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About Us

College Dean, Professor Stephen Boyle

A dynamic and international Business School, the College of Business, Law and Governance (CBLG) delivers a range of future-focused business and law courses across Cairns, Singapore, Townsville and Brisbane1. Under the leadership of the Dean, Professor Stephen Boyle (pictured), the College promotes, fosters, and delivers quality teaching and research with both a local and global reach.

Formed in 2014, a primary emphasis of the College is on developing leaders who are equipped with an understanding of the complexities of doing business and undertaking professional practices as are directly relevant to the ever-evolving Asia Pacific region.

Our Mission

The College of Business, Law and Governance seeks to advance transformative business and law knowledge and develop responsible, innovative professionals who drive positive change in our economies and societies in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. We will partner with industry and the professions to develop future-focused, career ready graduates and undertake research to create impactful solutions that make a difference, locally and globally.

Our Vision

To be recognised as a leading business and law school for the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

Navigating Futures in the Asia Pacific and Beyond

CBLG’s Industry Advisory Board offers a diversity of experience and perspectives and is a valuable source of advice on the College’s strategic direction, the effectiveness of academic program offerings, the future needs of employers, and potential industry and consultancy opportunities.

  • Raelene Eves – Director of People Projects & Employee Experience, Mater Misericordiae Ltd (Chair)
  • Heidi Turner - CEO, Townsville Chamber of Commerce
  • Claudia Brumme-Smith – CEO, Townsville Enterprise Limited
  • Dr David Craig – Director Marketing, Future Students and Admissions, James Cook University
  • Adjunct Professor Colin Dwyer – Economist, Founder of ‘Our Fair Share’ Economic Method
  • Jacqui Francis – Executive Director, Townsville Catholic Education
  • Bernice Hookey – Principal Consultant, Bernice Hookey Consulting and Founder, MZB Empowerment
  • Judge Gregory Lynham – District Court Judge, Northern Circuit Chambers
  • Mica Martin – CEO, Cairns Regional Council
  • Sarah Mort – Co-Founder and Company Director, MiHaven
  • Kathleen Newcombe – CEO, Sarina Russo Group of Companies
  • Aaron Newman – Group Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Country Bank
  • Patricia O'Neill - CEO, Cairns Chamber of Commerce
  • Adjunct Professor Paul Sparshott – Founder and Futurist, Katarno Pty Ltd | Sustainable Cities | Infrastructure
  • Joshua TreviƱo KC – Barrister, Trinity Chambers
  • Carl Valentine – Managing Partner, PVW Partners

Designed in conjunction with industry and the professions, the College’s courses instil future leaders with life-long skills that have practical applications in this age of disruption. Leading-edge study areas reflect global industry needs and challenges including the blue economy, sustainable practice, adaptability, crisis management, creativity, and innovation.

Our courses are designed with a variety of options to facilitate lifestyle and work commitments, whether it be studying online or on campus, or on a full or part time basis. Courses include:

We are committed to embedding the principles of ethics, sustainability and social responsibility into our operations, teaching and research. CBLG is a proud supporter and Advanced Signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management (UN PRME).


Professional Accreditations and Recognitions

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Australian Law School Standards

Bachelor of Laws (and associated joint awards)

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Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI)

Bachelor of Business (Human Resources Management)

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Chartered Accountants Australia, New Zealand

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Master of Professional Accounting, and Master of Professional Accounting-Master of Business Administration.

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CPA Australia

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Master of Professional Accounting, and Master of Professional Accounting-Master of Business Administration.

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Center for Project Innovation

Graduates who complete the Graduate Certificate of Project Management or project management subjects: LB5403:03, LB5246:03, LB5245:03 and LB5247:03 are eligible to be admitted as Certified Project Officers and awarded advanced standing toward higher-level certifications.

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Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB)

Bachelor of Laws (and associated joint awards)

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The Treasury

Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Advising).

1 James Cook University partners with Russo Higher Education Pty Ltd to deliver the programs available at our Brisbane campus.