Our new mascot

CSU turns 30 in 2019 and we're getting ready for the celebrations! Thanks to everyone who took part in our Mascot Competition.

Hello Charlie!

Charlie the Cockatoo is proud to join Charles Sturt University. Charlie is an Australian native, perfectly at home in urban or regional environments, and very familiar with CSU's regional footprint. Charlie is lively, social and ready to take on the challenge of representing CSU values on campus and in our community.

Charlie the cockatoo, our new mascot, wearing a CSU branded shirt and giving a friendly wave

Why Charlie?

  • Charlie has made a home in our regional footprint. The cockatoo is found in south east Australia across an area encompassing all CSU campuses.
  • Reflects unity and a sense of community. The cockatoo is intelligent and highly social, gathering in large flocks to form a vibrant community that works and plays together.
  • Engenders pride. The cockatoo is unapologetically vocal. Their proud, distinctive call is recognised from a great distance.
  • Is agile, flexible and adaptable. The cockatoo happily travels long distances. This reflects the travel undertaken by many CSU staff and students between regional CSU campuses. As CSU students and graduates are encouraged to flourish in both city and country settings, the cockatoo also adapts easily to urban and rural environments.


Charlie was the winning design concept in our Mascot Competition held late last year.

26 designs were submitted of which 3 design concepts were shortlisted. Over 3,500 students, staff and alumni voted in the competition – with Charlie fast becoming the leader across all groups. The Mascot Selection Panel, made up of representatives from key areas of the university, including students, unanimously endorsed Charlie.

The Mascot Selection Panel incorporated feedback and suggestions submitted from students, staff and alumni to arrive at the final mascot design and name.

Where can you meet Charlie?

Charlie will be appearing on campus and in your local community throughout the year.

You can expect to see Charlie at events, stealing the spotlight in various marketing materials and on promotional products. In conjunction with the CSU Brand, Charlie will remain in the memory long after a student has left university.

Competition Winner

Congratulations Taylor Wolf, who submitted the winning design concept! Taylor is studying Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) in Wagga Wagga.

Need more information? Email csumascot@csu.edu.au


Terms and conditions

    By entering this competition for the development of a Charles Sturt University Mascot (Competition) you accept the following terms and conditions (T&Cs):

  1. The promotor of the Competition is Charles Sturt University (ABN: 83 878 708 551) of Panorama Avenue, Bathurst, New South Wales 2795 (CSU).

  2. Competition Period
  3. The Competition will commence on 1 November 2018 at 12.01am AEST and close on 30 November at 11.59pm AEST (Competition Period). Any entry submitted outside the Competition Period will be invalid.

  4. Eligibility
  5. Entry in the Competition is open to all current staff, enrolled students, and alumni of CSU (Entrant).
  6. If you are under 18 years, you must have the consent of your parent or guardian to enter.

  7. How to enter
  8. To enter, you must comply with the Competition requirements as set out in the creative brief for the development of a CSU mascot (Brief).
  9. There is no limit on the number of entries which can be submitted by an Entrant provided each entry is different.
  10. You are responsible for all costs involved in entering the Competition.

  11. Content of Entry
  12. You warrant that your entry complies with the Competition requirements set out the Brief.
  13. You further warrant that you are the creator of the entry, you own the copyright and your entry does not infringe any third party intellectual property rights.
  14. You must obtain the consent of any person who can be identified in your entry prior to submitting it to the Competition.
  15. You must not submit any material which is unlawful, fraudulent, an infringement of any intellectual property, privacy or other rights, defamatory, obscene, derogatory, pornographic, violent, abusive, harassing, threatening, sexist, racist, discriminatory, hateful, or otherwise unsuitable for publication.

  16. Judging and winner
  17. This is a competition based on skill and merit. Chance plays no part in determining winners.
  18. Entries will be judged by CSU in accordance with the Brief.
  19. CSU reserves the right to verify the identity and eligibility of an Entrant and CSU's decision about the eligibility of an Entrant and/or their compliance with these T&Cs is final.
  20. CSU reserves the right not to determine any finalists at its discretion and such decision is final.
  21. The winner will be determined by public vote in accordance with the Brief.
  22. CSU will notify the finalists and resulting winner in accordance with the Brief.

