Sustainability Reporting

CQUniversity produces reports that outline our commitment to sustainability. Explore the information available below including our Sustainability Report, Annual Report, Strategic Plan.

Key Documents

Sustainability Report 2021

2020 Annual Report

Sustainability Framework

Strategic Plan 2019 - 2023

CQU Sustainability Policy

It is evident in these documents, CQUniversity’s commitment to sustainability and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The following information highlights the key activities as outlined in the 2020 reports that align with each of the Sustainable Development Goals. CQUniversity’s culture of sustainability is underpinned through the commitment to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which informs the sustainable impact agenda for a better global future.

In 2020, aligning with SDG 01: No Poverty, CQUniversity provided urgent financial relief to 468 domestic students identified as being from lower socioeconomic backgrounds in April 2020 (Page 11, 2020 Annual Report).

CQUniversity through appointed social innovation ambassadors called “Change Champs” has partnered with Nepal-based social enterprise, Seven Women, for project collaboration and global study experiences. Seven Women has helped thousands of disadvantaged and disabled women through education, training, health and income generation programs (Page 43, 2020 Annual Report).

The Seven Women range is available through the Bookshop thanks to a collaboration with the Office of Social Innovation, and every purchase supports women in Nepal through education, training, health and income-generation programs.

The immediate impact of the Covid-19 outbreak left many international students in a vulnerable position due to limited access to family support and resources. In line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 02: Zero Hunger, Free Foodbank services were established on campuses to support international students who were financially impacted by the pandemic. This initiative was delivered in partnership with food rescue charity, Second Bite.

Also in 2020, CQUniversity Melbourne campus published a cookbook of staff and student recipes to raise funds for SecondBite to continue the much-needed services that the organisation provides.

Read more on P. 11, 2020 Annual Report.

Aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 03: Good Health and Wellbeing, the year 2020 will forever be remembered as a year that the world changed and this encouraged a heightened focus on the importance of Good Health and Well-Being for students, staff and communities.

The following initiatives are outlined in the 2020 Annual Report providing insight into CQUniversity’s commitment to Good Health and Wellbeing for students, staff and communities.

  • As well as abiding by the necessary rules and regulations to keep a Covid-19 Safe Environment, CQUniversity also provided extra services for the community to help combat the spread of Covid-19 and provide safe initiatives encouraging good health and well-being where possible.
  • CQUniversity health clinics pivoted to deliver telehealth services and clinical placement experiences.
  • CQUniversity’s 10,000 Steps program and Health and Wellbeing Queensland joined forces to encourage Queenslanders to take on ‘The Billion Steps Challenge’ to boost physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The following initiatives are outlined in the 2021 Sustainability Report:
  • CQUniversity developed a community garden to provide opportunities for staff, students and community members to take time for mindfulness and non-work/study activities.
  • Read more on P. 11, 2020 Annual Report.

As a leader in higher education, our approach to teaching and education aligns with the themes of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4: Quality Education. 2020 presented unique and challenging circumstances for our students as they navigated the impacts of a worldwide pandemic.

The 2020 Annual Report outlines some of the important aspects and changes made to ensure quality education was provided to students despite the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pivoting Education Delivery In Response To COVID-19

As a direct result of the challenges and health directives associated with COVID-19, CQUniversity quickly and successfully transitioned face-to-face teaching to online delivery for all course offerings including our Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and Start TAFE Now programs.

As industry leaders in online education, the University was well-placed to provide an excellent online service to students during this time and was able to implement the Academic Business Continuity Plan, which provided the framework to guide all related planning and decision making to ensure the integrity of academic learning; fairness to students; and maintenance of quality course delivery and learner engagement.

A range of support mechanisms was implemented or extended for students during this period, including payment plans; international support case management and welfare checks; learning support through the Academic Learning Centre; Library Online and Studiosity; student support services including wellbeing, accessibility and advocacy; CQUniCares emergency grants; and the establishment of a “Not So Distant Hub” on the Student Portal to facilitate Mentor Coffee Catchups, wellbeing workshops, resource sharing and academic support. The actions helped to reduce the disruptive impact of the pandemic on students.

Embedding  Social Innovation Into The Curriculum

CQUniversity’s commitment to social innovation education means that its graduates have the capabilities and mindset to positively shape their world. It also means that they are equipped with ‘future of work' skills, such as creativity, innovation and collaborative leadership.

