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Welcome to your future

We are a friendly and diverse higher education institution providing students with quality education and an unparaleled student lifestyle.


Russo Business School is positioning to be a leader in applied higher education, developing graduates with the fundamental knowledge, commercial acumen, and entrepreneurial mindset to achieve success in their industry of choice. Through our educational programs we enable students to develop the capability to contribute to success within an organisation, drive change through an intrapreneurial initiative, or have the capacity to start their own business.

Russo Business School (RBS) also provides an alternative to traditional university study for those looking for more applied learning, additional academic support and smaller class sizes.

RBS is co-located with the James Cook University (JCU) Brisbane Campus offering students an ideal opportunity to experience a true university setting while accessing a more supportive learning environment to enable success.

Students can access facilities such as;

  • The Resource Centre which includes; The Learning Centre, a Library and online learning resources
  • Joblinx, a dedicated employment and Internship placement service
  • Academic support
  • Personal support from our Wellbeing team
  • The Student Lounge, a relaxing space to enjoy a coffee and be with fellow students

The campus is located at 349 Queen Street in the Brisbane Central Business District.

RBS is accredited to deliver the following courses:


RBS was established in 2015 and is registered with the Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) – PRV14013 and the Commonwealth Register of Institutes and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) under Provider Code 03441F.

RBS was established in 2015 to provide access to higher education qualifications for international students, through the Diploma of Business.

Between 2017-2019, 161 international students commenced studying the Diploma of Business at RBS originating from 17 countries. Students predominantly using the course as a pathway to the Bachelor of Business at JCU as well as other universities.

In 2019 the strategic direction was refined to include a clearer focus on entrepreneurial endeavours and RBS gained accreditation to deliver its own Bachelor degrees in Business and Entrepreneurship to both domestic and international students.

RBS entered a period of hibernation in 2020 following the closure of international borders due to COVID-19.

RBS is relaunching a revitalised Diploma of Business in September 2022 in both on campus and online formats for international and domestic students.


What sets us apart

Informed by Sarina Russo

Our programs have been informed by one of the most celebrated business leaders in Australia.

Applied business acumen

We have a curriculum focused on applying the business acumen required to succeed in a globalised world.

Multiple university articulation

Our articulation agreements with some of Australia's best universities allows you to pathway directly into the second year of your associated Bachelor's Degree

Pracademic faculty

Our faculty embodies a business acumen mindset with members well-rehearsed, both practically and academically in their specialist fields.

The Sarina Russo Group

The Sarina Russo Group is unparalleled in its education network in Australia, operating a Registered Training Organisation (Sarina Russo Institute), English Language School (SRI English) and an Institute of Higher Education (Russo Business School) while also managing James Cook University Brisbane Campus under a licencing agreement. The Sarina Russo Education group is enhanced by JobLinx, a dedicated employment service assisting students to gain work experience through paid part time work, internships, and providing career guidance services.


Vision, Mission and Values

To be a leader in applied higher education, developing graduates with the fundamental knowledge, commercial acumen, and entrepreneurial mindset to achieve success in their chosen industry.

To deliver innovative and relevant courses to emerging and existing leaders, fostering a commitment to lifelong learning while enabling the development of the skills and attributes necessary to contribute to success within an organisation, drive change through an intrapreneurial initiative, or have the capacity to start their own business.

The vision and mission of Russo Business School is expressed in our DNA Diagram.

RBS mission vision dna diagram


RBS programs and services are underpinned by the following values which have been derived from the Sarina Russo Group of Companies.


We act with personal integrity and honesty, ensuring our operations and decision making is transparent and responsible.

Service delivery

We provide high quality and intuitive services to students and stakeholders.

Trust and Respect

Our relationships with students and stakeholders are based on trust, respect, and open communication.


We work in partnership with others and support each other to achieve success.


We are strengthened by the diversity of our learning community and provide an environment where our students, staff and visitors feel welcome, safe and supported.


We strive for continuous improvement through innovation and creativity in our teaching and business operations.


We take ownership and accountability for our actions within a framework of support and encouragement.

Development and Reward

We develop our students to achieve their potential and join them in celebrating their success.

Organisational Structure and Governance

Russo Business School Pty Ltd (ABN 34 601 105 319), trading as Russo Business School, is an Institute of Higher Education fully owned and operated by The Sarina Russo Group.

Russo Business School is governed by a Board of Directors and relies upon its Academic Board and Learning and Teaching Committee to oversee academic governance and quality. Current Board of Director members are:

  • Professor James Jackson
  • Professor Elizabeth Deane 
  • Professor Paul Greenfield AO
  • Mr Colin Buckley 

The Academic Board is chaired by Professor Elizabeth Deane and is made up of academic staff and representatives from Russo Business School, James Cook University and external industry.

Russo Business School Management team is headed by a Chief Executive Officer, Ms Kathleen Newcombe and is supported by:

  • Mr Michael Pennisi, Chief Operating Officer
  • Mr Quentin Underhill, Manager Operations and Standards
  • Ms Jennifer Ah Fock, Diploma Program Manager
  • Mr Geoff Wessling, Dean of Studies

Russo Business School draws on staffing and operational resources provided through Russo Higher Education, trading as James Cook University Brisbane, and Sarina Russo Job Access via Service Level Agreements.


Complaints or Grievances

If students wish to make a complaint or appeal a decision please refer to the Students Complaints and Appeals Policy and Procedure.

Meet our Directors

Meet our Leadership Team


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My end goal was always to graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce but I felt like I needed stepping stones and extra support to get there. The highly trained teachers and supportive student service team at Russo Business School gave me the perfect platform to launch off and I recently completed my Bachelor of Commerce with Torrens University and have commenced full-time work."

Sanjaya Bhatta
RBS Alumnus
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The fees were affordable and the staff were so helpful – I often found myself asking the librarians for assistance with referencing and proofreading. After leaving Russo Business School, I started my Bachelor of Commerce at Griffith University. I started work as a graduate tax accountant at a local tax firm shortly after graduating but recently relocated to the Northern Territory to work as an Employment Consultant for an Indigenous organisation."

Noa Tagicakiverata Jr
RBS Alumnus
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We believe that to be commercially savvy and ultimately successful, a solid foundation in business acumen is key - that is the focus of this Diploma - that is what sets us apart."

Jennifer Ah-Fock
Diploma Program Manager

Where to find us

Our campus is located in the heart of Brisbane City. Brisbane has a large international airport with flights daily to and from countries all over the world and within Australia. It is easy to travel to other Australian states and territories via plane and other modes of transportation.

Address: Sarina Russo Plaza, 349 Queen St, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia

Phone: 1300 727 310

Email: info@rbs.qld.edu.au

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