Education and
Community Precinct

Charles Darwin University has taken the first material steps towards realising the University’s CBD campus as part of the Darwin City Deal.

Investment in the CBD campus will:

  • Underpin CDU’s competitiveness as a university that’s attractive to international and domestic students
  • Facilitate greater engagement between the university, business, government and innovators
  • Strengthen our ability to meet the future needs of Territorians.

The Darwin City Deal is a joint initiative between the Australian Government, the Northern Territory Government (NTG) and City of Darwin to design a 10-year plan for the Darwin City Centre that sets a long-term and sustainable vision for the future.

This 10-year plan for Darwin’s future will position the City as a vibrant and liveable tropical capital city, supported by a growing population and diversified economy.

A new state-of-the-art campus in the City

The masterplanning process has established through targeted stakeholder engagement a shared vision for the CDU Education and Community Precinct.

World Class Student Experience

  • An enjoyable place where students feel at home
  • Attractive, inspiring shared spaces
  • Adaptable for collaborative teaching and learning
  • Enabling pathways to employment and enterprise


  • Thriving trees and plant life
  • Innovative tropical architecture demonstrating leadership
  • Cooling the city
  • Promoting bush tucker and urban agriculture

Welcoming and connected

  • Attractive and flexible meeting spaces for occupants and visitors
  • Catering for all abilities and cultural backgrounds
  • Permeable at ground level, connecting surrounding streets
  • Transparent spaces fostering a safe neighbourhood

Darwin Dreaming

  • Deeply rooted in Larrakia Country, celebrating diverse cultures
  • Enriching and sharing knowledge – representing early education
  • Revitalising the city’s traditional education and community precinct
  • A creative, outward-looking learning community

Iconic and vibrant

  • Landmark architecture revitalising Darwin’s civic heart
  • Showcasing leading research and innovation
  • Diverse cultural, business and educational activity day and night
  • Community involvement in creative and cultural events

Current planning for the site is based on the following functions re-locating to the new campus

Note: this list may be subject to change through ongoing planning processes.

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