Online education is 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.
In previous years, this form of study was often called external studies or distance education, with the latter term still being used by some bodies and levels.
Online education is provided by most universities, some colleges and many school systems. Numerous universities are now providing Open Courseware online, for free use by anyone who is interested, though they do not lead to qualifications.
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.
Other sites that may be useful include Distance Learning 101 and Distance Learning Web Resources. While the last two are US based, several sections apply worldwide and are worth reading before starting any online/distance education course.
This page looks at online education programs in Australia. This covers all levels from schools [Distance Education, School of the Air] to universities, as well as vocational areas.
The Second Page looks at Open Courseware, specialised online learning areas, video and other tutorials.
The Third Page looks at international universities that offer online education and courses and other general information.
Partial online education with some work completed online, but with mail and other methods also involved. Groups and sites
providing distance education are listed.
The controlling units/schools are provided in the first section for each state/territory, with other centres given in the second part of each listing.
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
- A More Connected Future
The outcomes of a review into Distance Education. Quite interesting to read, with responses to, and information about, a series of major points.
‘This is your portal for information for teachers working in Distance Education in NSW. The URL is an interim address until the integrated share point services is available. As the definition of deduce states this is your address to reason, work out and understand changes that are happening in Distance Education’.
- Rural and Distance Education [NSW]
As well as the unit, there is a Rural & Distance Education - CAP NSW site which ‘support[s] rural schools and distance education schools of NSW by providing targeted access to current information, curriculum strategies as well as professional and community development’.
- Broken Hill [New South Wales - School of the Air]
- Karabar Distance Education Centre
- Open High School N.S.W.
‘Teaching and learning of languages by distance education.’
- OTEN [New South Wales]
- Distance Learning [Northern
Links and contacts for all centres.
- Northern Territory Open Education Centre
‘A distance learning school catering for students in years 10-12’.
- Alice Springs School of the Air
- Katherine Centre
- Distance Learning Unit [Queensland]
This includes the following plus links to Distance Education Enrolment Fees Policy and Procedures and Distance Education ICT Subsidy Scheme.
- Brisbane School of Distance Education
- Cairns School of Distance Education
- Capricornia School of Distance Education
- Charleville School of Distance Education
- Charters Towers School of Distance Education
- Longreach School of Distance Education
- Mount Isa School of the Air
- Tasmanian eSchool
Replaces both Distance Education Tasmania and the Open Learning Network.
- Victoria [Departmental listing]
You can find specific information about specific Programs, while there is a DECV Parent Portal, available to those who have registered and therefore can go log in.
‘The centre for secondary distance learning within the WA Department of Education.’ The SIDE Primary School page is found here.
- Carnarvon Centre
- Kalgoorlie Centre
- Kimberley Centre
- Meekatharra Centre
- Port Hedland Centre
Other Australian Sites
- ABC Splash
Online information and learning. Links to learning at different levels [see top menu], helped by ABC material and ideas.
‘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’.
- Accredited Online Training
‘Online, nationally recognised courses all over Australia and even to some international students. We offer a range of Certificates and Diplomas in the Business Service training package, Training and Assessment and Finance.’
- AOI, the First Online Institute in Australia
- Australian Correspondence Schools
Also try Australian Correspondence Schools Online.
- Australian Flexible Learning Framework
Advice to improve and refine online learning as well as other distance education. For State & Territory Contacts, check here. The New Generation Technologies for Learning page provides up-to-date information about this area.
- Australian Management Academy Online Courses
A wide range of Training & Assessment, Management, Business and OH & S courses are available.
- Career FAQs
‘Our growing education and training section now features 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 to help you navigate your way towards your professional career goals’.
- College of Fine Arts’ Public Online Courses
‘A dynamic and innovative initiative designed to provide opportunities for study to the public, primarily in the area of visual arts and design.’ University level.
‘We specialise in bringing together online and distance education courses from the biggest and best Australian universities, TAFEs and private colleges’. Easy to use site.
- Courses Direct
‘Courses Direct is a leading distance vocational education provider in Australia & New Zealand. We offer a high quality and cost effective alternative in post secondary education’.
