CQUniversity Australia

00219C Australia

Why choose study in Australia

Home for the best universities in the world
Australia has some of the best colleges in the world. Several Australian universities are listed in the top 100 best universities in the world. With approximately more than 22,000 courses in 1,100 institutions, a great number of fields or study areas are available, making it highly likely that you can take up your choice of degree, training or course.

The numbers above show that Australian education has the quantity and variety, but it is also worth noting that the country leads in quality. Seven out of the top 100 universities in the world can be found in Australia. Their university system also ranks 8th in the world, ahead of countries such as the UK, Germany and Japan. With these, Australia is recognized as a country that offers world-class education.

Some of the most popular fields to study are the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, social sciences and medical fields. Australian study programmes cover almost every possible subject students might need.

Australian degree is a globally recognized degree
When you study in Australia, your degree is trusted and recognised internationally. The Australian education system maintains its international reputation through high educational standards, with its universities standing out in world league tables. Moreover, most courses and training undertaken by international students in Australia are covered by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). It is a system of learning which is authorised by the Australian government.

Be at the forefront of Technology and Innovations
Australia has a reputation for adopting new technologies at a faster rate than in most other countries. Facilities for teaching, training and research are world-class in terms of state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, outstanding libraries and modern technology. One of the most appealing aspect of the country for international students is the quality of scientific research. Australia is at the forefront of new technology and innovations. Students who study in Australia can take advantage the country’s impressive technology and research resources. Australia has quality of scientific research programs available for international students.

Pay reasonable tuition fees
Australian education programs represent great value for money. Fees for vocational courses in Australia start from $AUD7000 and can reach around $AUD30,000 per year. An undergraduate program can cost you from $AUD15,000 to $AUD33,000 per year and postgraduate tuition fees range from $AUD20,000 to $AUD37,000 annually. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) courses start at around $AUD4000 while fees for foundation studies start from $AUD15,000 per year. Planning to take up an English language course? These courses start from only $AUD300 per week depending on the course length.

Australian courses are often shorter than alternatives in other countries, particularly in the US. Most Australian bachelor degree courses can be completed in three years and even less if the education provider works on a trimester system. This means that you can save a whole year's tuition fees if you choose to study in Australian rather than in the US or the UK.

Start a successful career while studying
Australian cities have excellent job prospects and a multicultural community of students who are supported through student services programs. Australian graduates have excellent job prospects from their internationally-trusted universities. Working during your studies is also encouraged – international students on student visas are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week to boost their living expenses. Work experience and internships are all ways in which you can gain Australian work experience in your field of study and be competitive in the international job market after graduation

University Overview

Department structure

At CQUniversity Australia, there are five academic schools which offer both tertiary and vocational education courses.
School of Business and Law: Students can choose from a range of accredited courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The courses have been designed after consultation with industry experts to prepare graduates to be job ready.
School of Education and Arts: Some of the areas the School offers courses in include Humanities, Hospitality, Art and Education. Many courses offer work experience and are tailored for work integrated learning. Teachers work closely with the industry and are experts in their fields.
School of Engineering and Technology: The School has a wide variety of study options and is a rapidly growing one with a current student strength of 5,000. Its courses strongly emphasise industry relevance and train graduates to be work-ready.
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences: With career-oriented courses and dedicated staff, students work with teachers with wide expertise in the industry on leading research projects. Students have access to a range of career pathways in areas such as safety science, accident forensics and psychology. Graduates develop marketable and transferable career skills having gained skills from working in modern facilities and field sites.
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences: The School is a leader in the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Social Work programmes. Students can benefit from a strong professoriate with portfolios in learning and teaching, research and community engagement. Students can benefit from Mask Ed, a simulation technique that provides cutting-edge practical experience. They can also gain exposure from the travel to Nepal, India and Cambodia through the Short-term Mobility programme. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary among courses. To apply for entry to CQUniversity Australia courses, applicants must satisfy academic requirements and English language requirements.
Academic requirements
Certificates: Successful completion of Australian Year 10 or equivalent.
Diplomas: Successful completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent; or completion of Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV or equivalent.
Undergraduate courses: Successful completion of the equivalent of Australian Year 12. An approved university foundation studies or formal Australian Certificate IV is acceptable. Successful completion a certificate, diploma or advanced diploma (or equivalent) for advanced standing to desired course.
Postgraduate courses: Completion of a bachelor is degree with the equivalent to an Australian pass grade average in the final two terms, from a recognised higher education institution.
Postgraduate research: Applicants must provide supporting documents and apply via iStart with an Expression of Interest.
Country specific requirements apply for certificates and diplomas, and undergraduate courses.
English Language requirements
English tests: CQUniversity Australia recognises a number of English tests which can be taken to meet English language requirements. The following are IELTS and TOEFL scores required for most courses.
Certificate or Diploma - 5.5 (with no individual band score of less than 5.0)
Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework - 6.0 (with no individual band score of less than 5.5)
Postgraduate research - 6.5 (with no individual band score less than 6.0)
Certificate or Diploma - Overall score of 65 with no score less than 15
Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework - Overall score of 75 with no score less than 17
Postgraduate coursework - Overall score of 79 with no score less than 21


CQUniversity Australia offers some of the best facilities in Australia including:
Seven world-class research centres and institutes
Modern teaching spaces, labs, libraries and leisure facilities
Onsite training facilities including an engineering precinct, allied health clinic, music conservatorium, forensic crash lab and training restaurants
Well-equipped prayer and worship spaces
On-campus student residences in Mackay and Rockhampton.
The University has 16 campus libraries across Australia. They offer collaborative literacy support to students irrespective of location and the mode of study. All libraries are equipped with learning spaces and resources to provide a good study experience.
Student Accommodation
CQUniversity Australia's Capricornia College Rockhampton and Canefield College Mackay offer affordable accommodation with friendly, helpful staff to help students transition into university life. Students living on campus enjoy the college community environment with supported learning, take part in cultural and social events and explore the nearby scenic surroundings. They also have access to safe, secure and affordable living.


