Sustainability Reporting

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

2019 Annual Report

CQUniversity's Annual Report describes the University's performance and achievements and management of resources, against the goals and objectives set out in our Strategic Plan.

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.


Within our 2019 Annual Report, 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.


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 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.

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. In 2019, the VOICE Survey again demonstrated very high employee engagement and satisfaction levels, with 83 per cent of respondents indicating strong agreement or agreement.  Gains since the last survey (2018) were seen in the areas of belief in the overall purpose of CQUniversity and in the values.  For more information please refer to the 2019 Annual Report.  A mojor initiative of the PAC directorate in 2019, was the University's Value Proposition - "My job changes lives".  This campaign highlighted the benefits of working at CQUniversity and involved staff from across all CQUniversity locations.  Not only did the cmapign showcase  the University's commitment to its current staff, but provided a platform for recruiting and attracting new employees to the University.

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.  A new RAP will be developed in 2020 to complement the ILES in shaping the University's approach to reconciliation going forward.

Read more about the Reconciliation Action Plan and the ILES on page 35 of our 2019 Annual Report.

In 2019 CQUniversity continued to deliver its celebrated  CQUni Connect project, which in 2019 delivered aspiration raising activities to 9275 students across 90 primary and secondary schools throughout Central Queensland, Wide Bay Burnett and Far North Queensland.  CQUni Connect builds awareness and interest in post-secondary education and training at schools whose student populations are traditionally underrepresented in the tertiary sector.

BROLGA Program

In 2019 CQUniversity once again hosted its Believe, Respect, Openness, Learn, Grow, Achieve (BROLGA) Indigenous program for the ninth consecutive year.  In 2019 the program was host to 172 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary and secondary school children on the Rockhampton North campus for a week in the September school holidays, to participate in cultural environmental, sporting and academic activities facilitated by University and community mentors.

CQUniversity was once again proud to host and sponsor the 15th Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research Prevention Forum 2019 to celebrate the work done by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in preventing and responding to domestic and family violence.

Aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development (SDG) 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, our focus on social innovation continued throughout 2019.  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.  This culture of sustainability is underpinned by the University's commitment to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which inform the University's sustainable global impact agenda for the creation of a better tomorrow.

In 2019, 18 percent of undergraduate courses have social innovation components and initiatives embedded in the curriculum, and this is continuously increasing.CQUniversity’s iChange social innovation MOOC continued to attract employees and students to participate in the ground-breaking program in 2019.  Bachelor of Business students could select a Social Innovation Major or Minor or selected units.  Additional social innovation activities include:

  • Social Work students undertook outreach learning at Sevgen's Deadly Cafe, an Indigenous-led community organisation on the Sunshine Coast (Kabi Kabi country).  Students could see the tangible outcomes of grassroots innovation and enterprise and were encouraged to see that new ways of caring for individuals' families' and communities' wellbeing were possible.
  • Students at the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences had the option to enrol in a unit called Community Engaged Learning, which required a minimum of 25 hours volunteering with a community agency.  The aim was to promote a deeper understanding of the community as well as clarifying students' roles within the communities as professionals.  For more information and further details, read pages 27 and 28 of the 2019 Annual Report.

Annual Report

2018/19 Sustainability Report

CQUniversity's Sustainability Report describes the University's efforts in developing and meeting our commitments to improving the environmental, social and indirect economic impacts of our future activities.

In 2019 CQUniversity implemented a Sustainability Policy outlining the requirements of the executive, managers, employees and students in meeting the environmental sustainability objectives of the University.

CQUniversity has a responsibility to educate its employees and students to preserve the quality of life for present and future generations; support the communities we operate within and manage our business as a global community member.  Using the University's power of place and engagement strategies the University will seek to identify opportunities to embed environmentally sustainable practice through engaged education and training, research and innovation, service, and general business.

CQUniversity's Strategic Plan is a roadmap to the future of the University, providing direction, motivation and purpose to support the vision of becoming Australia's most accessible, supportive and engaged university.  CQUniversity's culture of sustainability is underpinned by a commitment to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which informs the sustainable impact agenda for the creation of a better global future.

Aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, CQUniversity's commitment is outlined in the University Vision, Purpose and Values (page 19 of the 2019 Annual Report).  This commitment was demonstrated in 2019 through the following activities:

  • In 2019 CQUniversity launched the Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (CMERC).  CMERC has united marine and coastal research staff across CQUniversity schools and campuses developed new partnerships with research, community and industry organisations with new research grants and funding secured. The Centre focuses on applied research to support sustainable coastal communities and the ecosystems they depend upon.
  • Community-based engagement was further developed in 2019 by ongoing support from Region Engagement Committees (RECs) across the University's 13 regions.  The collaborative university-community groups, which are chaired by an external community leader, are invaluable in bringing university staff together with key community representatives to address local needs and support the development of sustainable communities.
  • CQUniversity once again participated in the waste reduction and recycling initiatives which included the Ditch the Disposables campaign to reduce the single-use plastic products and also participated in the Clean Up Australia Day, with 11 campuses across Australia participating.
  • In 2019, CQUniversity held discussions with a range of industries seeking their participation in a research project to develop a mobile bioenergy unit to service Central Queensland.  The aim of the unit is to convert waste into value-adding products such as biofuels and chemicals that can be used as soil conditioners; and being mobile will have the ability to service several locations, diverting waste from going into landfill. Read more on page 44 of our 2019 Annual 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.

Read more on page 7 of our Sustainability Report.

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 local unique coast and marine environments. The goal of CMERC is to undertake research that works with nature to build an economically and environmentally sustainable future to enrich our coastal communities. To achieve this, CMERC is taking a holistic approach that recognises the place of the communities and industries that live and work along local coastlines.  To do this, CMERC activities entails more than just monitoring the condition of the environments, and is undertaking proactive applied research from coastal catchments to sea to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing coastal and marine ecosystems.

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

Read more on page 8 of our Sustainability Report.

2018/19 Sustainability Report

External Reports

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency Public Report 2019 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.