More than 35 per cent of courses have social innovation components and initiatives embedded into the curriculum. CQUniversity has continuously expanded the activities and opportunities available, to develop this social innovation mindset. For example, many courses include iChange as an introduction to social innovation during the first year of study (such as the Bachelor of Psychology and the Bachelor of Criminology).

Students across many courses also have opportunities to think about entrenched social issues, explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and learn how to creatively and effectively problem-solve with their peers. The Office of Social Innovation (OSI) supported the development of extra-curricular activities such as the Festival of Change (FoC), a virtual event held over three days, to engage staff and students in social innovation-related activities.

Other Social Innovation work undertaken in 2020 included:

  • a dedicated page of Social Innovation resources on the University’s StaffNet site
  • a human-centred Design session at the Student Leadership Conference
  • a Social Innovation Education Community of Practice
  • changemaker campus collaborations with staff from Ashoka U Change Campuses in Singapore and South Korea
  • the iActivate short course launched through the Centre for Professional Development.

Innovative Higher Education

Within our 2020 Annual Report (Page 27), you will find more information about how our approach to streamlining work-integrated learning provides a supportive, quality experience for our students and increases their job readiness on graduation. And how some of our academic schools, such as the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences, commenced projects that blended work-integrated learning with social innovation.

We also introduced a number of new courses, and exit awards are now an integral part of our new coursework degrees.

Transformative Learning

In 2019 CQUniversity committed to refreshing its course offerings and providing the support required to innovate its learning and teaching practices, as part of a broader university transformation to enhance and expand the entire student experience.  A major element of this transformation is the development of an engaging student-centred curriculum that delivers seamless education from school to doctoral studies, characterised by the embedding of authentic work-based learning and addressing the evolving needs of workforces of the future. Our comprehensive course content equips students with the skills and knowledge to help them succeed in a world of emerging technologies allowing for transformative learning to take place. The redesign will ensure students will have the same experience for students studying on campus or online. To implement the changes, a review of all undergraduate courses was undertaken in 2019.

  • As a result, our students experience a more consistent web experience as we enhanced our online learning technologies resulting in faster and more responsive student platforms.  Some additional activities include:
  • A focus on improved analytics to support student participation and completion through the implementation of the CQUni Success and Student Activity Monitoring initiatives bring together knowledge and expertise from across the University to support students in their personal academic journey through to completion.  The CQUni Success provides academic and student advice staff with key demographic, academic and unit engagement data about students for the current term.  Armed with this information, users can facilitate personalised success strategies for students at scale.
  • Student Activity Monitoring (SAM) is designed specifically for academics with an active teaching role to provide a view of higher education student engagement with resources and content in the student online dashboard, Moodle. This allows users to quickly identify specific groups of students within Moodle to engage with and target with specific interventions to support learner progress. Read more on Page 27, 2020 Annual Report.
  • The latest Sustainability Report notes the establishment of the College of Science and Sustainability. The College of Science and Sustainability will focus on Environmental Science, Sustainability and Agriculture.

Other Educational Program Examples Outlined In The 2020 Annual Report:

  • CQUniversity and Impact Boom partnered to deliver the iActivate program to guide aspiring and early-career social entrepreneurs from idea to impact.
  • The Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (CMERC) officially opened in 2020 to provide research and learning opportunities for students.
  • The Hinkler AgTech Initiative and AgTech hub were launched in the Bundaberg region to provide a collaboration space for AgTech initiatives in the region.

Aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 05: Gender Equality, CQUniversity is committed to ensuring the workplace provides equal opportunities for all employees.

This approach has been recognized through the Universities Australia Gender Equity Report which is outlined in CQUniversity’s 2020 Annual Report - Page 04. This report measures the percentage of women in professional and academic roles at Australian Universities.  CQUniversitys’ outstanding results were recognized through the Annual Gender Equity Report that measures the percentage of women in professional and academic roles at Australian universities. Data from the Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment report revealed that 72.5 per cent of professional roles and 55.1 per cent of academic roles at CQUniversity were filled by women. Both figures are significantly higher than the Australian sector average of 66.4 per cent for professional staff and 47.7 per cent for academic staff.

