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 led 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. -- Stuart Elmslie, Chief Executive Officer

Open Universities Australia student, Keith, in a workplace setting.
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 can help guide you to the right funding option for you, and access government funding for single subjects and degrees.

Our people

OUA Senior Leadership Team: (from left) Andi Saunders, Stuart Elmslie, Anthony Elliott, and Catherine Reynolds.
Senior Leadership Team: (from left) Andi Saunders, Stuart Elmslie, Anthony Elliott, and Catherine Reynolds.

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

30 years of Open Universities Australia

We’re celebrating three decades of empowering over 500,000 learners to access the education that’s right for them.

The 30 Years Series

As part of our 30 Years Series, we take a moment to celebrate the achievements of students who have studied through Open Universities Australia.

We delve into their career highlights and glean insights from their study journeys. We’re inspired by these lifelong learners and excited about their goals for the future.