  23. Prizes
  24. The finalists and the winner will receive the prizes as set out in the Brief (Prizes).
  25. The Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash.
  26. If a Prize (or any part of a Prize) is unavailable, CSU, at its discretion, reserves the right to substitute a Prize (or that part of a Prize) with a prize to the equal value and/or specification.

  27. Intellectual property
  28. Ownership of any materials you provide or submit in connection with the Competition (whether in written, audio, electronic or visual form, in whole or in part) (Materials) is automatically assigned to CSU at the time the Materials are provided or submitted including the copyright and all other intellectual property rights that to the Materials.
  29. You agree to waive all intellectual property rights, copyright and moral rights in relation to the Materials.
  30. CSU may deal with the Materials in accordance with its rights and obligations as the lawful owner of the Materials including, but not limited to, the production of editorial, educational, trade and advertising materials in any manner and medium to promote CSU and its students. This means that CSU may alter or edit the entry as required and without your consent to make use of your entry for its own purposes.

  31. Release and Liability
  32. To the full extent permitted by law, CSU excludes all liability arising in connection with this Competition, any entry or Prize.
  33. CSU is not responsible for any late, lost, incorrectly submitted, delayed, incomplete or corrupted entry whether due to error or otherwise. CSU is under no obligation to accept any entry which is not submitted in accordance with these T&Cs.
  34. CSU will not return submitted entries.
  35. CSU reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition, in which case it will post a notice on www.csu.edu.au/social/csumascot.
  36. Without prejudice to any other rights of a party, you indemnify CSU against any loss, claim or damage arising from your participation or entry in the Competition or winning a Prize.

  37. Privacy
  38. CSU may collect, store and use personal information collected from you in order to conduct the Competition and related purposes.
  39. You consent to the publication of your name and details if your entry is determined to be a finalist.
  40. Personal information is managed by CSU in accordance with the CSU Privacy Management Plan: https://policy.csu.edu.au/document/view-current.php?id=218. You can contact the CSU Ombudsman about personal information held by CSU about you.
  41. Supply of personal information is voluntary, but if you decline to do so then CSU may not be able to include your entry in the Competition or award a Prize.
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Why is CSU developing a mascot?
We are developing a mascot to help unify elements of the CSU community under a common name and mascot. The mascot will be developed in to a costume to be worn at events, feature in various marketing materials and be used on promotional products. With CSU turning 30 in 2019, now is a great time to introduce a mascot to our community!

Who can submit design ideas for the mascot?
CSU students, staff and alumni are eligible to submit designs for our new mascot. You must have a CSU ID number to submit your idea.

How do I submit a design idea?[CLOSED 30 NOVEMBER 2018]
To submit your design, email the following information to csumascot@csu.edu.au as Word, PDF or JPEG files:

  1. Your name
  2. Your CSU ID number
  3. Your contact phone number
  4. Your contact email address
  5. A mascot design: a drawing of your mascot idea showcasing the visual aspects of your mascot. You should use a scanned or photographed copy of your design. You can use drawing software or hand-draw the design
  6. A mascot profile: include a creative description, outline your mascot's features and identify the link to CSU (address at least three of the selection criteria)

How will designs be shortlisted?
Designs will be shortlisted by the Mascot Selection Panel who will then release the shortlisted designs to the public. Designs will be shortlisted based on submission criteria outlined in the Creative Brief.

How will the final design be chosen?
The shortlisted designs will be uploaded to the CSU Mascot Development website and students, staff and alumni will be invited to vote for their preferred design. The votes will be counted and the Mascot Selection Panel will present the final design for endorsement by the University.

Who can vote?
Staff, students and alumni can vote for their preferred design. For staff and students votes are accepted via this page only. Voting must be completed within the voting period. There is a limit of one vote person.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the mascot or design submissions?
You can send any questions you may have about the mascot to csumascot@csu.edu.au.