Going the distance: Online education has become more popular for international students

The Online Education industry has expanded over the past five years, despite revenue declining. Technological advancements and wider internet access have made the online education model an increasingly viable option for learning and career advancement. However, changes to government funding and intensifying competition have constrained revenue over the period. Industry revenue is expected to fall at an annualised 0.4% over the five years through 2018-19, to $5.1 billion. This includes anticipated growth of 4.8% in the current year due to rising discretionary incomes.Online education provides greater flexibility compared with traditional education and enables full-time workers to engage in further learning...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Universities have identified online courses as a growth area for international students
  • Rising competition and operating costs have limited growth in profit margins
  • The unemployment rate is forecast to fall over the next five years, supressing industry demand
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Online Education industry exhibits moderate capital intensity. For every dollar spent on wages, an estimated $0.18 will be spent on capital costs in 2018-19. The establishment and infrastructure costs for online courses and education are high and may increase capital investment for operators initially. However, increased capital investment in digital infrastructure, education programs and data storage may also allow institutions to reduce their wage costs over the long term.Education is typically labour-intensive, as teachers and support staff are essential to the learning process. Generally, wage expenses are the largest cost for institutions. How...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Online Education Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Online Education are:

  • Market research and understanding
  • Having a good reputation
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Internet subscribers and Average weekly hours worked in the Online Education industry impact industry performance..

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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 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
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Internet subscribers
  • Average weekly hours worked
  • Real household discretionary income
  • National unemployment rate

  • Current Performance
  • Government support
  • Reaching new markets
  • Massive Open Online Courses
  • Industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Broadening the market
  • Massive Open Online Courses and blended learning
  • Government reform
  • Table: Online Education Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Online Education Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • State Government Administration
  • Industry Associations
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer and Computer Peripheral Wholesaling
  • Computer and Software Retailing
  • Computer System Design Services
  • Internet Service Providers
  • Newsagents and Book Retailers
  • Postal and Courier Services

  • Products & Services
  • Undergraduate courses
  • Postgraduate courses
  • Certificates and diplomas
  • Non-formal education
  • School education
  • Online tutoring
  • Chart: Online Education Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged 18 to 24
  • People aged 25 to 44
  • People aged 45 and over
  • People aged 17 and under
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Online Education Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Marketing
  • Rent
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Online Education

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Online Education Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Online Education Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Online Education Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Blended Learning
  • A combination of both online and traditional instruction.
  • Distance Education
  • Education delivered over a physical distance, as opposed to delivery in the traditional classroom. For example, delivery can be through the internet, printed materials, CD-ROMs, phone or e-mail.
  • Mooc
  • Massive Online Open Course.
  • Oua
  • Open Universities Australia.
  • Unit
  • Also known as a subject, units are taken to gain credit toward completion of a course or program.
  • Vet
  • Vocational Education and Training.
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