CQUniversity also provides opportunities that encourage female students to build skills through training events and initiatives. Examples of these opportunities are:

WinTech (Women in Technology) STEM club is committed to improving gender disparity in Science Technology, Engineering and Maths + Computing (STEM+C) education, and in doing so STEM+C workshops are hosted every year for young and mature women across the community. These workshops are conducted in response to bringing change in STEM education, making female students more interested and more confident in taking up STEM+C subjects as their career.

In partnership with the Council of International Students Australia, this event encourages female participation in STEM careers with the aim of equipping future females with knowledge and inspiration to bridge the gap between local and international communities as we work towards a fairer world. CQUniversity also provided mentors to students as part of this conference event which was held entirely online due to COVID-19.

Aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 06: Clean Water and Sanitation, CQUniversity Sustainability Projects Report card for SDG 6 (page 24, Sustainability Report) outlines the Universities progress on key projects.

CQUniversity installed two hydro panels to demonstrate how the new renewable energy technology can be harnessed to produce clean, great tasting water and provide drinking water independence in remote and regional areas.

CQUniversity Researcher, Dr. Adam Rose, specializes in the impacts of floods on the ecological health risks to human health and water infrastructure and has recently published a paper outlining the health affects of drinking water with manganese present for pregnant mothers and infant children.

Aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, CQUniversity Sustainability Projects Report card for SDG 7 (page 25, Sustainability Report) outlines the Universities progress on key projects related to this SDG.

In 2020, CQUniversity has completed or started work on a number of projects relating to the Affordable and Clean Energy Goal. These projects include:

  • Review of the HVAC systems for energy improvements, new control technology, new equipment and replacement of cooling towers to reduce health risk and water waste. This review is happening continuously and this improvise the reliability, efficiency and increases a number of sustainable benefits.
  • Upgrade of LED to 24/7 operating areas on campuses including the Library, Labs and Security Offices.
  • Conducting continuous energy metering data and minor improvements. This data collection enables the ability to monitor energy use and trends in order to identify faults and opportunities to improve.

CQUniversity has recently committed to a Solar Energy Deal that will see 50% of its energy for the Queensland campuses sourced from renewable solar, committing to a pathway for a reduction of about 9,000 tonnes of CO2-e offset annually. Read more p.14, Sustainability Report.

CQUniversity has established a Clean Energy Academy to build on its research strengths in renewable and eco-friendly sources of energy, power generation, smart grids and distributed intelligent systems and environmental and applied economics issues.

CQUniversity has partnered with Planet Ark Power and Griffith University on research into micro-grids which will allow future consumers to reduce their dependence on the follis-fuel powered grid and in the process reduce green-house gas emissions and cut energy costs.

Aligned to the themes of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, CQUniversity's People and Culture Directorate implemented ongoing programs and new initiatives to move CQUniversity forward in the areas of workplace health and safety, employee and industrial relations, Indigenous employment, equity, salaries, superannuation, systems, and professional development. Increasing CQUniversity’s capacity and ability to meet its current and future needs is the Directorate’s primary focus.

Detailed on Page 19, Sustainability Report, the People and Culture Team proactively promote and participate in the wellness activities provided not only to staff and students but to the wider CQUni community. This includes nutrition seminars, skin checks, cancer prevention/detection services.

Investment in infrastructure is important to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities. This work is key for aligning with the Sustainable Development Goal 09: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

Outlined in the 2020 Annual Report, CQUniversity invested $14.2 million into facilities and infrastructure.

$1.5 Million has been invested into the Emergency Response and Innovation Centre. This center based in Townsville features immersive simulation technology that provides compelling visual and aural effects that blur the lines between real and simulated situations. This Centre will work with the emergency management sector and communities to create a more resilient Queensland through the development of innovative solutions and capacity building.

Identified in the 2020 Annual Report, innovative companies have been created, either university controlled entities or non-controlled entities, these entities include:

Mask-Ed International Pty Ltd

MASK-ED™ (KRS simulation) is a high fidelity simulation technique which is informed by a teach process and involves realistic body silicone props work by an educator to create a new identity for simulation teaching.

DataMuster Pty Ltd

CQUniversity’s Precision Livestock Management system, DataMuster is a fast, simple and accurate tool for automatically monitoring and managing the performance of your herd, right down to the individual animal.

