Supporting students is of the utmost importance at The Hotel School. Not only do we want you to achieve academically and start a dream career in a hotel, but we want you to enjoy your experience every day. Study can be difficult to manage, especially if you are living away from home and working at the same time. We are here to support you.

The following services are available

  • Academic skills support
  • Counselling service
  • Careers coaching service
  • WIL Connect
  • Equity and disability support
  • Student equity

Academic skills support

The Hotel School offers a diverse array of academic support services to help students develop the academic skills necessary to successfully progress through their course. The Academic Support team run weekly workshops on general study aspects such as referencing, research, report writing and understanding elements of assessment. Additional sessions are also provided as tutorial add-ons and these workshops will help you with specific assignments. The Hotel School Academic Support team can also offer one on one advice to students via Zoom or Face to Face on campus. Students can also send the team assignment drafts for feedback and guidance before submission. Our academic support team are specialists in teaching and learning and come with a wealth of experience in supporting both domestic and international students achieve their full potential.

Counselling service

  • Short-term counselling for personal or interpersonal issues
  • Ongoing counselling and support for students presenting with high levels of stress and more complex personal problems
  • Assistance for times when you may be concerned about a student in crisis
  • Group programs, including Health and Wellbeing for Academic Success and Mindfulness, Meditation and Relaxation
  • Self-help and information leaflets
  • Referral to local counselling services long-term or specialised help is needed

The professional counsellors are located on campus at The Hotel School in both Sydney and Melbourne, offering assistance to all students. Services are free and confidential, and the counsellors are friendly and caring.

Counselling can help students to increase their enjoyment of study and university life by reducing the effects of stress and anxiety caused by study pressures, personal or family problems. Counselling is a positive experience that can help you feel more in charge of your life. It can assist with decision-making, help to introduce new perspectives and skills, clarify goals, and increase understanding of your emotional world. Sometimes we can all benefit from a helping hand to work through life's challenges.

The Hotel School counsellors offer a range of support to students via email, telephone, Skype, as well as face to face counselling consultations by appointment. Same-day appointments without notice can also be given wherever possible.

Make an appointment in Sydney


Telephone: 02 8249 3227

Make an appointment in Melbourne


Telephone: 03 9601 3400

Make an appointment in Brisbane


Telephone: 07 3739 2400

Make an appointment in Hayman Island


Telephone: 07 3739 2400

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Out-of-hours assistance

  • Lifeline (24-hours-a-day), call 13 11 14
  • Southern Cross University out-of-hours crisis support line, call 1300 782 676

Southern Cross University students also have out-of-hours access to a text-based crisis support service. To access out-of-hours crisis support students should text a message to 0488 884 143, the text will be directed to a trained crisis supporter who will respond immediately by text.

Careers Support

Every student has access to a qualified Career Consultant who can help you develop an individual career plan aligned with your career goals, interests and abilities, depending on the stage of your career. Included is access to personal consultations, plus a range of career development learning opportunities each semester including workshops on topics such as:

  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Effective job search
  • Building and managing your personal brand
  • Using LinkedIn
  • Interview skills

Students can also access a mentor from the Hospitality and Tourism industry through the Southern Cross University (SCU) Bright Futures Mentoring program. Our students embrace this valuable opportunity to explore their career path and benefit from the knowledge and advice of an experienced professional who is a graduate of The Hotel School or SCU.

The Hotel School offers students access to SCU’s online career development learning and employability platform, Career Success, which is available 24/7. It provides the latest career advice, job opportunities, industry insights, as well as state-of-the-art interactive tools to help you become more employable.

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WIL Connect

‘WIL connect’ are dedicated windows of time throughout the study sessions, where students can talk to the Work Integrated Learning team about the WIL academic units of study or WIL professional development activities.

NEW FREE Graduate Placement Service

The Tourism and Hospitality industry has endless career opportunities, and finding the right role when you graduate is important.

Our free graduate placement service is available to all students and is also accessible for up to 12 months after graduation. It provides practical support in securing graduate employment.

You will have access to over 10,000 employment opportunities*, as well as a personalised career consultancy service to help you:

  • Identify your skills and strengths, and areas you want to work on
  • Research organisations and career paths
  • Identify suitable job opportunities, aligned with your career plan
  • Prepare your resume and cover letter
  • Practise your interview skills and make a positive ‘first impression’
  • Create your online profile so that you are visible to employers

Our Career Consultants will work with you, to ensure that you are confident in applying for, and successfully securing the right graduate role.

As an added bonus, ongoing support will be provided for the first 6 months once you’ve secured and commenced your graduate role.

*Based on 2019 vacancies advertised through The Hotel School online career portal.

Equity and disability support

The Hotel School counsellor offers a range of support to students with disabilities and/or medical conditions which may impact on their ability to succeed at university, and who may be eligible for academic adjustments. The Hotel School counsellor liaises with staff at the Southern Cross University Equity and Disability Support Service, as well as academic staff to ensure that students receive the assistance they require. Please see The Hotel School counsellor as early as possible at the beginning of each session to ensure you receive the assistance you need.

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Student Equity

The Hotel School counsellors offer a range of support to students who are concerned about access to mediation processes which are intended to settle issues of discrimination, or grievances regarding academic or administrative decisions.

FEE-HELP and Financial Support

If you are a current student facing financial hardship, please contact to discuss the different options available to you.

Got a question?

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