“The strong practical component of the degree kick-started my career. I am very proud to say that I went to university at Southern Cross.”

Jana Gibson

Head of Member Services at APRA AMCOS
Bachelor of Business in Tourism graduate

So, my name is Jana Gibson and my role at APRA AMCOS is about to be the Head of Member Services.

We provide services to our members who in themselves are actually small businesses as they are songwriters or they're publishers.

I think business skills within a degree and then transitioning you into the business environment I absolutely rate highly in being able to carry through that into the world that I work in now.

I think people need to find the right environment to be able to work, study and to have family commitments. As long as you're able to make sure you can fit it all into a schedule... and there's maybe a really strong plan in place, then I think it's all definitely achievable. 

What I learnt in terms of basic skills has certainly set me up for where I am now, but also the great environment of that regional university meant that I had these fantastic long term relationships. So you know I had some great opportunities, and it was a really great start for my working career, my time at Southern Cross.

About the School of Business and Tourism

Welcome to the School of Business and Tourism. We provide student-centric education in business, tourism and information technology education as well as research and service activities to our region and throughout the Asia-Pacific.

We instil our students with the critical knowledge and fundamental workplace skills required to succeed in the global business, tourism and information technology industries. We have recently transformed our undergraduate offerings to ensure our students have the ability to navigate through their chosen fields in times of uncertainty, ambiguity and change. Our postgraduate courses focus on giving students a step-up in business, tourism or IT, enabling graduates to meet the demands of industry today.

Our graduates are of the highest quality and fill professional roles in Australia and around the globe. Our strong links with industry form a fundamental part of our internship programs, giving our students experience in real jobs before they graduate ensuring they are career-ready.

We offer degrees through The Hotel School Sydney, The Hotel School Melbourne and The Hotel School Brisbane in partnership with Mulpha Australia.

Several of our courses are taught in China, Singapore and Papua New Guinea through international educational collaborations.

We believe that advanced teaching and learning must be informed by research and innovation. Our research-active academics are widely published and the School has established an extensive international network that supports its teaching and research activities.

I wish you all the very best in your studies and trust that your experience as a student in our School will be a rewarding one.


Professor Robin Stonecash
Dean of Business and Head of School
School of Business and Tourism
Head of Gold Coast campus

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Robin Stonecash, Dean of Business and Head of School

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Digital Enterprise Lab

Our new Digital Enterprise Lab is a future-ready digital incubator for entrepreneurs. Along with nurturing innovative solutions, we offer training and micro-credentials, exclusive Entrepreneurship Circle and the Digital First seminars, plus research that expands knowledge frontiers.

Discover the Digital Enterprise Lab   

Why study with us

Whether it’s a career in business, tourism or IT, graduates of tomorrow need more than an understanding of core disciplines – they need adaptability, curiosity and agility to respond to an unpredictable, yet exciting, future. Our degrees have a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship, technology, applied knowledge and ethical practice.


Develop expertise in data analytics tools and technologies to inform decision-making and long-term strategies.


Gain understanding of big issues like climate change, over-tourism and digital disruption.


Learn how to make sound, ethical judgments on the most appropriate directions and actions.

Work ready

Build portfolio of professional experiences through real-world interactions with employers, industry and community.

Graduates making a difference in the world

From entrepreneurs and innovators to leaders in their chosen field, School of Business and Tourism graduates are pursuing what matters in industry and community.

People like Ashok Lavasa, the election commissioner of India, whose efforts helped mobilise a democratic election involving more than 900 million voters over 75 days. Or Steve Layt, a US-based restaurant executive with more than 30 years’ success with some of the most well-known and highly respected brands in the world. And Sarah Beardmore, co-founder of Dorsal, the world's most advanced and reliable crowdsourced shark alerting app.

Meet our graduates

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Ashok Lavasa receiving the International Alumnus of the Year 2019 award from Professor Adam Shoemaker

Contact the School of Business and Tourism

Dean and Head of School, Head of the Gold Coast campus

T: +61 7 5589 3054

E: sbat.pa@scu.edu.au

Assistant to Head of School

T: +61 7 5589 3174

E: sbat.pa@scu.edu.au

Deputy Head of School, Director of Teaching & Learning

T: +61 7 5589 3209

E: david.noble@scu.edu.au

Deputy Dean, Digital Enterprise Lab Director

E: darshana.sedera@scu.edu.au

Course Coordinators

Visit the Staff page