Community Impact Fund

At CQUniversity, we are committed to building thriving communities. Through our deep engagement with our regions across the nation, we have the ability to identify the real issues. And, we are ready to respond with sustainable solutions.

Regional and rural communities are disadvantaged in terms of access to services – the tyranny of distance means accessing quality vocational and tertiary education is more difficult, and therefore more expensive, than experienced by metropolitan students.

By providing a wide range of quality education and training options, we can contribute to community resilience and build capacity, providing young people with the opportunity to stay in their communities.

Indigenous and remote communities across Australia experience significant disadvantage when it comes to educational and socio-economic indicators. This vast disadvantage between Indigenous levels of education and employment and non-Indigenous Australians is well documented. Indigenous students are estimated to be behind non-Indigenous students by the equivalent of about two and-a-third-years of schooling (Closing the Gap Report 2016).

Research proves when Indigenous Australians have a higher level of education, there is virtually no employment gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians (Closing the Gap Clearinghouse, 2014). In contrast, those with low educational attainment tend to have poorer health outcomes, lower incomes, and reduced employment prospects (AHMAC, 2015).

Solutions to overcome this disparity exist and have been proven to be successful in bringing about equity and inclusiveness to enable access and participation in education at all levels.

Your support of the CQUniCares Community Impact Fund will allow for vital programs and research that makes a difference in the communities in which we operate.


Research is about finding answers, and at CQUniversity, we are asking some of the most pressing questions affecting our regions. Our world-class researchers are seeking new knowledge and innovation in areas that are making an impact. Due to a lack of funding, crucial research projects are not able to be carried out. Your support will help fund this change-making research, that will improve the lives of many.

Find out more about research at CQUniversity.

Engagement and social innovation

At CQUniversity, engagement and social innovation are at the centre of our strategic vision. Through our Indigenous Engagement and our aspiration building, mentoring and CQUni Connect programs delivered into low socio-economic primary and high schools, we are making a positive impact on future generations and changing paths for the better. We have made a significant social impact to date, but we are just getting started. Through your support, we can continue to push the boundaries of what a university can do to improve communities.

Global outreach

CQUniversity encourages all students to participate in and facilitates many impactful global programs that allow students to experience the world, build compassion and make a difference. Each year large numbers of students embark on many life-changing global projects that expand their horizon and make a positive impact on the world around us. Your support of the CQUniCares Community Impact Fund will increase this impact by enabling more global outreach projects.

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CQUniCares about nurturing our communities.

The CQUniCares Alumni Development Fund offers grants of up to $1000 to empower graduates to make an impact in their communities.

Your support means graduates playing vital community roles - professional or volunteer -  and get the support and skills they need to make a big community impact.

Why start a development fund for graduates?

Graduates frequently contact us with opportunities that offer mutual benefit; opportunities that upskill them and give them a chance to better serve their communities.

Often, these opportunities are not covered by their workplaces, and alumni would ask if there was any way we could help. Community-focussed graduates are a major asset to communities, so we launched the CQUniCares Alumni Development Fund.

It just makes sense to support graduates to further their education to support their communities. And as a community-focused university, we’re proud to see our graduates driving positive change in their communities – and the CQUniCares Alumni Development Fund nurtures this.

Your donation to the fund will ensure community leaders are supported and nurtured.

Who can apply to the fund?

You’re eligible to apply to the fund if you’ve graduated from CQUniversity with a vocational or higher education qualification. Find out more on the Alumni Benefits page.

Read the CQUniCares Alumni Development Fund Policy and Procedure