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Online Education

Online education is seen as an area available to those unable to access full-time education. Technology has now allowed the use of CDs, DVD, email, web-based presentations and more. It is possible to carry virtually a full load or a single unit.

You can choose where and when you study/complete work, even overseas. It can be done in conjunction with full-time work, managing a family or running a business. It can be done for professional or personal reasons. You can select individual courses from a number of sources [MOOCS].

In previous years, this form of study was often called external studies or distance education, with the latter term still being used by some groups. NSW gives an overview of what occurs at Learning by Distance Ed.

Online education is provided by most universities, some colleges and many school systems. Numerous universities are now providing “Open Courseware” online, free to anyone who is interested.

Be aware online education has positive and negative aspects. You must know if you are suited to this method of learning. Charles Sturt University has information regarding the process.

Similar sites include Distance Learning 101 and Distance Learning Web Resources. While these are US based, sections apply worldwide and are worth reading before starting any online/distance education course.

This page looks at online education programs in Australia. These cover schools [Distance Education, School of the Air], universities and vocational areas.

This page has been archived and is no longer being maintained.

The Second Page looks at Open Courseware, specialised online learning areas and tutorials.

This page has been archived and is no longer being maintained.

The Third Page looks at international universities that offer online education and courses, and other information.

Australian Information

Distance Education

Education with work completed online, with mail or other methods.
The controlling units/schools are provided in the first section for each state/territory, with other centres in the second part of each listing.

School Level

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory


  • TAFE Open Learning [Qld]
    ‘TAFE Open Learning - online and distance education. Courses for people living throughout Australia and the world’.

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South Australia


  • Tasmanian eSchool
    Replaces Distance Education Tasmania and the Open Learning Network.


Western Australia

  • SIDE
    ‘The centre for secondary distance learning within the WA Department of Education.’ The SIDE Primary School page is found here.

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Other Australian Sites

Advisory Sites

    ‘The Australasian Council on Open, Distance and E-Learning, the peak Australasian organisation for universities engaged or interested in open, distance, flexible and e-learning’.
  • DEHub
    ‘DEHub serves as a central research institute for investigation into best practices in distance education. DEHub also serves as an online agency for the dissemination of information on best practices in distance and blended education for the Australian higher education sector. Financed by the Australian Department of Education’.
  • National VET E-learning Strategy
    ‘Provides useful information, tools and support to help you plan, design, deliver and evaluate e-learning activities in vocational education and training’. Check State & Territory Contacts here. The E-standards for Training page provides up-to-date information about this area.

Individual Centres

  • Accredited Online Training
    ‘Online, nationally recognised courses all over Australia. Certificates and Diplomas in the Business Service training package, Training and Assessment and Finance’.
  • AOI, the First Online Institute in Australia
  • New ! Central College Online
    ‘Fit learning around your busy lifestyle as you create your own timetable. Because all our courses are online, you can enrol and start learning today’.
  • Chifley Business School
    Has an MBA and a range of certificate and diploma courses.
  • College of Fine Arts’ Public Online Courses
    ‘Initiative designed to provide opportunities for study to the public, primarily in the area of visual arts and design.’ University level.
  • CTI - Community Training Initiatives
    ‘We offer over 100 courses around Australia and online, from First Aid to Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor qualifications’.
  • Distance Learning Australia
    ‘Study at your own pace with unlimited support from our highly qualified and experienced staff’.
  • ECA Maritime College
    ‘Developed to help the Maritime Industry and Mariners gain access to on the job training, reduce the amount of time in the classroom’.
  • Foundation Education
    ‘Foundation Education focuses on providing excellence in vocation education and training. We provide Nationally Recognised Training and deliver accredited course content delivered by qualified trainers’.
  • Griffith Online
    ‘With 100% online programs, accelerated delivery and six intakes a year, you can gain your qualification sooner’. Griffith University.
  • Health Academy Australia
    ‘Offers affordable online courses in Nutrition, Natural Health, Counselling, Psychology, Medical Terminology, Health and Fitness and Biological Sciences’.
  • HSC Learn Online
    ‘Fully accredited online courses for preliminary and HSC subjects for students around NSW’. Fee-based.
  • Inspire Education
    ‘We have courses offered online, through distance learning, or face to face !’
  • NREL Courses Online
    ‘NREL is a full, national accredited RTO 40998, delivering real estate licence training in a method that allows you the student to study your way, at home or on the go’.
  • Online Courses Australia
    ‘Specialises in creating and providing dynamic online training courses for individuals Australia-wide’.
  • Open2Study
    ‘All of our subjects are available to everyone. When you successfully complete your subject you’ll get a Certificate of Achievement, which you can use to demonstrate your interest in learning about a certain area’. Part of the Open University group.
  • Open Colleges
    ‘We focus on meeting the specific needs of adult learners by delivering highly flexible, accessible and affordable learning opportunities’.
  • Open Training Institute
    ‘Backed by Open Universities Australia, Open Training Institute came out of a simple desire: to give students a better learning experience’.
  • Rural and Remote Education Online
    For practising medicos to improve their education through case studies, modules and courses. Links to workshops and conferences.
  • SAVE Training
    ‘A small specialist Registered Training Organisation [RTO] focused on getting people qualified online. The efficiency of our business allows us to pass on a great product along with a premium level of service and support’.
  • SEEK Learning
    ‘IT Certificates, TAFE Courses, university degrees, short computer courses and more’. Links to a wide range of course providers for these.
  • StudyNow
    ‘We give students the chance to research and browse courses from a range of institutions in a range of locations and settings’.
  • Upskilled Australia
    Online courses in multiple areas [see front page] in addition to their onsite and centre based courses.
  • Wise Education Group
    ‘Online & Distance Learning Courses’.

Multi-provider Groups

  • Acquire Learning
    ‘Acquire Learning has enrolled thousands of students on behalf of training providers throughout Australia’.
  • Career FAQs
    ‘Over 700 nationally recognised, accredited online university and vocational education courses from leading Australian distance education specialists. Career FAQs also offers an extensive range of valuable online career resources’.
  • CourseFinder
    ‘Bringing together online and distance education courses from the biggest and best Australian universities, TAFEs and private colleges’.
  • Distance Education Courses Australia
    ‘Browse currently listed programs and visit the program providers’ websites for their complete offering.’
  • TAFE Courses
    ‘A comprehensive and easy-to-browse selection of the latest vocational education and training courses from Australia’s leading education providers’.

University Online Courses

For online education from any university in Australia, go to the Universities page. Only a sample are provided here.

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