Overview

With campuses located in key areas in the adjoining states of Queensland and New South Wales, Southern Cross University offers degrees with a strong focus on industry and community collaboration. The result are graduates who are career ready and digitally literate.  

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Why Study in Southern Cross University, Australia

For a "young" university (it's less than 50 years old), Southern Cross University has ranked consistently high in the education sector:

  • SCU is listed in the top 150 universities in the world that are less than 50 years old;
  • The university has been named in the Top 50 of Generation Y universities;
  • In Australia, SCU leads the $13.8m national Farming Together Pilot Program, partnering with the Northern Rivers Co-operatives Alliance and the Australian Government;
  • SCU has been consistently ranked in the top two in Australia for international student support by the International Student Barometer survey;
  • The 2015 Excellence in Research for Austrlia 2015 report awarded the highest possible classification of "well above world standard" for 9 research fields offered by SCU. These include Geochemistry, Oceanography, Environmental Science and Management, Zoology, Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Crop and Pasture Production, Forestry Sciences, Nursing, Complementary and Alternative Medicine;
  • The university sets great store in its personal approach with its students and has consistently ranked in the top two in Australia for international student support by the International Student Barometer survey.

Campuses

This research-intensive university has campuses in Lismore (the main campus), Coffs Harbour, the Gold Coast, and branches in some key cities in Australia as well. 

Located in the Northern Rivers region, the Lismore campus is set on more than 75 hectares. Specialist facilities housed on campus includes the Law Moot Court, Nursing and Massage and Osteopathy Room, Sport and Exercise Science facilities including a Biomechanics laboratory and purpose built facilities for Contemporary Music, Visual Arts and Media students.

The Coffs Harbour campus is located midway between Sydney and Brisbane and offers a friendly learning environment, close to some of the finest surf beaches and a World Heritage listed rainforest. Contemporary teaching facilities include a Nursing laboratory complete with simulated wards, and early childhood teaching facilities.

Only 400 metres from North Kirra Beach and next to the Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta, the Gold Coast campus is the University's newest. With views of the Pacific Ocean, an innovative shared services hub and industry standard facilities, the campus provides a great study environment in a contemporary setting.

The Hotel School Sydney is a unique educational partnership between Southern Cross University and Mulpha Australia, a major player in the hospitality industry. The combination of excellence from Southern Cross University and industry connectivity from Mulpha Australia creates an innovative learning environment. The Hotel School delivers the Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management, Graduate Certificate in International Tourism Management, Graduate Diploma of International Tourism and Hotel Management and the Master of International Tourism and Hotel Management.

Faculties & Departments

Courses are offered in the following areas:

  • Business
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Education
  • Environment, Science and Engineering
  • Health and Human Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Information Technology
  • Law and Justice
  • Tourism and Hospitality

Academic Programs

Nursing and Midwifery

Cost of Living in Australia

The following information about living expenses were lifted from the website of Numbeo which routinely publishes living conditions for a number of cities.  Living expenses / costs are quoted in the Australian Dollar currency and represent the average cost per item.

Item

Sydney

Perth

Melbourne

Adelaide

Canberra

Gold Coast

Cost of Living Index

93.19

92.01

86.10

85.34

83.93

78.60

Meal, inexpensive restaurant

15

20

15

18

20

17

McMeal at McDonalds or an equivalent combo meal

10

10

10

9.99

10

9

Milk, regular 1 liter

1.50

1.43

1.35

1.49

1.42

1.18

Loaf of fresh, white bread 500 g.

2.89

2.57

2.39

2.56

2.50

2.06

Rice white 1 kg.

2.51

3.08

2.66

3.02

2.19

2.88

Eggs, 12 pieces

4.90

4.86

4.81

4.79

4.60

4.07

Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless

10.64

11.54

10.22

10.28

9.63

9.81

Beef round 1 kg. or equivalent back leg, red meat

15.84

15.53

16.03

17.07

14.03

15.45

Apples 1 kg.

4.27

4.01

3.91

4.24

4.22

3.58

Banana 1 kg.

2.71

3.65

3.13

2.75

2.86

2.50

Oranges 1 kg.

3.42

3.99

3.48

3.57

3.20

2.98

Tomato 1 kg.

5.46

4.69

5.06

5.22

4.43

4.55

Potato 1 kg.

3.04

3.16

3.26

3.37

2.66

2.71

Onion 1 kg.

2.75

2.60

2.57

2.58

2.30

2.49

Lettuce 1 head

2.61

2.46

2.74

2.52

2.62

2.32

Water 1.5 liter bottle

2.28

2.24

2.19

1.59

1.83

1.75

Domestic Beer 0.5 liter bottle

4.97

5.29

5.34

4.35

4.63

4.81

One-way ticket, local transport

4

3.90

4

3.80

4.20

4.25

Monthly pass, regular price

160

132.72

144.50

121.80

100

80

Gasoline 1 liter

1.30

1.27

1.29

1.24

1.31

1.30

Toyota Corolla 1.61 97kW Comfort or equivalent car

23,975.03

24,843.07

22,966.54

24,623.75

22,832.50

22,500

Basic utilities e.g. electricity, heating, water, garbage for an 85 sq.m. apartment

180.91

183.80

181.65

263.67

172.68

196.88

1 min pre-paid mobile tariff local, no discounts or plans

0.64

0.28

0.18

0.29

0.12

0.12

Internet 60Mbps or more, unlimited data, cable/ADSL

67.96

73.39

69.28

67.04

74

80.62

1 pair of Levis 501 jeans or similar

102.44

100.21

102.76

91.10

97.19

90.83

1 summer dress in a chain store e.g. Zara, H&M

65.24

70.29

67.49

65.92

74.62

47.27

1 pair Nike mid-range running shoes

140.95

137.12

135.25

124.30

136.39

112.64

1 pair men leather business shoes

153.64

140.54

153.64

133.45

128.75

100.82

Apartment rent 1 bedroom in City Centre

2,622.87

1,632.57

1,756.86

1,430.40

1,800.04

1,502.20

Apartment rent 1 bedroom outside City Centre

1,832.78

1,226.26

1,312.03

1,013.86

1,381.71

1,214.25

Apartment rent 3 bedrooms in City Centre

4,801.28

2,586

3,016.67

2,300.54

2,821.42

2,357.22

Apartment rent 3 bedrooms outside City Centre

2,985.22

1,879.51

2,007.54

1,461.82

2,033

1,854.27

Mortgage annual interest rate

4.31%

4.27%

4.37%

4.42%

4.43%

4.60%

 Cost of living expenses index indicated on the top row are relative to the cost of living in New York City.  If a city has a cost of living plus rent index of 75%, you can expect that consumer goods and rent in that city is 25% lower than what you will find in New York City.

Numbeo. (2017). Cost of Living. [online] Numbeo.com. Available at: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/ [Accessed 17 Jul. 2017].

 

Wages & Salaries in Australia

The minimum wages are reviewed every year by the Fair Work Commission's (or FWC) Expert Panel.  Once the review is concluded, a national minimum wage order is made effective, for the first full pay period on or after July 1 each year. 

Beginning July 1, 2017 the current national minimum wage for Australia is AUD18.29 per hour or AUD694.90 for a 38-hour work week, gross of taxes.  If you are covered by the national minimum wage and are a casual employee, you may be entitled to at least 25% casual loading.

Fair Work Ombudsman (2017). Minimum Wages. [online] Fairwork.gov.au.  https://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/minimum-wages. [Accessed 17 Jul. 2017].

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