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Online Education in Australia: Market Research Report

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Online Education Market Research Report | ANZSIC X0008 | Aug 2016

Gold star: Faster internet connections and a trend to upskill have supported industry growth

IBISWorld’s Online Education market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

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Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Online Education industry has grown rapidly over the past five years. Technological advancements and faster internet have made the online education model a more viable option for learning. With more individuals and businesses recognising the benefits of online education, the use of online learning has soared.

A trend towards upskilling, which became apparent during the global financial crisis, 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, and employees to upskill to protect themselves from redundancy. Online education provides greater flexibility and enables full-time workers to engage in further learning... purchase to read more

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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. Although massive open online course (MOOCs) platforms have greatly assisted universities in building an online presence, they typically operate an invitation-only model.

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... purchase to read more


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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 has to 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 educationCertificates and diplomasUndergraduate and postgraduate coursesOnline tutoringSchool education
Industry Activities
Online course provision

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