Sarina Russo

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Sarina Russo
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Sarina Russo launches jobactive contract at Sarina Russo Job Access Ringwood with Prime Minister Tony Abbott, September 2015.
Sarina Russo

(1951-06-23) 23 June 1951 (age 69)
OccupationEntrepreneur - Founder and Managing Director Sarina Russo Group

Sarina Russo (born 23 June 1951) is the founder of The Sarina Russo Group.

Early life[edit]

She was born in Castiglione di Sicilia, Italy. Her father Antonio immigrated to Brisbane in 1952, followed by her mother, Maria, and Sarina, Rita and Giuseppe, in 1956. Russo attended St Stephen's Primary School and All Hallows' School.[1]


She worked as a legal secretary and as a part-time typing teacher. Russo launched "The Office Business Academy" in 1979.[2]

In recognition of sustained, outstanding entrepreneurial achievement, Ernst & Young recognised Russo as their "2018 Champion of Entrepreneurship" (Northern Region).[3]

As at 2018, Sarina Russo Job Access operates across more than 200 sites, employs more than 1000 people and helped elevate Russo to the 12th spot on the BRW Women’s Rich List in 2015.[4]

The Sarina Russo Group is made up of: Sarina Russo Job Access Australia; Sarina Russo Recruitment; Sarina Russo Apprenticeships; VOICE Psychologists and Allied Professionals, Sarina Russo Institute, Russo Business School, James Cook University Brisbane, Sarina Russo White House, Sarina Russo Global Initiative (not-for-profit arm) and Sarina Investments.[5]

Russo is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, Queensland Premier’s Annastacia Palaszczuk's Advisory Board,[6] Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World, and a former Trustee of the Jupiter’s Casino Community Benefit Fund since 1995.

Russo is financial contributor to both major Australian political parties, but gives over twice as much to the Liberal Party than Labor.[7]


  1. ^ de Silva, Margaret. (2011). "Candidate # 6: Sarina Russo Archived 2012-03-28 at the Wayback Machine". Person of the Year 2011, bmag. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Entrepreneur - It's a Long Way To The Top" by Mortgage Business 12 March 2008
  3. ^ "Meet the 2018 entrepreneurs". Ernst & Young Global Limited. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  4. ^ Priestley, Angela (16 March 2016). "'Thank you to all the bosses who fired me': Sarina Russo's massive training business". Women's Agenda.
  5. ^ "Sarina Russo - The Hard Way" by Roger Thompson for Harvard Business School Alumni Bulletin December 2006
  6. ^ WARDILL, STEVEN (27 November 2015). "Business Advisory Council member Sarina Russo defends Palaszczuk Government's achievements". The Courier-Mail. NewsLtd.
  7. ^ "Political Donation