About us

Learn about the beliefs that drive Open Universities Australia's future, and the past that shaped our organisation.

Who we are

Open Universities Australia (OUA) is the destination for online higher education. We’re a platform that helps students explore hundreds of degrees from leading Australian universities online.

As a not-for-profit organisation, we’ve got students’ best interests at heart and champion everyone who wants to learn.

It's this approach that has lead us to be the longest established and most recalled brand in online education in Australia.

Our beliefs

We know that education has the power to change lives, and believe that quality education should be available to anyone, anywhere, at any time – regardless of previous experience.
OUA student Keith
Keith - Studied OH&S and environmental management with ACU, through Open Universities Australia.

Our history

Originally founded in 1993 as Open Learning Australia, we’ve stayed true to our beliefs since the beginning.

Throughout the years, we’ve worked hard to empower students of all backgrounds with choice and guidance—so that they can find their best fit.

When Open Learning Australia became Open Universities Australia in 2004, we continued this mission, expanding our catalogue even further.

To this day, we continue to work hard to bring new and exciting courses, and universities, into our catalogue so that students can achieve their goals.

What we promise you

It begins with a commitment to helping you find the right course. Our student advisors are dedicated to providing impartial guidance so that you can make the right study decision for your future career, and for your current lifestyle.

Beyond this, we make starting study possible, regardless of where life may have taken you before.

When it comes to removing financial barriers to education, we can help there too. We’re the only non-university organisation in Australia that offers government funding for individual units of study.

Our people

OUA executive team

Meet the Board of Directors and Executive Team who live and breathe Open Universities Australia's passion for accessible education.

Celebrating over 25 years of making education accessible to all

For us, this year is about celebrating our incredible and inspiring students, who for 25 years have been juggling study with their busy lives to achieve their goals and fulfil their dreams.”

—Stuart Elmslie, CEO

We’ve got a lot to celebrate. Learn more about our journey and the lives we’ve transformed through the power of education.