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Be part of Australia's leading higher education marketplace.
From national marketing campaigns extending the reach of your brand, to opportunities to help bring new programs online quickly, OUA provides the support and services universities are looking for. The OUA marketplace is a risk-free way for universities to complement their on-campus student cohort.
OUA offers universities a non-exclusive agreement. University partners have control over pricing and distribution, and are free to bring as many new programs, majors, minors and course units to the OUA portfolio as they wish. The ability for universities to set their own prices and offering gives universities control of their competitive positioning.
OUA’s unique status in the Higher Education Support Act 2003 allows students to use FEE-HELP loans for full-fee study, opening a revenue stream above your capped Commonwealth Government Scheme funding.
We’re welcoming you and your university to be part of Australia’s leading higher education marketplace by offering your online degrees, subjects or both, at AQF Level 5 and above, through us, at open.edu.au.
We found that we’ve grown our enrolment significantly online working with OUA…we’ve been able to expand our reach to students all over Australia.”
—Prof. Jill Downie, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Curtin University.
Extend the reach and awareness of your brand across Australia. As the destination for online higher education, OUA is marketed nationally, every day of the year.
The OUA brand is the most recognised brand in online education, leading the Higher Education category. More recognised than some universities outside of a student’s home state, OUA’s national brand strength is reflected in our ability to deliver enrolments from around the country that complement your home-state on-campus enrolments.
Our marketing experts work with your marketing team to ensure your branding is represented in accordance with your guidelines. We bring your programs to life in ways that resonate with prospective students. In-house digital, creative design and video production capabilities complement our team of media channel experts, enabling OUA to respond quickly to competitor activity.
Access a world class student enrolment services team and attract more students from a wider geographical area who may not otherwise be able to study your programs.
OUA attracts a different kind of student to the typical on-campus student. Complementing a younger cohort who is often seeking an on-campus experience, OUA students are generally older, working full-time and choose to study online because it suits their busy lifestyle.
- On average, 77% of OUA students study with universities located outside of their home state.
- OUA attracts a higher proportion than average of Indigenous students with 3% of our current students being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island decent.
- 8% of OUA students have a disability
- 13% of students speak a language other than English at home.
Our diversity continues socio-demographically with 24% of OUA students living in regional areas of Australia and complementing the traditional on-campus school leaver market, 57% of the OUA student body is aged over 30 years.
OUA can help minimise the risk of higher attrition through Open Access.
Complementing your on-campus student cohort, Open Access can make tertiary education a viable option for students that would not otherwise study higher education. It can act as a funnel into Commonwealth supported places upon successful completion of minimum entry requirements.
Open Access to single units can also reduce the risk of incompletion, whilst enabling other students to fast-track their progression.
To help realise the benefits we provide and bring programs into the marketplace quickly, OUA offers ready and available solutions for continued growth. Universities can decide whether they want OUA to market their programs via our Lead Referral Services or enjoy the benefits of OUA’s traditional Full-Service offering.
OUA has been offering programs online since 1996. We are experts in the online marketplace for higher education.
We use data from a range of commercial, government and proprietary sources to monitor market performance and drive business and marketing strategy. The collection and analysis of student data at a unit, degree and discipline level enables the benchmarking of student academic progress, and student satisfaction and feedback. Longitudinal studies also give insights into continuous improvement efforts and strategies.
Each university has access to a bespoke online dashboard that provides real time data and insights across a range of variables such as enrolments and other performance indicators of their choosing.
Using Student Satisfaction data, OUA can rank units across a range of categories at the end of each study term. The data is assessed against additional criteria and key performance requirements agreed to with partner universities to finalise selection. The OUA Recognition Scheme acknowledges and highlights staff who demonstrate excellence in the teaching of students studying online.
Higher Education Market Opportunities Overview
2019 promises to be yet another interesting year for Australian Universities and the higher education sector. OUA provides insights from a range of data sources to aid planning for the year ahead, as well as offering perspectives from our corporate partners. For insights on our market landscape and opportunities to bring new programs into the OUA marketplace, request a copy of the third edition of our annual Market Opportunities Overview.Request a copy
A community of universities can do things that a single university can’t.
From economies of scale in marketing and student administration, to unique opportunities to benchmark and learn from each other, being part of a unique community has advantages. The opportunity for collaboration offers students an unprecedented level of choice and flexibility in designing their own programs. For universities that are a part of Australia’s premier marketplace for online higher education, offering the country’s largest number of programs, there are financial benefits too.
Universities benefit by being able to cost-effectively and quickly launch new programs by drawing on a large pool of existing units, minors and majors from across OUA’s extensive portfolio.
Quality Assurance Framework
Protecting the reputation of participating university partners by supporting their commitment to quality is paramount. OUA encourages the development and continuous improvement of online offerings via an evidence-based approach, with OUA sharing information and insights to aid decision making and collaborative efforts.
We're committed to working with universities to further expand access to their programs and to reach new student audiences.
To help universities develop and deliver new programs into the OUA portfolio, OUA has launched the Rapid Development Fund (RDF) which provides funding in the form of grants.
In 2018, $1 million is available to help universities develop and deliver new programs into the OUA portfolio.
