11 Jun 2024

Sarina Russo appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)


It is with great  pride and pleasure the Sarina Russo Group today acknowledges our Founder and Managing Director Ms Sarina Russo on being appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) as part of the 2024 King’s Birthday Honours List.

This is an extraordinary recognition of Sarina’s more than 45 years dedication and commitment to changing peoples lives through her significant service to business, to the community, and to employment, vocational education and training.

From humble beginnings as a migrant, failing high school English and unable to keep a job herself, Sarina started her own business with just $2600 giving the commitment to her students she would get them a job.

From that starting point, she has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals and students to obtain vocational, trade and tertiary qualifications and establish a career or start their own business.

Her original promise to make “the Impossible Possible” has led to Sarina helping people get back on their feet and create a future for themselves and their families.

Sarina has drawn on her personal experience providing care for others experiencing disability and other difficulties impacting their capacity to fully engage in work and life.

Over her 45 years in business, Sarina has supported over 113,000 students from 88 countries gain English skills and competitive tertiary level qualifications, well over 250,000 individuals to find employment, complete a trade and gain financial independence and create more than 16,000 new entrepreneurs.

Sarina has demonstrated not only her commitment to helping others but also the power and benefits having a job, building self-confidence and being a role model to the next generation.

To access the full King’s Birthday 2024 Honours List, click here.