Charles Sturt Card

The Charles Sturt Card is the University's official identity card for students and staff. It gives you access to a range of services and facilities.

Your Charles Sturt Card allows you to:

  • access buildings and 24-hour computer labs
  • borrow resources at the Library
  • use photocopying, printing and scanning services
  • purchase catered meals (if you have a Flexi food meal plan)
  • buy goods from most on-campus retail food outlets.

You need to set a PIN number to access the full suite of services on your Charles Sturt Card. To set a pin, please visit the Student Portal.

Your first card is free! Though you may need to pay a fee for a replacement card if you lose or misplace it.

Your card as proof of identity

A Charles Sturt Card is required for identification on Charles Sturt campuses, including entrance to examinations. You should always carry your card with you when on campus or attending university events (yes, even exams).

If you're both a student and an employee of the University, you don't need separate cards – access to services can be attached to whichever card you have.

If you're asked by an external organisation to show additional evidence you are a Charles Sturt University student, print a statement of enrolment as proof.

Card expiry

The University electronic systems will manage and maintain your access to services based on your:

  • enrolment if you are a student
  • length of employment, if you're a staff member
  • ongoing association with Charles Sturt for other types of cardholders.

Using your Charles Sturt Card

Your personal information and privacy

The following information is stored on your Charles Sturt Card:

  • Student number
  • Unilinc barcode number
  • Cardax (building access) number
  • Mifare card serial number
  • your name.

All the data stored within your card is encrypted and cannot be unlocked without special electronic keys.

Your Charles Sturt Card stores only limited data in the memory chip. Charles Sturt may store additional data in the memory chip at their discretion but will notify you of the type of data through means of communications specified in this policy.

Unless required by law or with your consent, Charles Sturt will not share any information with outside organisations other than the university agents and will not sell or release any information regarding your usage or purchases.

The following Divisions have access to ID data, card accounts and card transactions if required:

  • Student Administration
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Student Services
  • Facilities Management
  • Information Technology
  • Alumni Office
  • Faculties and Schools.

Unicard Pty Ltd also has limited access to records while maintaining the Unicard Card Management system and Unicard Transaction Management System (TMS).