Funding is intended to support the design, development and project management costs associated with preparing programs and units to be offered to students for online study through OUA’s program portfolio.
Rapid Development Funding in action at Curtin University
Watch Julie Brunner, Curtin University’s Academic Programs Coordinator, explain how the RDF helps Curtin University add new programs to Australia's leading higher education marketplace.
Download our brochure to learn how our 3-step grant process works.
Current university partners
OUA students can study complete degree programs and single units from many Australian universities. This unrivalled collaboration of universities enables OUA to offer more than 1,580 units in over 280 programs across seven disciplines—arts, business, education, health, IT, law and science & engineering—at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Australian Catholic UniversitySt Patrick's Campus, Locked Bag 4115, Fitzroy MDC, Fitzroy VIC 3065 Australia (03) 9953 3000 http://www.acu.edu.au/
Established in 1991 after amalgamating four eastern Australian Catholic tertiary institutes, Australian Catholic University now has seven campuses, from Brisbane to Melbourne and welcomes students of all beliefs. Specialising in arts, business, education, health sciences, law, theology and philosophy, ACU encourages its students to think critically and ethically and bring change to their communities and offer this online through Open Universities Australia.
ANU is a world-leading university in Australia’s capital city, Canberra. Their location points to their unique history, ties to the Australian Government and special standing as a resource for the Australian people. Their focus on research as an asset, and an approach to education, ensures their graduates are in demand the world-over for their abilities to understand, and apply vision and creativity to addressing complex contemporary challenges. ANU offers an outstanding variety of programs for Australia's next generation of language leaders. Their innovative online subjects are offered from beginning to advanced levels via OUA, and various enrolment options provide for different student needs and goals.
Curtin UniversityGPO Box U1987, Perth, Western Australia, 6845, Australia 1300 222 888 http://www.curtin.edu.au/
Start your career with Curtin’s globally recognised courses and extensive industry connections. Through OUA, our online courses offer an interactive and collaborative learning experience that gets you the same degree as if you studied on campus. Curtin is a global university with a vibrant culture of innovation and collaboration and is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.
Sturt Road, Bedford Park, South Australia, 5042(08) 8201 3911 https://www.flinders.edu.au/
Flinders University is a globally-focused, locally-engaged institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and research. We offer world‐class education that develops the critical and creative thinking skills to support a student’s success. Our courses offered through OUA span business, education and law. They are designed with flexibility in mind, while delivering the advanced qualifications to take careers to the next step.
Griffith UniversityLogan Campus, Griffith University, Queensland 4131, Australia (07) 3382 1999 https://www.griffith.edu.au/
With a network of campuses across Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Griffith University is committed to progressive multidisciplinary teaching and research and a valuable online provider with Open Universities Australia. Already attracting students from more than 122 countries, Griffith's dedication to academic excellence is available across Australia through OUA.
La Trobe UniversityLa Trobe University, VIC 3086, Australia (03) 9479 2064 http://www.latrobe.edu.au/
The third university established in Victoria, La Trobe University has a diverse community of more than 33,000 students and staff. Its commitment to excellence in teaching and research prepares students to make a bold and positive impact in today's global community. La Trobe provides Open Universities Australia with its core tenets, entrepreneurship and sustainability.
Macquarie UniversityBalaclava Road, North Ryde, New South Wales 2109, Australia (02) 9850 7470 http://www.mq.edu.au/
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
Murdoch UniversitySouth Street, Murdoch, WA 6150, Australia (08) 9360 2844 http://www.murdoch.edu.au/
This research-based university in Perth has a strong interdisciplinary focus and a reputation for outstanding teaching and ground-breaking research. With more than 22,000 students and 2,000 staff from over 90 countries, and campuses in Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch embraces free thinking, shared ideas and knowledge to make a difference, and Open Universities Australia is certainly part of that.
Swinburne University of TechnologyPO Box 218, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia 1300 794 628 http://www.swinburne.edu.au/
Swinburne University of Technology leads the way with innovative and new ways of teaching, learning and thinking. It offers a wide range of study options, from pre-apprenticeships, undergraduate, postgraduate and PhDs, including online degrees with Open Universities Australia. Swinburne is known for career-oriented education and encouraging lifelong learning.
University of New EnglandUniversity of New England, Armidale, New South Wales 2351, Australia (02) 6773 2000 http://www.une.edu.au/
The University of New England is the only Australian public university to be awarded the maximum 5 stars for Overall Experience by the Good Universities Guide, 13 years in a row. UNE has delivered distance education since 1955—that’s longer than any other Australian university. Perhaps that’s why students continue to rate UNE so highly for student satisfaction and teaching quality. With over 170 degrees offered online, and more than 20,000 online students, UNE is the expert in online education.
University of South AustraliaGPO Box 2471, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia (08) 8302 6145 https://www.unisa.edu.au/
The University of South Australia, UniSA, is ranked in the top 10 universities nationally and amongst the very best young universities in the world. They offer over 200 world-class degrees that are informed by industry and delivered with a highly practical approach to teaching and learning. In fact, they are South Australia’s number one university for graduate careers. They are a valuable partner with Open Universities Australia.