Hortical Pty Ltd

HortiCal was initiated as a joint venture between CQUniversity and Colour Vision Systems (CVS) to commercialise their interests in non-invasive fruit-sorting technology.

At CQUniversity, we believe that education is for all and we actively promote opportunity and inclusiveness for students through our courses, support services and innovations.

Aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SGD) 10: Reduced Inequalities, our innovative Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2016-2018 was developed to influence the way the University performs its business to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economic, health and social opportunities.  With the expiration of the Innovate RAP in 2018, 2019 saw the development of an Indigenous Leadership and Engagement Strategy (ILES), a socially innovative, whole-of-university approach to education, training and research, focused on Indigenous Australians.

Read more about the Reconciliation Action Plan and the ILES on page 35 of our 2020 Annual Report.

CQUniversity’s commitment to reduce inequalities for students and communities can be shown through the following partnerships and initiatives which are reported on in the 2020 Annual Report.

The Academy will assist the University to increase Indigenous participation in research and, more importantly, assist candidates to achieve strong levels of cultural, pastoral and academic support that is critical for success. Read more on Page 30, 2020 Annual Report.

The Whanu Binal Indigenous Entrepreneur Program is delivered in partnership with Arrow Energy, this program delivers a refreshed and highly innovative program, utilising digital platforms and collaboration tools – this means the program has proceeded uninterrupted during the Covid-19 era providing Indigenous Entrepreneurs Programs.

CQU actively expanded our presence by partnering with and supporting new study hubs in under-serviced Australian Communities. Partners in this project include Taree Universities Campus, Country University Centre and Uni Hub Upper Spencer Gulf, Yoonthalla Services and Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council. Read more on page 37, 2020 Annual Report.

Within the Mackay region, CQUniversity partnered with Kutta Mulla Gorrina Inc to formally establish the Independent Non-State Special Assistance School for disadvantaged young people including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. Read more on page 37, 2020 Annual Report

Aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development (SDG) 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, our focus on social innovation continued throughout 2020.  CQUniversity embodies a purposeful commitment to the sustainability of its communities socially, environmentally and economically by producing new knowledge and global leaders who deliver innovative, solutions-focused outcomes and drive change to address real-world challenges.

CQUniversity is passionate about supporting industries and communities in regional and remote areas of Australia.

Programs and initiatives facilitated by CQUniversity aligning with SDG 11, include:

  • Woorabinda Art Exhibition-  Outlined on Page 37, 2020 Annual Report, The Woorabinda Art Exhibition at CQUniversity Emerald was held in February 2020 and showcased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in collaboration with Central Queensland Regional Art Services (CQ RASN). The exhibition continued until November 2020.

  • Regional Medical Pathway  The Regional Medical Pathway was launched with The University of Queensland, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CQHHS) and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS). The RMP will help to address the critical issue of ensuring regional health workforces are equipped to meet future needs.

Social Innovation at CQUniversity

In 2020, CQUniversity continued to lead in the area of social innovation by delivering programs and activities to engage students, communities and industry in change-making activity. Further described on Page 43, 2020 Annual Report, the Initiatives included:

  • Student participation in the Big Idea social enterprise design competition (in which a CQUniversity postgraduate team won for their social enterprise idea)
  • The development of the self-paced and ultra-flexible iActivate course that guides aspiring and early-career social entrepreneurs from idea to impact, the delivery of the annual Festival of Change (delivered entirely online this year)
  • the national workshop series Social Innovation through an Indigenous Lens.

This continued focus on driving and inspiring change has also led CQUniversity to be reaccredited as Australia’s only Ashoka U Changemaker Campus. Ashoka U, an exclusive international network of universities committed to social innovation, enterprise and impact, has recognised only 45 members worldwide. Read more on Page 41, 2020 Annual Report.

Change Champs and Social Innovation Commitment

Through appointed social innovation ambassadors called “Change Champs”, the University’s Office of Social Innovation has shown a commitment to engaging with communities to address entrenched social issues.

The University partnered with a wide range of organisations, businesses and individuals across the CQUniversity footprint to deliver socially innovative activities, programs and partnerships including:

In line with the SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, CQUniversity’s commitment to reduce consumption is reported in both the 2020 Annual Report and the 2021 Sustainability Report.

