At the December 1991 meeting of the Charles Sturt University Board of Governors, it was announced that a University - TAFE Centre was to open in Dubbo in February 1992 to provide teaching and other facilities for distance education students.
On 19 May 1994, it was announced that Dubbo would become a campus of CSU. To this end, the University purchased a parcel of land from the Dubbo City Council.
On 10 June 1999, the Governor of NSW, Gordon Samuels, laid the foundation stone to mark commencement of construction at the campus. The University held its first graduation ceremony in Dubbo on the same day.