Banking and Finance - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Banking and Finance

Australia is home to one of the most sound banking systems in the world

During the 2007 Global Financial Crisis, Australia’s robust and durable banking sector weathered the storm with minimal impact.

Uniquely positioned, Australia’s banking system is based on the four pillars policy which upholds the separation of the ‘big four’ banks – NAB, Commonwealth Bank, ANZ and Westpac – to ensure market competition.

USC’s Executive Study Tour integrates:

You will gain insights into the Australian business community and an understanding of how Australian business leaders are shaping the global market place.

Sample schedule/Activities



 Day 1
Arrive and check-in to hotel

Pick-up at Brisbane airport and check-in to Sunshine Coast hotel.

 Day 2
Tour of the Sunshine Coast and welcome dinner

Tour of the Sunshine Coast and welcome dinner

The tour provides an interesting perspective of some of the Coast’s treasured tourist assets:

  • Noosa Biosphere / National Park: Home to wildlife such as koalas and echidnas along the protected coastline where rainforest meets the sea.

  • Hinterland Montville / Maleny: Explore tropical rainforests and waterfalls.

  • Mount Coolum: A quick and easy hike to the top, at the bottom enjoy Coolum beach.

  • Welcome dinner: Guest speakers will engage you in the possibilities of your future.
 Day 3
Campus tour and Innovation Centre

Experience the blended learning capabilities of USC - Home to the world famous CAVE 2 Visualisation Studio - a blended 2D and 3D learning hub and one of four of its kind in the world.
Meet Australia’s most innovative companies and members of USC Innovation Centre.

 Day 4
Understanding the banking environment and Australian regulatory body

Boardroom briefing by an experienced economist from one of Australia’s “Big 4” banks, who will provide an overview of the Australian Economy in a global context.

 Day 5

Go on an organised tour to Westpac and meet with the Risk and Strategy team to understand the Australian context of managing risk from the perspective of one of the banks that make up the four pillars of the Australian Banking Sector.

 Day 6  
Recalibrating and cultural experience

Visit an iconic Sunshine Coast luxury accommodation business – Spicers Tamarind Retreat.

 Day 7

Site visit to Suncorp bank and meet with the Strategy team and explore the challenges and opportunities faced by a 2nd tier bank in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

3 Day Fraser Island and Great Barrier Reef tour

1 Day Tour of Fraser Island - Fraser Island is a heritage-listed island located along the south-eastern coast of the state of Queensland, Australia. It is the world largest sand island stretching 120kms.

2 Day Tour of Lady Elliot Island - Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, and unspoilt coral reef.