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Alice Springs

Arrernte Country

Gateway to the Red Centre

Alice Springs (Mparntwe) is nestled in the heart of the Red Centre, a region known for its rugged landscapes and cultural richness. Surrounded by red earth and mountain ranges, Alice Springs is the perfect base to experience the vast Central Australian desert.  

Message from the Associate Vice-Chancellor

Jodie Summers, Associate Vice-Chancellor, Central Australia

CDU Alice Springs strives to enhance Central Australia and the Barkly region's economic growth and liveability. We have dedicated additional resources and leadership in the region, allowing us to introduce new courses in vocational and degree education that align with local needs. Through partnerships, collaboration and industry engagement, CDU Alice Springs can effectively support local workforce needs through education, training and research to drive change.

Through genuine partnerships with local First Nation organisations and communities CDU Alice Springs endeavours to be a leader in First Nations education and engagement.

The CDU Alice Springs team understands the intricacies of studying, living, and working in Central Australia and are committed to our students learning experience and empowering the next generation of local leaders and change makers.

Jodie Summers, Associate Vice-Chancellor, Central Australia

About CDU Alice Springs

We believe in the power of diverse educational opportunities. As a leading dual-sector educational hub in Central Australia, CDU Alice Springs offers various programs including degree education and vocational studies. The campus features modern facilities, including an 85-seat lecture theatre, specialist IT classrooms, clinical training laboratory for nursing, simulation spaces for paramedicine and a science laboratory. 

Beyond the campus walls, CDU Alice Springs also plays a crucial role as a training hub for remote communities in the Northern Territory. CDU’s TAFE training facilities, including the state-of-the-art Trades Skills Centre, offer vocational studies in various industries, encouraging students to undertake trade skills and apprenticeships locally.

Alice Springs campus (aerial view)
CDU TAFE trades student

To encourage young people to explore futures in industry, CDU delivers vocational education and training to all high schools in Alice Springs and a number of secondary schools in surrounding remote communities. This program inspires students to learn new skills in a hands-on environment. 

Find out more about TAFE courses on offer. 

Shaping the future workforce of Central Australia

“I have lifelong skills that I can apply to my future career, study and personal life…I feel as though I can apply what I learned to many industries, and it is definitely a qualification worth having.”

Lachlan Symons, VET in Schools student

Alice Springs Children's University students

Charles Darwin Children’s University

Beyond the traditional classroom setting, this program engages young people in out-of-school learning by nurturing their passions and interests.

Launched in Alice Springs in 2022, the Children’s University inspires curiosity, creativity and a thirst for knowledge among its students. This not only enhances their potential for academic success, but also empowers them to become lifelong independent learners.

The Akaltye Centre

CDU Alice Springs stands proudly as a leader in First Nations education. The Akaltye Centre offers our First Nations students a culturally enriched and culturally safe learning environment at CDU.

The centre is supported by our First Nations Student Services team, who provide multi-layered support to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to achieve their educational goals.

Akaltye Centre staff

“They encouraged me to explore my abilities, critique my own work, and enabled me to understand what I had to do to get to where I am now - with the support of Aunty Lorraine and Aunty Sharon. Thank you for helping me reach my full potential.”

Donna Lemon, Diploma graduate


CDU Alice Springs is a base for diverse research opportunities, with a focus on driving powerful advancements in crucial fields and making a tangible impact. 

Research areas include: 

  • First Nations development and community resilience

  • natural resource and conservation management

  • intergovernmental relations, local government and policy management

  • workforce development in regional and marginalised areas

  • policy implementation in regional areas

  • regional development and growth in remote areas

  • 基于移动终端技术的学习

  • learning identity

  • First Nations enterprise development in remote areas

  • regional development and governance in Northern Australia and neighbouring regions

  • marginalised learners and access to knowledge systems

  • community engagement.  

Desert Ecology students investigate arid zone flora and fauna
    A group of international students went on a tour to Alice Springs in May to discover employment opportunities in Central Australia.

    International students

    CDU Alice Springs welcomes international students who are eager to learn and explore the wonders of Central Australia. We offer a range of courses for international students in the fields of hospitality, tourism and cookery.

    Our courses are a platform for students to explore these industries and gain hands-on experience. Whether it's honing culinary expertise, mastering the art of hospitality management, or delving into the dynamic world of tourism, you will be equipped with the necessary skills to excel in your chosen career path. 

    Find out more about studying at CDU Alice Springs


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    Desert Lantern Restaurant

    CDU Alice Springs is home to the multi-Brolga Award-winning Desert Lantern Restaurant. Designed to give hospitality and cookery students real-world experience in their industry, students can train, learn and offer the community a high-quality food experience while completing their certificate.

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    Alice Springs hair and beauty salon

    Hair and beauty salons

    The hair and beauty salons at CDU Alice Springs give students the chance to learn the latest skills and techniques from industry professionals. With hands-on training, students gain valuable experience while offering a range of professional treatments to the public.

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    • Alice Springs Campus 2020

      Our services

      CDU Alice Springs has resources to support students at every stage of their learning journey.

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    • Alice Springs accommodation

      Alice Springs accommodation

      The Alice Springs Student Accommodation (ASSA) provides accommodation for CDU students, students from other universities undertaking placement, CDU staff, visiting guests, and groups.

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      Living in Alice Springs

      Find out what to expect when living in Alice Springs, including climate, things to do and popular attractions.

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    Contact us


    T: 08 8959 5311
    Freecall: 1800 654 865

    Student Central opening hours
    Monday to Thursday: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm
    Friday: 8.00 am – 3.00 pm

    Street address:
    Charles Darwin University
    Grevillea Drive
    Alice Springs NT 0870

    Postal address:
    Charles Darwin University
    PO Box 795
    Alice Springs NT 0871


    T: 08 8959 5233

    Semester opening hours
    Monday to Thursday: 8.00 am – 7.00 pm
    Friday: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm
    Saturday: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

    First Nations student services

    Lorraine St Clair
    T: 08 8959 5411

    Sharon Donnellan
    T: 08 8959 5390


    Alice Springs is located in Arrernte Country, approximately 1500 km south of Darwin in the heart of Central Australia.

    Supporting the Central Australia region

    Alice Springs landscape

    CDU Alice Springs plays a strong role in the wider Central Australia region through a broad range of initiatives.

    With a commitment to fostering partnerships, CDU collaborates with various local organisations and businesses, including Desert Knowledge Australia, Tourism Central Australia and the Chamber of Commerce, to support social and economic growth. These collaborations aim to amplify our impact and leverage innovation and collective knowledge for the benefit of the region.

    CDU's presence in Alice Springs also extends beyond its physical campus through remote delivery, ensuring that education and workforce development opportunities reach even the most remote corners of the Northern Territory.

    Where to find us 


    10 Grevillea Drive
    Alice Springs
    NT 0871

    Contact us

    1800 654 865 (Freecall)

    08 8959 5311

    Find your way around the campus

    The campus is founded on a strong research culture in areas of Indigenous engagement, health and economics and the environment. The campus services regional communities from northern South Australia through to the Barkly Tablelands. 

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    Alice Springs campus (aerial view)

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    Acknowledgement of Country

    Recognition of Australian First Nations' traditional owners and cultures 

    We pay our deepest respects to past, present and future Arrernte Custodians and Elders on whose land we live and work, and extend that respect to all Custodians and Elders across Central Australia and to the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural, spiritual, and educational practices.

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