Indigenising the new Bachelor of Business

Griffith University and the Business School has a long relationship with local and national First Peoples though our learning and teaching, research and engagement. Our commitment to supporting First Peoples is achieved by creating cultural equity and understanding in the communities we serve.

The design of our new Bachelor of Business degree demonstrates this commitment. The degree's multi-disciplinary and values-driven curriculum is underpinned by:

These values are enveloped by Griffith's strong social justice agenda. The new Bachelor of Business has been developed to introduce students to the importance of understanding First Peoples Knowledge in a business context including; from multiple perspectives, different disciplines and from the first year to the last.

Graduates with these skills and knowledge will not only hold a unique and distinctive edge in graduate employment but will most importantly learn a lifelong and life-changing understanding of Australian First Peoples.

Banner artwork by Brisbane Aboriginal artist and business graduate, Gaala Watson.

Acknowledgement of Country

Griffith University acknowledges the people who are the traditional custodians of the land, pays respect to the Elders, past and present, and extends that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Google earth map of Aboriginal names of suburbs in the Gold Coast region

Minyahgu, hello my name is Justine Dillon. I am a Kombumerri traditional owner and I welcome you.

Griffith's South Bank, Nathan and Mount Gravatt campuses are situated on the land of the Yugarabul, Yuggera, Jagera and Turrbal peoples. Logan is situated on the land of the Yuggera, Turrbal, Yugarabul, Jagera and Yugambeh peoples. The Gold Coast is situated on the land of the Yugambeh/Kombumerri peoples.


The Business School is committed to improving First Peoples research impact, employment capacity and opportunities for First Peoples researchers through many initiatives.

ARC Indigenous Project

This project is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery grant. The aim of the project is to provide a foundation for increasing the economic independence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs. We propose to achieve this through investigating the impact of financial and commercial literacy levels of small business performance, to identify current constraints and future approaches to boosting economic development opportunities in urban, regional and remote areas of Australia.

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2021 Inaugural Indigneous Research Careers Symposium

The purpose of this symposium is to provide information for HDR and PhD students to undertake research in key priority areas reported by Closing the Gap Report 2021: Education and Employment. Closing the Gap began in response to a call for governments to commit to achieving equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in health and life expectancy within a generation. The report highlights that the key priority areas of employment and education are still a major concern. Millions of dollars are injected into the economy to increase self-employment, and financial literacy education to ensure success. There is a need for further research to understand why these improvements have not translated into closing the gap between Indigenous education and employment outcomes. These should help future government policy initiatives. This workshop will focus on outstanding research questions and findings that can help accelerate improvements in life outcomes, programs and services which need to be designed, developed, and implemented in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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First Peoples HDR candidates

Jessica Harris

PhD Topic: How cognitive, behavioural and environmental behaviours influence breakfast consumption

Supervisors: Dr Julia Carins, Professor Sharyn Rundle-Thiele and Dr Patricia David

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Sharon Hayes

PhD Topic: Improve work-readiness of Australian accounting graduates commencing in Small to Medium Accounting firms

Supervisors: Professor Brett Freudenberg, Dr. Craig Cameron, Dr. Kerry Bodle

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Corie Duff

PhD Topic: Investigating career management capability and opportunities for First Peoples in Australia

Supervisors: Associate Professor Mohan Thite, Professor Kate Hutchings and Dr. Kerry Bodle

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Bartholomew Standford

PhD Topic: The relationship between Indigenous institutions and local governments

Supervisors: Professor Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh and Professor Duncan McDonnell

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Learning and Teaching

Griffith has the largest Indigenous-student population of any Queensland university. The Business School is committed to enhancing our First Peoples success and transforming Non-First Peoples experiences in First Peoples business through many initiatives.

2021 Inaugural Indigneous Research Careers Symposium

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We recognise the unique place of First Peoples in our history and culture and the importance of respecting Indigenous knowledge, culture and talent talent. We engage with community organisations, industry and coordinate programs and projects which serve community, industry and partner needs. We engage with our Elders as the custodians of Indigenous knowledge and recognise that their knowledge is paramount to achieving the Business School’s mission in First Peoples Knowledge.


Griffith has led the way nationally in its support for Indigenous students, celebrating diversity, practicing inclusiveness and encouraging participation with Australia's first student support unit for Indigenous Australians and the First Council of Elders. Our notable alumni include;

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First Peoples staff spotlight

Griffith has the second largest number of  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academic staff in Australia, boasting a rich and diverse staff community. We put a spotlight on some of our remarkable First Peoples academics, alumni and staff.

Professor Cindy Shannon

Pro Vice Chancellor (Indigenous) 

A descendent of the Ngugi people and one of Australia’s foremost higher education Indigenous leaders, Cindy is Griffith's first Pro Vice Chancellor (Indigenous)

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Dr Kerry Bodle

Senior Lecturer for Griffith Business School

A descendant of Karendali (Thargomindah), Kalali (Conbar Outstation) and Waka Waka (Cherbourg) First Nation Peoples.

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Joshua Long

First Peoples Employment Consultant, Griffith University

Bachelor of Business (Events Management and Marketing) Alumni

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Griffith Business School has over 220 academic staff engaged in learning, teaching and research activities.