Wear red to #celebratecsu

Foundation Day celebrates our past, who we are and where we are going. We're proud of our past and present students, alumni, staff and our community. We celebrate the people who make up our community and our commitment to the public good.

Why we celebrate Foundation Day

Foundation Day is about uniting the CSU community and having a sense of belonging. We encourage you to be proud of being part of our University. The day gives us the chance to engage with our communities. We tell our communities of our ongoing value, commitment to them and what we do. It is also an opportunity to have fun and promote worthwhile causes. You can donate to CSUgive, to give financial support to the next generation of CSU students.

When we celebrate Foundation Day

We celebrate Foundation Day on the Wednesday of the week following 19 July each year. This marks the establishment of the University on 19 July 1989, when the Charles Sturt University Act (Act no. 76, 1989) was signed.


There's lots of ways you can join the celebrations. Come along to our Foundation Day events. You can wear red and share your #celebratecsu photos on social media. Or check out the people we recognise this year with our stories on social and local media.

  • Albury-Wodonga

    Foundation Day bake-off and lunch
    When: 11.30am to 12.30pm, 19 July
    Where: Gums Cafe
    What's on: Group campus photo, cutting of the cake, judging the "bake-off", lunch (gold coin donation), live entertainment and prizes for best-dressed.

    You are encouraged to bake red items and enter the "bake-off". Guest judges will award a prize for the best baked good.  

  • Bathurst

    Mitchell Art Prize Exhibition
    When: 19 July to 21 July
    Where: Food Bowl
    What's on: Mitchell Art Prize Exhibition, with prizes awarded at morning tea 

    Red morning tea
    When: 10.30am, 19 July
    Where: Food Bowl
    What's on: Cupcakes, cake, lollies, paper plane competition

    Best dressed
    When: 10.45am, 19 July
    Where: Food Bowl
    What's on: Best dressed competition. Win a hoodie or coffee card!

    Wax for a Wish
    When: 1pm, 19 July
    Where: Food Bowl
    What's on: Waxing of volunteers fundraising for the Make a Wish Foundation
    Donate to Wax for a Wish

  • Dubbo

    Red morning tea
    When: 10.30am to 11.30am, 19 July
    Where: Dubbo Cafe
    What's on: Cake, coffee and warm-up questions for trivia

    Trivia night
    When: 5.30pm to 7.30pm, 19 July
    Where: Multipurpose hall
    What's on: Trivia night and pizza with a 1989 theme

  • Orange

    Red morning tea
    When: 19 July
    Where: Templers Mill Bar
    What's on: Morning tea with a red theme

    Bar night
    When: 9pm, 19 July
    Where: Templers Mill Bar
    What's on: Netball Club bar night - come in your best red outfit!

  • Port Macquarie

    Red morning tea
    When: 11.30am, 19 July
    Where: TBC
    What's on: Staff and student morning tea with red cupcakes and nibbles

    Foundation Fiesta
    When: 12pm, 19 July
    Where: Student Central
    What's on: Free Mexican food, Spanish live music, pinatas, sangria punch, Red Frog team handing out lollies

    Chilli eating competition
    When: 12.30pm, 19 July
    Where: Student Central
    What's on: Volunteers will try their luck eating hot chilli

  • Wagga Wagga

    Foundation Day concert: Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I
    When: 8pm, 15 July
    Where: The Crow Bar
    What's on: Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I concert open to the local community. Profits will go to the McGrath Foundation
    Buy tickets

    Foundation Day lunch
    When: 12pm to 2pm, 19 July
    Where: The Crow Bar
    What's on: Red carpet and decorations, red meal of the day, free fire engines, red cake, photobooth, Mayor, CHEERS staff in red, lucky door prize, Values merchandise table, and winners of staff room competition announced

    Red back-to-school ball
    When: 8pm, 19 July
    Where: The Crow Bar
    What's on: Band and DJ

    Foundation Day carnival
    When: 4pm, 21 July
    Where: The Crow Bar
    What's on: Wax for a Wish, sumo wrestling, petting zoo, fire twirlers, red fairy floss, games, DJ
    Donate to Wax for a Wish

  • Wangaratta

    Foundation Day morning tea
    When: 11am to 12 noon, 19 July
    Where: Wangaratta Regional Study Centre
    What's on: Morning tea
    Register now

  • Other locations

    Sydney: Workshops and morning tea
    Workshops: 9am to 4pm, 19 July
    Morning tea: 10.30am to 11am, 19 July
    Where: Building N, TAFE Ultimo
    What's on: Workshops with ALLaN, Outreach, Careers, Indigenous Student Centres and the Library, and morning tea
    Register for workshops

    Melbourne: Morning tea
    When: 10.30am to 11.20am, 19 July
    Where: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Lonsdale Street
    What's on: Morning tea

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