CSU established the Port Macquarie Campus to improve the educational outcomes and lives of regional students. Our Port Macquarie Campus offers a variety of courses, including a range of pathway programs developed in collaboration with North Coast TAFE, which means students can obtain a university degree without leaving the Mid North Coast area.

The fully-serviced campus at Port Macquarie which saw Stage 1 open in April 2017.  The first stage of the campus consists of a three-level facility incorporating indoor and outdoor teaching spaces and a mix of natural materials and colours to complement the Mid North Coast surroundings.

The new campus is located opposite the Lake Innes Village Shopping Centre, about five kilometres from Port Macquarie's city centre.

Message from the Head of Campus

Welcome to the Port Macquarie campus of Charles Sturt University, situated in the regional centre well known for its beaches and colonial penal history.

The Port Macquarie campus was established in 2012 in response to the findings of the Commonwealth Government inquiry into the higher education needs of the Mid-North Coast region. The campus now offers a broad range of courses, featuring 18 undergraduate and two masters courses.

Port Macquarie is a rapidly growing coastal city on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales and the university campus has similarly experienced growth which mirrors that of the region.

The regional centre is an important hub for business and services, with an economy based on primary industries, tourism, and specialised manufacturing and also boasts a thriving regional arts community.

The University moved to its fully operational Campus at Innes Lake in April 2016.  The campus not only supports the teaching of CSU courses but also has research facilities, including a Food, Soil and Water Laboratory and it is expected that the Port Macquarie campus will cater for over 5000 students by 2030.

If you would like more information about the activities of Charles Sturt University on the Port Macquarie campus, contact the Head of Campus, Ms Heather Cavanagh.

Heather Cavanagh

Heather Cavanagh
Port Macquarie Head of Campus
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Heather has a background in molecular biology, identification of antimicrobial compounds and commercialisation of research. After studying and completing a Postdoctoral fellowship in the UK she has worked for CSU for 15 years starting as a lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Sub Dean, Associate Dean and Acting Executive Dean on her way to the Pro-Vice Chancellor role.

Heather is a visionary leader who is has developed strong partnerships regionally, domestically and internationally.

Explorations Series Public Lectures

This series aims to engage our rural and regional communities in discussion and debate about major issues facing our regions, the nation and the world.

CUP Community University Partnerships Grants Program

Supporting the development of our regions through contributions to cultural, economic, sporting and related activities to build higher education aspiration and awareness particularly among young people.


  • Critical Incident Response Group

    The Critical Incident Response Group is responsible for implementing policy and procedure for dealing with critical incidents that occur on and off campus affecting the welfare of CSU staff and/or students.

    Chairperson: Mr Peter Scott, Manager, Campus Services
    Contact: 02 6338 4191

  • Campus Environment Committee

    The Campus Environment Committee collaborates with University staff and students to develop appropriate environmental targets, strategies and initiatives to achieve long-term environmental sustainability.

    Executive Officer: Alison Woods
    Contact: 02 6582 9334

Community engagement

Regional Consultation and Engagement

The University is committed to community and regional engagement and welcomes your thoughts, ideas and suggestions about things we should be considering to help to develop our regions.  While we cannot always do everything our communities want, we are always happy to receive your ideas and act on those areas where CSU can make a difference.  You can send your suggestions directly to my office, or talk to one of the members of the Regional Consultative Committee for our campus.

At Port Macquarie CSU consults with the Mid-North Coast community in many ways.  The Regional Consultative Committee includes community, business and professional leaders and provides advice on strategic directions and needs.  The University engages with the community through a variety of forums and advisory arrangements including the Principal's Forum (which includes the principals of our region's schools); the Primary Industries Strategic Advisory Committee; regular meetings with professionals from health, community services and aged care; meetings with local Councils; and  consultation with the Biripi Elders and the local Aboriginal Education Coordinating Group.

CSU also engages with its community through a community grants program which provides support, sponsorships and to schools, community organisations and sporting clubs.  An annual program of public lectures contributes to discussion of important issues within the community and provides access to the work of CSU staff.  Seminars on professional and specialist topics are also provided.

Contact us

Head of Campus

Heather Cavanagh
Phone: (02) 6582 9334
Email: hocportmacquarie@csu.edu.au

Community Relations Officer (Port Macquarie)

Email: hocportmacquarie@csu.edu.au

Postal Address:
Locked Bag 5000
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Street Address:
7 Major Innes Road
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Port Macquarie Campus location

Major Innes Rd, Port Macquarie NSW 2444