‘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. DEHub is financed by the Australian Government’s Department of Education’.
- Distance Education Australia
‘We are continually loading more online and distance education programs on this site to simplify your search. Browse currently listed programs and visit the program providers’ websites for their complete offering.’
- Distance Learning Australia
‘Study at your own pace with unlimited support from our highly qualified and experienced staff’.
- E-Campus Australia - Electronic Learning
Incorporates Far North Queensland Training. More than 800 online courses, most in Business and IT.
- Fitness Institute Australia
Courses, tutors, assessment and much more.
- HSC Learn Online™
‘HSC Learn Online offers a number of fully accredited online courses for preliminary and HSC subjects for students around NSW. Students can enrol into online courses even if that course is being offered in their own school where a subject clash might prevent them from taking it otherwise or where it is not offered’. Fee-based.
- International Career Institute
‘The International Career Institute is a provider of courses used by individuals, business and government to improve the skill sets and performance of personal careers, staff and management’.
- Lifestyle Learning Direct
‘Provide the complete distance education solution by offering courses from our correspondence schools, The Sackville Academy and The Writing School, along with online learning courses from Lifestyle Learning Online.’
- McGrath Real Estate
Online Real Estate Registration course.
- My Online Training Hub - Microsoft Office Online
Worthwhile free section including access to free software plus paid access if desired.
- Now Learning
‘Now Learning adds to the cause by promoting a wide range of correspondence courses from universities and colleges across the country. Whether you want to find TAFE courses online in NSW or short courses in Brisbane, Qld we have the information to help you’.
- Online Mathematics
Develops mathematical skills to HSC level. Fee-based but quite reasonable [in AU$]. Access notes, past papers, glossary, summaries, self-marking tests, study guide and links.
‘All of our subjects are available to everyone - whether you’re curious about online study, looking to boost your professional skills, returning to study or just want to learn something new for fun. We want you to be able to sample a high-quality education, free of charge. 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. Courses only run for four weeks. Some are from TAFE, others from universities.
- Open Colleges
‘For over a century, we have been helping people like you to build a better future for yourself and your family through career training’.
- Public Relations
Certificates/Diplomas of Public Relations from Education Online through their virtual campus.
1 000+ e-curriculum resources. Fee-based.
- 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
‘SAVE Training is a small specialist Registered Training Organisation [RTO] focused on getting people qualified on-line. We have years of experience in Australia’s various education sectors. With our team’s combined skills in Training and Assessment, and provision of great on-line learning solutions, we are offering the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment on-line. The efficiency of our business allows us to pass on a great product along with a premium level of service and suppor’.
- SEEK Learning
‘Education and Training to Advance Your Career. IT Certificates, TAFE Courses, university degrees, short computer courses and more.’
‘We give students the chance to research and browse courses from a range of institutions in a range of locations and settings previously unknown to the candidate.’
- TAFE Open Learning [Qld]
‘TAFE Open Learning - online and distance education. We provide online and correspondence courses for people living throughout Australia and the world’.
Some Free trials give an idea of Fee-based courses available.
- Your Tutor
‘An easy, affordable and convenient way to give students access to extra help and coaching. We work with schools, libraries and education departments to provide learning support programs.’ Australia.
University Online Courses
For online education from any university in Australia, go to the Universities page. A small sample are provided below.
- Professionals Australia
Online and face-to-face courses at levels from Diploma to MBA.
- Providers that offer Commonwealth assistance - Study Assist
You can also find information about Distance/Online Study including information about providers.
- Charles Sturt University
- Monash [Gippsland Campus]
- Open Universities Australia
- Queensland University of Technology
- Study Online Australia
By areas or levels of study.
- University of New England
- University of New South Wales - YouTube
‘The first university in Australia to launch an official channel on You Tube. UNSW on You Tube will be a channel for communicating research and selected teaching material to a wider audience. This will broaden public access to some of Australia’s top teachers and researchers. The channel will feature research, learning and teaching initiatives, lectures and students’ work.’