About Us

The College of Business, Law and Governance (CBLG) is part of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies and delivers a range of courses in Cairns, Singapore, Townsville and Brisbane*. It is led by the Acting Dean, Professor Elizabeth Spencer and promotes, fosters, supports and administers quality teaching and research across three key areas: law, business, and conflict management and resolution.

Formed in 2014 to provide new opportunities and collaborations for both education and research, a primary focus of the College is ethics, sustainability and governance, as well as an understanding of complex business systems. Our courses equip future leaders with life-long skills that have practical applications in the workplace, and 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.

Our multi-campus locations and world-class academics bring an international perspective to our teaching and research. Leading-edge postgraduate study areas reflect global industry needs and include international business, sustainable practice, creativity and innovation, political science, and information technology.

Together with our academic agenda, CBLG is proud to support a number of community organisations and initiatives across the Cairns and Townsville regions.

*Brisbane campus is operated by Russo Higher Education.

Hear from our Graduates

Debbie-Anne Bender

Cheif Executive Officer; Cairns Chamber of Commerce


On of the benefits studying in Far North Queensland is it’s unique beauty and diversity. You can travel in any direction and enjoy different landscapes, activities and personalities.  Studying the MBA built on my existing knowledge and also provided me with insight and exposure to different industries. While studying my MBA at JCU I built valuable networks and relationships with students and lecturers. It was a pleasure to learn from experienced lecturers with high level of knowledge and commerce acumen. The various study modes allowed me to continue to work and study without impacting my career.

Emily Reid

Marketing Manager; TAFE QUEENSLAND

“I relocated from NSW to study in Cairns and never left. I completed a Bachelor of Business (major in Marketing) in 2007 through JCU – Cairns. I have fond memories of my educational journey at JCU. The small classes made me feel noticed, and it enabled me to have greater access to my lecturers and faculty staff.  The social experience together with the theoretical learnings I took away were valuable, and provided me with foundational skills and opportunities to embark on a career is hospitality and marketing. Post university I worked in sales and marketing for 4 and 5 star hotels in Far North Queensland, and ended up moving from hospitality into education and training, and for the last 9 years have been employed by TAFE Queensland in both the Business Development and Marketing teams. I currently hold the position of Marketing Manager and oversee a dedicated team of marketers and manage the marketing activations and strategy for the 18 x campuses that sit in the north region for TAFE Queensland.”