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In 1883, Stott’s College was established as the first Australian institute to offer specialised business training. In 2013, Stott’s College, Melbourne Language Centre and Front Cooking School officially began trading under the parent company of Acknowledge Education. What began as a small typewriter training institute in Melbourne nearly 140 years ago has since expanded to additional campuses in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. Keep reading to learn more about the fascinating history behind this historic institute.



Acknowledge Education opens the second campus in Oxford Street in Darlinghurst (Sydney) .


Chien Vu is appointed the Chief Executive Officer at Acknowledge Education.


Acknowledge Education’s CEO, Chien Vu.


Acknowledge Education opens the third campus in Bourke Street in Melbourne CBD.


Acknowledge Education opens the second campus in Murray Street in Perth CBD.


Acknowledge Education opens Brisbane campus.


Diploma of Practical Accounting (Higher Education) was established for both
Melbourne and Perth campuses.


Diploma of Nursing received accreditation by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

Perth campus run Bachelor of Business and Advanced Diploma of Business.

Diploma of Community Services course expands to the Sydney and Perth campuses.


Acknowledge Education moves its headquarters from the Carlton campus to 168 Exhibition St in the Melbourne CBD.

Acknowledge Education present Melbourne campus

Acknowledge Education Melbourne City campus


Acknowledge Education Perth Campus.

Acknowledge Education Perth Campus

Diploma of Community Services program receives accreditation and begins operating out of Melbourne.


Stott’s College expands to a campus in Barangaroo, Sydney.


Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) commences.


The Bachelor of Business (Community Services Management) commenced. In 2018, this course merged into Bachelor of Community Services.


The Diploma of Community Services commences. Originally named Diploma of Community Welfare Work but changed in 2015 due changes in VET. It was accredited by Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). The course was put on hiatus between 2013-2016.


The Bachelor of Business (Double Major Accounting) was accredited by NIA
(National Institute of Accountants). All students that graduated from a Bachelor of Business could gain professional accreditation in Australia with NIA, an assessing authority for Australia’s General Skilled Migrant Program.


Stott’s College gained Higher Education Degree accreditation.


VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) program commenced in the Stott’s Secondary Program.


The Australian Surf Industry Training school was accredited by AQTF (Australian Quality Training Framework). This course allowed to develop markets in Europe, South America and in the domestic market.


The Box Hill campus is opened, focusing on High School Preparation (HSP). The program prepares students for independent schools in the eastern suburbs region of Melbourne.

Stott’s year 11 & 12 VCE program commenced in the city. The program was initiated due to the growth of the Chinese market, and the need for an in house pathway course following English. This allowed Stott’s to develop a strong Chinese market as an offshore ‘letter of offer’ was required from the principal education provider to allow students to come to Australia for English language.


Acknowledge Education acquired Stott’s Business College, then named it Stott’s College. It is owned and operated by a common board. Stott’s College is widely regarded as one Australia’s oldest running Colleges with more than 120 years history in providing various professional training.

Suzanne Jackson is appointed the head of Stott’s College and CEO of Acknowledge Education.

Acknowledge Education's CEO, Suzanne Jackson.

Acknowledge Education’s CEO, Suzanne Jackson.

Stott’s College establishes a campus in Elizabeth St, Melbourne.

Stott's College, Elizabeth St Melbourne Campus (1998-2009).

Stott’s College, Elizabeth St Melbourne Campus (1998-2009).


Stott’s College named as Stott’s Secretarial College.


Stott's Business College, Perth campus in 1979.

Stott’s Business College, Perth campus in 1979.


Mr D. Sharp, principal of Stott's Business College.

Mr D. Sharp, principal of Stott’s Business College.

Mr D. Sharp is appointed principal of Stott’s Business College.


Stott's Business College in Melbourne.

Stott’s Business College in Melbourne.

Stott’s Business College building estimated to be from 1930’s or 1940’s in Melbourne.


Newspaper Advertisement of Stott's Business College in Perth.

Newspaper Advertisement of Stott’s Business College in Perth.

Stott’s Business College Perth.


Community notice announcing the relocation of Stott's Business College to Russel St, Melbourne.

Community notice announcing the relocation of Stott’s Business College to Russel St, Melbourne.

Due to the growth in the student population of Stott’s Business and Correspondence Colleges (with enrolments exceeding 1000 students), it moved from Collins St to a much larger building in Russell St. Stott’s was the only institute of it’s kind to occupy an entire city building. There was 4 departments at the time including the Commercial, Shorthand, Typewriting and Accountancy. Day and evening classes were offered as well as courses tailor towards high school student.


Stott’s College football team photo.

Stott's College Football team photo in 1911.

Stott’s College Football team photo in 1911.


Stott’s College has campuses across major cities in Australia and New Zealand including Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, and Dunedin.

Stott's Business College campuses across Australia and New Zealand.

Stott’s Business College campuses across Australia and New Zealand.


Chief Instructor of the Commerce Department, Mr C.H. Holmes, assumed the position of Headmaster.

Stott's Business College Football Team visits Adelaide in 1909.

Stott’s Business College Football Team visited Adelaide in 1909.

Stott’s Business College Football team visited Adelaide.


John Henry Starling who later became Secretary to the Australian Governor General won a scholarship to the Stott’s & Hoare Business College.


Stott’s College was founded by its principal Sydney Stott, making it the first institute in Australia to provide specialised business training. Sydney Stott had a business in partnership with William Hoare selling typewriters. This was the first introduction of typewriters in Australia and hence part of Stott’s motivation was to skill the Australian workforce in the use of typewriters.

Sydney Stott, founded of Stott's College.

Sydney Stott, founder of Stott’s College.