Within our Sustainability Report, you can read about our Waste, Energy, and Water consumption and production hard and soft targets. You can also see how we have contributed and focused on these areas to make improvements and move towards making and establishing more responsible and sustainable practices across the University. This aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

The following examples demonstrate CQUniversity’s commitment to reduce waste on campus and in communities (additional examples can be found in the 2021 Sustainability Report p.11):

  • CQUniversity delivered a whole-of-university sustainability awareness campaign, Ditch the Disposables, across its national footprint. The Ditch the Disposables campaign aimed to reduce the number of single-use plastics used by staff and students (p. 34 – 2021 Sustainability Report)
  • CQUniversity has ‘stepped up’ its commitment to a cleaner, healthier tomorrow by becoming the first university to join Clean Up Australia as a Platinum Business Supporter and we will be continuing our support to the organisation. (p. 12 – 2021 Sustainability Report)
  • Rockhampton Regional Council adopted a new waste strategy 2020‐2030, to become a “zero‐waste” community by 2050, diverting 90% of waste from landfill. DFM Sustainability team worked closely with the Rockhampton Regional Waste and Recycling team to bring new waste management and commercial composting technologies to the region, aligned with their long term plan to achieve zero waste by 2050 (p. 20 – 2021 Sustainability Report).

Aligning with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action, CQUniversity has demonstrated commitment to reducing energy use across our campuses. More information on CQUniversity’s commitment to Climate Action can be found in the 2021 Sustainability Report (Page 13).

CQUniversity is reducing its energy footprint in the following ways:

  • In 2020 CQUniversity entered into a long term energy contract for most of our campuses in Qld. The contract provides CQU with energy with 50% of renewable energy sources.
  • Department of Facilities Managements’ (DFM) Sustainability Team undertook a Hydro Panel demonstration project as a part of showcasing new sustainability technology and innovation in the drinking water supply and consumption area. It demonstrates how renewable energy can be harnessed to produce clean, great‐tasting water and provide drinking water independence in remote and regional areas.
  • DFM Projects and Sustainability team has undertaken a Water Monitoring and Measuring Project for the CQUniversity Rockhampton North campus. The project aims to install IoT (Internet of Things) enabled water meters at the key areas to measure and monitor water usage. This project uses innovative technology and is trialled for the first time in CQUniversity.

More information on projects and initiatives undertaken in 2020 by CQUniversity can be found in the 2021 Sustainability Report

CQUniversity’s commitment to SDG 14: Life Below Water is demonstrated through the number of projects and initiatives developed to encourage protecting and enhancing aquatic ecosystems. Examples of these initiatives are provided below and are explained in the 2020 Annual Report and the 2021 Sustainability Report.

Coastal Marine Ecosystem Research Centre (CMERC) 

CQUniversity Australia’s Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (CMERC) has been established to work with coastal industries and communities to develop practical and sustainable solutions for our unique coast and marine environments. The CMERC is working closely with Gladstone Ports Corporations, Indigenous and school groups to undertake cutting edge research.

Project Pioneer Trials for Land Management Practises

Pilot trials were conducted as a part of a collaboration between the Project Pioneer Team and CQUni Researchers to improve land management practices to deliver cleaner runoff water to the reef. CQUniversity researchers compared water run‐off from properties managed under regenerative grazing principles with those of neighbouring properties that are not yet subject to regenerative land management.

Smart Irrigation Project For Cairns Parks

Under the Cairns Regional Council’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, the University is working on smarter irrigation for Cairns parks which aims to save water and protect the reef.

Island Classroom

CQUniversity Environmental Science and Horticulture students will gain invaluable experience in an 'island classroom' environment at the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, thanks to a unique partnership between the University and Great Keppel Island Hideaway.

Our Sustainability Report outlines a number of targets relating to the themes of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15: Life on Land. In particular, our Biodiversity targets relate to increasing green land area with the expansion of native plant species and reporting against a land development plan, and our Estate and Building Environment targets relating to best industry practices to achieve 5 green star building standards and increase renewable energy sources across our estate.

Examples of programs and initiatives relating to the Life on Land SDG are below and explained further in the 2021 Sustainability Report.

