Study support

Feel supported and well-connected during your studies. Remember, there's always someone who can help you get where you're going.


Open Universities Australia is here to guide you through course selection, enrolment and study planning. Meanwhile, your university will be by your side for academic help—such as discussing assignments.

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Student counselling

Free and confidential counselling

If you're struggling with something personal or worried about anything—whether it relates to your study or not—knowing there's someone you can talk to can really help.

When you’re studying online through us you can access free and confidential* appointments with professionally-qualified counsellors. This short-term, solution-focused service can help you:

  • Work through stresses relating to student life.
  • Deal with study anxiety.
  • Look after any health or welfare issues that are affecting your studies.
  • Manage your work, study and life balance.

Plus, counsellors can also put you in touch with other health and wellbeing professionals that are based close to you.

* The counselling service respects your privacy and holds information obtained in the course of professional service in confidence, except where the law demands otherwise or where there are ethical or moral reasons not to do so.

How to make a counselling appointment

Your first step is to request an appointment by email to
When you ask for an appointment, let us know your OUA ID plus the best number to reach you over the phone. 

If you're seeking urgent support outside business hours, you can reach out to:

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14 for crisis support.
  • Emergency services (police, fire and ambulance) can be contacted on 000.
  • BeyondBlue for mental health support.

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    Help with your studies

    When you’re enrolled and studying your course, reach out to lecturers, tutors and teaching staff for help with course content and assessments. You’ll find their details in your learning management system (LMS)—you can log in from your university website.

    Your LMS is full of study support. You’ll be able to connect to the university library and find out about on-demand learning services. Explore university study help tools via your LMS, university website, or reach out to your teaching staff directly for personalized recommendations.

    Study support tips and guides

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    If school refusal (or ‘school can’t’) is affecting your family, there is hope. Learn more about this growing issue, and how online learning might help.

    11 tips for surviving the school holidays as a student/parent

    We asked a group of parents how they plan to study and maintain their sanity over the school holidays. Hopefully, you'll walk away with coping strategies you can put into practice too! 

    How do I choose a university tutoring service?

    Asking for help with uni isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a predictor of success—a wise move for students of all abilities to secure stellar grades. But how should you choose a tutoring service?

    A student advisor tells us: How they get you enrolled

    Student advisor Tandy talks us through the inner workings of getting you enrolled over the phone. As you’ll soon see, the process can be a smooth, seamless experience with the right people in your corner.  

    We're here to guide you there

    Our student advisors can assist you with enrolment, help you plan your studies, and answer questions about how studying through Open Universities Australia can get you from where you are today, to where you want to be tomorrow.

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