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:
- Respect and knowledges of First Peoples
- Application of the Sustainability Development Goals
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
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.
Minyahgu, hello my name is Justine Dillon. I am a Yugambeh/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.
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.
First Peoples HDR candidates
PhD Topic: How cognitive, behavioural and environmental behaviours influence breakfast consumption
PhD Topic: Improve work-readiness of Australian accounting graduates commencing in Small to Medium Accounting firms
PhD Topic: Investigating career management capability and opportunities for First Peoples in Australia
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.
New Bachelor of Business
The new Bachelor of Business, commencing in 2021, is the first of its kind in Australia to indigenise the curriculum. Students will gain a greater awareness and understanding of our nations First Peoples, working with them and in their communities.
Engaging with Indigenous business communities
During Engaging with Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander business communities (3100AFE) you'll learn the skills required to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the various business initiatives. You'll learn cross-cultural awareness, competencies and issues involving working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, organisations and communities.
First Peoples scholarships
The Business School offers First Peoples and industry scholarships to support and enhance student experience. Some of our partners include; Stonehouse, Sunsuper, National Australia Bank, Karl Morris, Mainfreight, Bendigo Bank and BusinessPLUS.
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;
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)
Dr Kerry Bodle
Senior Lecturer for Griffith Business School
A descendant of Karendali (Thargomindah), Kalali (Conbar Outstation) and Waka Waka (Cherbourg) First Nation Peoples.
First Peoples Employment Consultant, Griffith University
Bachelor of Business (Events Management and Marketing) Alumni
First Peoples Resources
Indigenous Research Unit
Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics and high degree researchers.
GUMURRII Student Success Unit
GUMURRII is a dedicated support unit for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Council of Elders
Council of Elders works closely with staff and students to help make Griffith a place that encourages Indigenous people to study and work.
First Peoples Health Unit
The First Peoples Health Unit is committed to increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success towards a more highly skilled, highly educated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.
War Memorial Committee
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dedicate Memorial Committee Qld Inc. supported by Griffith University, aims to raise funds, engage professional artists and the broader community to facilitate the establishment of the memorial that commemorates the sacrifices made by these serving men and women of the Australian Defence Force.
Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art
Learn from Indigenous lecturers and focus on traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, media and style, principles and philosophies.
In May 2007, Griffith launched its Statement on Reconciliation—a public declaration of our commitment to promoting an environment valuing the traditions, protocols and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.