Earning learning: Technological progress has supported industry revenue growth

IBISWorld’s Online Education market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Online Education industry has excelled over the past five years. Technological advancements and faster internet have made the online education model an increasingly viable option for learning. With more individuals and businesses recognising the benefits of online education, student demand for online learning has soared.

A trend towards upskilling has solidified with an increase in the national unemployment rate over the past five years. Higher unemployment has encouraged those out of work to retrain, while employees have chosen to upskill to protect themselves from redundancy. Online education provides greater flexibility and enables full-time workers to engage in further learning...

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Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

The cost of establishing online course content and delivery can prevent providers from entering the industry. Although online education offers the potential to expand enrolments and achieve economies of scale in education delivery (not possible in traditional forms of education), the cost of creating quality courses can be expensive. Another major barrier to entry is government regulation. Education is highly regulated by all levels of government. At the school level, states retain a high degree of control over education provision. The majority of online services targeted to school children are provided by government bodies such as the Distance Education Centre of Victoria. Post-school education is again the responsibility of the state. How..

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Industry Products

What is the Online Education Industry?

The industry includes institutions that deliver online education to students. To be considered an online provider, over 80% of the course or unit content offered must be delivered online. For example, students could be located off-campus for the duration of their enrolment and successfully complete a unit of study. Online education includes study at all levels of education.

Industry Products
Non-formal education
Certificates and diplomas
Undergraduate courses
Postgraduate courses
Online tutoring
School education
Industry Activities
Online education provision

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About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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