  • The College of Science and Sustainability was established in 2020 with the adoption of the College model. The College of Science and Sustainability will have a focus on Environmental Science, Sustainability and Agriculture. Read more on page 8, Sustainability Report.
  • CQUniversity Conservation and Land Management students worked with a Central Queensland landowner and the Fitzroy Basin Association to build dams of hay and stone to help prevent soil loss in gullies. Read more on page 21, Sustainability Report.

Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, CQUniversity outlines in the 2020 Annual Report (Page 16) the university’s governance including the CQUniversity Council and its membership. The council consists of 16 participatory bodies from different areas in the university including elected student members, elected non faculty staff and elected faculty staff, as well as external community representation from schools, businesses, government and community representatives.

Council members are duty-bound to act honestly and with integrity; exercise due care, skill and diligence in their duties; make appropriately informed decisions; and to act always in CQUniversity’s interests. The Council Charter governs Council operations and requires members to comply with CQUniversity’s employee Code of Conduct.

CQUniversity committee structure includes twelve committees that sit under the Council, this are listed on page 18 of the 2021 Annual Report along with the key achievements of these committees for 2020.

Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals, CQUniversity’s work towards partnering with other universities, community organisations and government bodies to provide meaningful work to develop best practice on working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Outlined in the 2020 Annual Report and the 2021 Sustainability Report are the different collaborations and programs that CQUniversity is actively facilitating or participating in to support tackling the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Examples of the partnerships and linkages in place to address the Sustainable Development Goals are listed below, further information on more partnerships can be found in the 2020 Annual Report or the most recent Sustainability Report.

Ashoka U

CQUniversity being recognised as Australia’s first and only Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, an exclusive global social innovation group of only 45 education institutions across the world (Page 41, 2020 Annual Report)

Great Keppel Island Hideaway

Partnering with Great Keppel Island Hideaway, the “island classroom” agreement will see students and researchers work on real-world projects that contribute to the environmental sustainability of a busy tourist drawcard on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef (Page 06, 2020 Annual Report).

Columboola Solar Farm

The solar farm will supply clean and affordable energy to most of CQUniversity’s Queensland locations and will allow it to operate more sustainably. This partnership will see 50 per cent of the energy on CQU’s Queensland Campuses come from renewable sources (Page 06, 2020 Annual Report).

Bakrie University

CQUniversity opened its first Australian university centre in Indonesia, in partnership with Bakrie University in Jakarta (Page 39, 2020 Annual Report).

Woorabinda Regional Council and Yoonthalla Services

CQUniversity signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding with Woorabinda Regional Council and Yoonthalla Services to partner on a range of initiatives to create more sustainable communities through partnership (Page 37, 2020 Annual Report).

Australian College of Kuwait

Researchers from CQUniversity and the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) collaborated on six research projects in the engineering discipline, and three research grants funded by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) (Page 33, 2020 Annual Report).


CQUniversity partnered with Yurika to undertake the Regional and Remote Microgrid feasiblity study.  The study was funded by the Australian Government under the Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Funds.  The study will continue into 2021 (Page 10, Sustainability Report).

Cairns Regional Council

Under the Cairns Regional Council’s Smart Cities and Suburbs program, the University is working on smarter irrigation for Cairns parks which aims to save water and protect the reef (Page 09, Sustainability Report).

Central Highlands Community Services

CQUniversitys' Office of Social Innovation and Central Highlands Community Services (CHCS) unveiled the Central Highlands Social Enterprise Project at CQUni’ s Emerald Campus‐ Strengthening social enterprise to boost the Central Highlands community.  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, through its program Tackling Tough Times Together, is funding the Central Highlands Social Enterprise Project (Page 20, Sustainability Report).

Rockhampton Regional Council

Rockhampton Regional Council adopted a new waste strategy 2020‐2030, to become a “zero waste” community by 2050, diverting 90% of waste from landfill.  CQUniversity worked closely with the Rockhampton Regional Waste and Recycling team to bring new waste management and commercial composting technologies to the region, aligned with their long term plan to achieve zero waste by 2050 (Page 20, Sustainability Report).

Further examples of partnering for goals with both local, national and international stakeholders can be found in the 2020 Annual Report.

External Reports

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency Public Report 2020 provides a summary of CQUniversity's gender composition of the workforce, gender composition of governing bodies and other gender equality matters that align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5: Gender Equality.