Australia has a dozen or so universities delivering online education in a big way. Let's find out about Australia's biggest and best online universities.
Student numbers – external
|Charles Sturt University||21,547|
|University of New England||20,021|
|University of Tasmania||16,569|
|Swinburne University of Technology||16,002|
|University of Southern Queensland||13,961|
|University of South Australia||8,160|
|Southern Cross University||6,799|
|Edith Cowan University||6,219|
|Charles Darwin University||5,810|
|Queensland University of Technology||5,480|
|Torrens University Australia||5,279|
|The University of Newcastle||4,156|
|University of New South Wales||4,048|
Source: UCube Higher Education Stats – 6 September 2021
Australian universities with accredited courses listed by Lerna Australia
CDU is the only uni based in the NT. The dual-sector universities meets the needs of all kinds of students, including people in regional areas. CDU offers a variety of 100% online degrees.
CSU is Australia's biggest online university. CSU is also the biggest university in regional NSW. It has a common internet platform for courses called CSU Interact2.
CQUniversity is based in Queensland and has a network of campuses across the state. The uni caters for all kinds of students and many of its courses are available online.
Deakin is a large Victorian uni that specialises in flexible learning. External students can study 100% online or combine online (cloud) and on-campus study.
Ducere (pronounced "do-SIR") is a Melbourne-based education provider. It delivers applied online courses in entrepreneurship, business and management in partnership with the University of Canberra.
ECU is a suburban Perth university. It has a significant and growing presence in distance learning and supports regional study in Western Australia.
FedUni is a regional Victorian university with a growing list of online courses. The uni is somewhat of an online specialist in technical subjects, such as IT and engineering.
Griffith is a large Queensland university based on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. The uni offers distance learning as an option for a selection of bachelor and postgrad courses.
RMIT is one of Australia's first tertiary institutions and has global links. To complement on-campus courses, it offers online postgraduate degrees.
SCU is a regional uni based in northern NSW and southern Queensland. It has a growing number of just-online postgraduate courses delivered through SCU Online.
Swinburne University of Technology offers custom-built online degrees through Swinburne Online. Study areas include business, communication, education and IT.
UNE has been delivering flexible education for 60+ years. The Armidale-based university has 20,000+ students who are doing some or all of their studies online.
USQ has a reputation for providing online degrees in a flexible and supportive environment. Every USQ student has their own Student Relationship Officer.
UNSW Online offers graduate courses and degrees in fields such as business analytics, cyber security, data science, financial technology, and management.