Bachelor of Business Administration (Away from Base)

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
Attendance, Multi-mode
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$14281 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2024
Applications open August 2023
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Not available


This course has been specially designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to learn what it takes to lead community, innovate and problem-solve in fast-changing business environments. 

Gain a good understanding of the fundamentals of business by starting off with four foundation units (managing money, people, markets and working with IT). As a generalist degree, you will then be free to choose any business subjects we offer rather than specialise.

This program aims to build Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professional leaders who can apply a cultural and community lens to navigating the real-life complexities of corporate decision-making.

We offer an integrated program of knowledge, theory, personal development, and practical professional experience. You’ll have opportunities to practice new skills, test your understanding, demonstrate your problem-solving and leadership abilities, and investigate ethical issues.

We know that practical experience is important for you, so it’s important for us. Our work integrated learning programs prepare you for the future world of work and build your employability skills, foster an entrepreneurial mindset and hone your communication and project management skills.

Flexible delivery

Balance your work, study, home and community commitments. Our Indigenous business program is delivered through a mix of online learning, and intensive residential delivery held at our Strathfield Campus each semester.

Learn from experts

Qualified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lecturers work alongside staff from the Peter Faber Business School to bring research, professional expertise and cultural contexts to your learning.

Stand out, fit in

Choose a university where you won’t get lost in the crowd. Your learning experience will be enhanced by our small class sizes. You’ll connect with your classmates, form close ties with your lecturers and tutors and receive excellent teaching and learning support.

Indigenous support

Learn about our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student services. Our Indigenous Higher Education Units on each campus offer academic and cultural support in a welcoming and culturally safe space.

Professional experience

You will be required to complete a compulsory community engagement unit featuring between 35 and 70 volunteer hours (within your local community) and have the option of completing a professional experience unit consisting of 105 placement hours.

Work placement

Our Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs give you the essential job-ready skills and experiences as part of all our degrees. Through a community engagement placement, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the contributions of social enterprises with a not-for-profit organisation in your local community. Then you’ll have the option of completing a professional experience elective where you can bridge the gap between academic studies and real-world working environments. You’ll complete 105 hours of work experience in organisations in your home community or virtually from accounting, marketing, management, human resources to IT.

Professional recognition

As the Bachelor of Business Administration is a ‘generalist’ degree, it is not intended to fulfill the requirements for membership in a professional organisation and does not meet the requirements for entry into CPA programs. These requirements are met by other ACU business degrees, such as the Bachelor of Commerce or the Bachelor of Accounting and Finance. 


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • general management
  • marketing
  • human resource management
  • business analysis
  • policy administration
  • market research
  • international trade and investment
  • purchasing, and trading management
  • financial management
  • advertising

Industry partnerships

We enjoy deep industry connections with many well-known organisations across Australia. Our relationships with these organizations include internships, guest lectures, international study tours and collaborations with industry, community and government departments to undertake consulting and research projects with industry partners. 

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Business Administration, a student must complete 240 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1 - Semester 1

BUSN113 Managing People and Organisations

BUSN111 Working with Technology

BUSN104 Money Matters

BUSN112 Managing Markets

Year 1 - Semester 2

Business Elective 1

Business Elective 2

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society


PHCC102 Being Human


PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

Elective 1

Year 2 - Semester 1

HRMG204 Organisational Behaviour

ECON200 Economics: Policy Frameworks and Markets

BAFN200 Principles of Finance

ITEC200 Data and Information Management

Year 2 - Semester 2

ITEC201 Fundamentals of Information Technology

BIPX202 Community Engagement: Building Strengths and Capabilities

Business Elective 3*

Elective 2

Year 3 - Semester 1

ENTR301 Managing Entrepreneurship and Innovation

MKTG207 Marketing Toolkit

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World


PHCC320 The Just Society

Elective 3

Year 3 - Semester 2

MGMT304 Strategic Management

BIPX301 Professional Experience

Business Elective 4

Elective 4

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12, or equivalent:


New South Wales

English (Standard) (Band 2) or EAL (Band 3)

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission. These are the specific admission rules for Bachelor of Business Administration (Away from Base):

  • Application for admission to ACU by direct entry
  • Confirmation of Aboriginality or Stat Dec is required as this mode is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students only
  • Students are required to be in receipt of or applying for AbStudy Allowance or AbStudy Incidentals

Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process. 

Learn more about access schemes 

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

For current year 12 students 

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above. 

For non-school leavers 

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements. 

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study. 

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process. 

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. 

Learn more about recognition of prior learning 

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.

If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.

You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.

If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

Further study

Bachelor Degree graduates may be eligible to progress to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, eg Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to Master’s degree programs.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$14281 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

Search our scholarships

Staff Profile

Dr Sugumar Mariappanadar

Senior Lecturer

Dr Sugumar Mariappanadar is a senior lecturer in management and human resource management at the Peter Faber School of Business in Melbourne. His teaching and publications cover sustainable human resource management, human resource measurement, organisational behaviour, and culturally indigenous management practices.

Associate Professor Dr Nasir Butrous

Discipline Leader in Management and HR

Associate Professor Nasir Butrous specialises in and is Discipline Leader of, Management and HR at the Peter Faber Business School. He has been a member of the faculty board for over 10 years, a campus community engagement coordinator

for five years, and a member of the university senate for two years. Associate Professor Butrous’s research and special interest areas include management and leadership, organisational behaviour, strategic decision-making, women in management and leadership positions, and ethical business leadership.


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