it will join the Regional Universities Network (RUN), becoming the seventh member of the group. [31]


The University has multiple main campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga. The University also has specialist campuses in Canberra, Goulburn, Manly and Parramatta. Courses are also delivered in conjunction with Study Group Australia at CSU Study Centres in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Wangaratta. [4] [32]


Library branches operate at the Wagga Wagga, Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Port Macquarie campuses. [33] As of 2015, 69% of book purchases were ebooks. [34]

Faculties and Academic Departments

CSU has Three Main Faculties, each offering a range of courses and discipline opportunities. Each Faculty comprises a number of Schools and centres for specific areas of study and research: [35]

Faculty of Arts and Education

The Faculty of Arts and Education covers a broad range courses between the Arts and Education Disciplines.

The Arts Discipline cover subject segments of visual arts, performing arts, communications, history, human services, literature, philosophy, sociology, and theology. Schools & Centres include:

The Education side of the Faculty offers a range of courses in teacher education, and information and library studies. Schools include:

Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences

The Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences brings together a range of courses, focusing on real-world challenges in areas of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences disciplines.

The Business Discipline has garnered attention by employers for producing graduates excelling in today's business world challenges. Their distance education postgraduate PhD/DBA and Masters programs are eagerly sought-after, both nationally and internationally. The Business Schools and centres facilitated include:

The Justice side of the Faculty covers policing, security, law, customs, excise and border management. Schools and centres include:

Finally, the Behavioural Science discipline offers courses by the School of Psychology.

Faculty of Science

CSU's Faculty of Science is one of the most broadly based scientific academic concentrations in Australasia. Schools include:


Distance Education

Charles Sturt University offers a Distance Education program that allows students to choose courses at bachelor and post graduate level as well as the Single Subject Study program. [39] The Distance Education program is designed for students who may be unable to attend the university campus in person, using printed or electronic media to facilitate communication between teachers and students. The coursework is designed with the assumption that students are already working in the same field they are studying.

NSW HSC Online

NSW HSC Online, an abbreviation of New South Wales Higher School Certificate Online, is a collaborative partnership between the NSW Department of Education and Training and Charles Sturt University. [40] NSW HSC Online is supported by the Board of Studies NSW and the Professional Teachers Council NSW (PTC). [40]


On 28 July 2016, the Australian Government's Carbon Neutral Program have certified Charles Sturt University as Carbon Neutral. The institution was certified as Carbon Neutral by the National Carbon Offset Standard [41] – Carbon Neutral Program, administered by the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy. [26]

Student life

Students at CSU are represented by Charles Sturt University Student Senate – formerly the CSU Students' Association (CSUSA). [42] [43] The CSU Student Senate is the overarching student body of CSU and comprises the following affiliates: [44]

A Canberra Student Representative Committee known as St Mark's Canberra [45] was previously formed but disbanded as of 2016.


The Charles Sturt University Football Club at Bathurst was formed under the name of Bathurst Teachers College [46] in 1963, making it one of the oldest football clubs within Bathurst. The club changed its name multiple times to match the educational institute, gaining its current name when Mitchell College was rebranded to Charles Sturt University.


On its Bathurst campus, CSU operates a radio station, 2MCE, which also acts as the originating studio for National Radio News , a community radio news service. [47]

Sexual misconduct and safety

The survey conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2017 found that CSU had the third highest incidence of sexual assault and sexual harassment. [48] Over 800 CSU students responded to the survey with the report finding 18% experienced sexual harassment, and at twice the national average, 3.3% claimed sexual assault. Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann committed CSU to doubling efforts to address the issues and take on-board all the report's recommendations. [49]

Notable people


CSU is governed by a 16-member Council, whose members include the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor. [50] Dr. Michele Allan, a company director, food industry and agribusiness specialist, with an academic background in biomedical science, management and law, is the current and third Chancellor of the University since 3 December 2014; [1] and Professor Andrew Vann, a civil engineer, is the current and third Vice-Chancellor since 1 January 2011. [2]


Members of Charles Sturt University alumni include notable TV presenters Andrew Denton, Amanda Keller, Latika Bourke and Hamish Macdonald, [51] .

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