Through a partnership approach, midwives provide woman centred, evidence based care for women and babies throughout the childbearing journey in a variety of settings. Midwives play an important role in promoting the health and wellbeing of women and their families by supporting the woman's childbearing choices and providing expertise around pregnancy, birth, postnatal and the newborn period. Midwives collaborate with other health professionals to continue midwifery care in complex situations.
The Bachelor of Midwifery at CDU is aligned with the International Confederation of Midwives' definition of the midwife. Students require a high level of motivation, determination and organisation to successfully negotiate study and clinical experience requirements with work and family commitments. The online nature of the course requires students to be disciplined and committed in their study habits. Students should consider whether their family life and work commitments will support their attendance at placement and time available for study.
Placement may occur during and outside of the semester and students may be required to travel away from home to complete up to 6 weeks of placement at their own expense. Students need to be aware that:
placement is arranged by Charles Darwin University and dates are determined by the availability of places at the health service facility, therefore dates for placement may not be negotiable
students are required to attend the arranged placement to progress in the course
non-attendance at placement may only occur in extenuating circumstances. Childcare and work commitments are not extenuating circumstances for the purpose of placement
placements may include morning, evening, night duty, on-call and shifts on weekends and public holidays
There are inherent requirements for midwifery. Inherent requirements are the essential abilities, knowledge and skills to achieve course learning outcomes and to be able to safely practise as a midwife. Midwifery requires a degree of physical strength and mobility, endurance, communication and cognitive abilities for safe practice.
Reporting obligations: Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, CDU is required to register midwifery students with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and to notify AHPRA if a student has or develops a health impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm. Students have obligations under the National Law and are expected to understand their obligations prior to enrolling.
This is a competitive course with more applicants than places available, eligible applicants will be ranked in order of academic merit.
Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to practice as a midwife in all Australian States or Territories and some overseas countries.
This course consists of 24 units. Two foundational units provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the course, become lifelong learners and explore issues related to living, studying and working in diverse social and cultural environments. Core units promote the concept of cultural safety in practice and address the needs of Aboriginal women and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Units in bioscience, sociology, psychology and midwifery sciences and practice are combined with extensive periods of clinical experience.
Students practice reflective, evidence-based midwifery encompassing primary health care principles as well as the emotional, physical and social aspects of birth based on an evidence-based multidisciplinary, teaching and learning framework.
Charles Darwin University Highlights
Darwin, Northern Territory
Number of campuses
301 Million AUD
Mode of program
On campus/ Online/ Full time/ Part time
Charles Darwin University Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses
The cost of attendance for students at Charles Darwin University comprises the tuition fee per course and the cost of living.
The Department of Home Affairs has estimated the cost of living for an individual to study in Australia on student visa as 21,041 AUD.
The cost break up has been tabulated below for reference:
Tuition Fee per year
25,328 – 33,480 AUD
28,104 - 34,680 AUD
Undergraduate associate degree
29,616 – 33,480 AUD
26,968 – 29,616 AUD
Graduate associate degree
25,328 – 28,104 AUD
The cost of living might vary for students in Darwin and Sydney. An estimate for both locations is provided below for reference:
Cost in Darwin (per week)
Cost in Sydney (per week)
Food and groceries
Gas and electricity
Phone and Internet
Car (if owned by students)
Charles Darwin University Application Process
To apply for admission to Charles Darwin University, international students must fulfill minimum eligibility criteria and submit proof of English language proficiency. The University provides International Pathway programs for students who do not meet the minimum language requirements.
How to Apply?
The process for international student admission to Charles Darwin University has been described below:
Application portal: Online Application or apply through an agent
Application fee: Not required
Admission Requirements: The following documents must be submitted along with the application for admission:
Completed application form
Certified copies of transcripts/ certificates with English translation (if required)
Copy of passport
Statement of Purpose
Scholarship application form
English language proficiency test scores: The minimum requirements for test scores are as follows: