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Become part of the future of regional education.


Through our Centres, we have supported more than 1,000 students studying hundreds of degrees through more than 35 higher education providers across Australia.

The need to support regional higher education students is unequivocal with those living in country areas half as likely to obtain a degree than their metropolitan counterparts.

All our Centres have seen high student take-up and, strong year-on-year growth in student numbers. Throughout Semester 2, 2019 more than 660 students registered with the CUC.

We know that students who study locally are more likely to engage in the local workforce, providing country businesses with new opportunities to employ highly trained local professionals. That’s what makes our local community ownership and support so critical to our success.

We are humbled with the support received from by both the NSW and Commonwealth Governments, which has been instrumental in seeding our growth; however, in order to maintain our excellent service to our communities we constantly need to be looking for new ways to enhance our services.

The Country Universities Centre is on the lookout for new community champions who are interested in providing community support, engagement, and ongoing partnerships to continue to provide this essential service in the mid to long-term. Any collaboration would help support regional and rural communities to learn and excel.


We firmly believe that your postcode shouldn’t predetermine your potential. The CUC has worked collaboratively with regional and rural communities with a shared purpose to increase equality of opportunity for higher education.

Every day, across our network we see, hear, and experience how our work is changing people’s lives for the better. We remain resolute in our mission to continue to provide high-quality higher education opportunities for regional and rural families.

We believe that grass-roots community support is a vital component of our long-term viability. Every donation helps us in our goal to support regional and rural students to succeed.

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) is supporting the Country Universities Centre through its not-for-profit fundraising account.

This means you can make a tax-deductible gift to FRRR for the Country Universities Centre and FRRR will make a grant to the CUC of the money raised.

If you would like to support regional students to reach their potential, you can donate to the Country Universities Centre general fundraising account, or directly to one of our Centres. Please donate here: Community-led projects – Non-For-Profit Organisations, alternatively Donation Form – Country Universities Centre 


We thrive on the passion of volunteers! You can be involved in changing the future of rural education by joining our community of volunteers. Please Contact Us for more information.


Join a group of passionate life-long learners who are  dedicated to changing the future of rural education. ­Your role with the CUC team will play an essential part bringing degrees close to regional and rural Australia.

Current Vacancies 

Centre Manager – Balonne
Employment type: Full Time
Location: St George & Dirranbandi

Who We Are Looking For

  • A self-starting passionate and enthusiastic individual;
  • Ability to identify key opportunities to support local students to identify and achieve their academic goals;
  • Strong collaborative skills with ability to build strong relationships both within the CUC network and with diverse external stakeholders;
  • An individual who is dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic about creating opportunities for regional and remote students;
  • An individual with the agility to execute the strategic plan and manage the day to day running of the St George and Dirranbandi Centres.
  • Ability to manage staff, lead multiple projects and often manage competing priorities.

How to apply 

A position description is available by emailing: Confidential enquiries can be made to Alix Greenhill on 0409 446 421

To make an application

You are required to submit the following:

  • Responses to the key selection criteria as detailed in the position description;
  • A cover letter addressed to the Board of Directors; and
  • Your full CV.

Applications close 13 April 2023 and must be emailed to

Further information available on Seek


Join our CUC team!

We are currently seeking expressions of interest to join our CUC Team.
To be eligible for the CUC Team, candidates must demonstrate the following:

  • Demonstrated understanding of regional and rural communities;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the higher education sector;
  • Exceptional communication and networking skills;
  • Passionate about regional education.

If you meet the above criteria, we will contact you should any opportunities become available. Please submit your resume and cover letter here.

“I love working with people whose passions and motivations align with my own. Being part of the CUC team has been incredibly rewarding. We are all here working together to drive positive change for regional and rural communities – you can’t beat that.”

CUC Team Member