Online university students doing accredited, degree-bearing courses.

1. Australia's Biggest Online Universities

Here is a list of the top 10 biggest universities in Australia for online learning. 

  • Every uni on the list has 5,000+ students doing accredited online degrees.
  • At the top is CSU, with 22,300 external university students.

Source: Australian Government (uCube, 13 March 2016)

2. Featured Universities

Australian universities with accredited courses selected by

Charles Darwin University

CDU is the only uni based in the NT. It meets the needs of all kinds of students, including people in regional areas. CDU offers a variety of 100% online degrees.

Charles Sturt University

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 Interact.


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 University

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 Global Business School

Dūcere Global Business School is an Australian-based education provider. It delivers flexible online courses in entrepreneurship, business and management.

Edith Cowan University

ECU is a suburban Perth university. It has a significant and growing presence in distance learning and supports regional study in Western Australia.

Federation University Australia

FedUni is a regional Victorian university with a growing list of online courses. It is a dual sector institution, offering degrees, diplomas and certificates.

RMIT University

RMIT is one of Australia's first tertiary institutions and has global links. To complement on-campus courses, it offers online postgraduate degrees.

Southern Cross University

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

Swinburne University of Technology offers custom-built online degrees through Swinburne Online. Study areas include business, communication, education and IT.

University of Canberra

UC is a job-focused university with a track record of producing excellent graduate employment outcomes. It offers online business degrees in partnership with Dūcere.

University of New England

UNE has been delivering flexible education for 60+ years. It is a leader in online learning. Over 20,000 students complete some or all of their studies online.

University of Southern Queensland

USQ has a reputation for providing online degrees in a flexible and supportive environment. Every USQ student has their own Student Relationship Officer.

University of Tasmania

UTAS is an all-round kind of university which meets the education needs of every type of student. These include school leavers, mature-age students and online learners.

Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University Online offers a selection of fully online degrees. The distance learning division of the uni started in 2015 and has a growing program list.

3. Best Accredited Online Universities has ranked Australia's universities.

We used these criteria:

  • size (external student numbers)
  • depth of courses offered online
  • graduate satisfaction with courses
  • flexible study options (e.g. pathway courses).

Based on our assessment, the top 5 best online universities are:

  1. University of New England
  2. Deakin University
  3. University of Southern Queensland
  4. Edith Cowan University
  5. Charles Sturt University

If you want to study online, any one of these unis might be a good choice.

➥ Check out the course pages for selections by subject!