Central Queensland University (CQUniversity) is one of the largest universities in Australia, and has campuses in Queensland, Sydney and Perth. CQUniversity Australia is also one of Queensland's first dual sector universities, offering over 300 courses including training programmes, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and apprenticeships. It is in the top two percent of universities worldwide.
CQUniversity Australia offers a wide range of careers support for students, and 80.4% of graduates go on to find work within three months of leaving the institution, which is 10 percent higher than the national average. The University is also known as being one of the top for graduate starting salaries. Careers help on offer includes information on sourcing an internship, how to write a CV and cover letter, and how to stand out in an interview.
As well as learning on campus full-time, students have the option of studying completely via distance education.
During their spare time, students are encouraged to meet new people, learn a new skill and pursue their existing interests by joining a club or society. These include everything from dance class to photography and sports teams, and there is also the option for them to start their own group.
Students can also give back to others by taking part in voluntary work, or becoming a mentor. Student services on offer, meanwhile, include counselling, learning support, a dedicated disability service and a student mentor programme to help new students to settle in.

Scholarships & funding

Students at CQUniversity Australia have access to a range of scholarships and funding. The University spends approximately AUD 2.5 million each year on these scholarships to support international students.
The International Student Scholarship is available to all future undergraduate and postgraduate international students at any CQUniversity Australia campus. The recently launched International Student Scholarship - Regional similarly rewards successful applicants studying in the regional CQUniversity Australia campuses. The scholarship rewards successful applicants with a 20% reduction in tuition fees for the duration of their studies, provided all terms and conditions are met.
The scholarship is merit based and the application is assessed based on previous academic results and must meet minimum selection criteria. Applicants from countries not listed will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Apart from this, a number of Australian government scholarships are available to international students.

Teaching quality

The 2018 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) results show that CQUniversity Australia is committed to improving the overall student experience. These results reinforce the student-focused approach of the University is innovative, dedicated and hard-working academic and professional staff community.
Student Measures
CQUniversity Australia
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Undergraduate overall quality of educational experience
Undergraduate teaching quality
Undergraduate learning resources
Undergraduate student support
Undergraduate skills development
Postgraduate coursework generic skills scale
Postgraduate coursework student support
CQUniversity Australia also has a Learning and Teaching Framework to support quality teaching and learning. There is a Learning and Teaching Services (LTS) network available to staff that provides resources to ensure that staff are up-to-date in their information and training.

What's new

Selected to present at WHO conference
CQUni undergrads were the only two to have been chosen to present at the 12th Biennial Conference of the Global Network of WHO collaborating centres for Nursing and Midwifery. Second year student, Shanda Clark, and first year student, Rhianna Wood, from Bachelor of Nursing presented at the WHO conference with a Universal Health Care theme.
Shanda Clark presented a poster at the conference about her journey to university from a lower socioeconomic background. Rhianna Wood spoke about her visit to Philippines where she taught English to troubled youth and at a preschool. Both students are from Townsville and have been studying their degrees via distance education. 
Partners with Ohio State University
CQUniversity Australia graduates will have job opportunities in the agri-tech sector, due to its growing partnership with The Ohio State University. Both universities are working on an agreement to support joint research projects for enhancing animal production and improving water quality. The research goals also include working on reducing soil erosion in America is Great Lakes and Australia is Great Barrier Reef.
CQUni Associate Professor in Precision Livestock, Mark Trotter says, "We are already drawing on skillsets from Ohio State in advanced statistical analysis and implementation of farm technology.

University Ranking

Diversity Index - Rank: 84

Feel At Home Index - Rank: 3.83%

QS World University Rankings 2017-2018 - Rank: 601st

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018 - Rank: 501st

Overall Cost of Living


Average Private Rent




Post Graduate


Overall Cost of Living Value

A$ 20.290

Average Private Rent Value

A$ 9.600

Undergraduate Value

A$ 28.500

Postgraduate Value

A$ 29.400

Minimum IELTS Score

Post Graduate : 6.5

Undergraduate : 6


Post Graduate : 79

Undergraduate : 75

International Student Scholarship

20 per cent reduction in tuition fees

You are eligible to apply for the International Student Scholarship if you meet the following criteria: Applying for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework delivered on campus as a new applicant (not currently enrolled in a course at CQUniversity).

All international

Scholarship must be applied for at the point of application through our online application system, iStart.

International Student Scholarship - Regional

The Scholarship rewards successful applicants with a 20 per cent reduction in tuition fees for the duration of their studies, subject to meeting terms and conditions.

Successful completion of most recent studies prior to applying to CQUniversity Australia. The International Student Scholarship - Regional is available for the following CQUniversity campuses. Bundaberg Cairns Emerald Gladstone City Gladstone Marina Mackay City Mackay Ooralea Noosa Rockhampton City Rockhampton North Townsville

All international

You are eligible to apply for the International Student Scholarship - Regional if you meet the following criteria: Applying for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework delivered on campus as a new applicant (not currently enrolled in a course at CQUniversity); and Scholarship must be applied for at the point of application through our online application system, iStart.

Overall Review

Overall Experience : 4.6 / 5

Admission Process : 5 / 5

Scholarships : 4 / 5

Life Experience : 4 / 5

Job Prospects : 4 / 5