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The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is proud to partner with Open Universities Australia (OUA) to bring you; our members, staff and their families' access to leading online training and higher education opportunities.

With an extensive range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events already available through the APA's face to face delivery, webinars and eLearning platform - we are expanding our commitment to offering additional opportunities for both professional and personal development by partnering with OUA.

The benefits available for you or a family member to enjoy include:

  • Easy access to leading Australian universities and higher education providers
  • A dedicated 1300 enrolment number and access to experienced Enrolment Advisors
  • Academic support and financial assistance through textbook vouchers
  • Flexibility to choose between units of interest, or to study toward a degree
  • The option to study regardless of your educational background as there are no entry level requirements for most undergraduate units
  • The choice to study what you want, when you want

We encourage you to explore the site further to discover the range of incentives and support services that OUA offer.

To find more about the services from APA directly please visit

Best wishes,

James Fitzpatrick
General Manager, Membership

As valued APA members, staff and family members, you will receive these special offers from OUA:

  • Priority enrolment
  • Textbook vouchers ($60 for each of the first five undergraduate units and $100 for each of the first five postgraduate units)
  • Enhanced academic support with an online tutor (six hours of Smarthinking for each eligible unit)
  • Advice from our Enrolment Advisors to help you match your career aspirations with a study plan that best suits you.

If you’d like to find out more, have a browse through our frequently asked questions, or register your details and we’ll get back to you straight away.

To receive your benefits, be sure to enter your unique client code APA13 when you enrol.

Open Universities Australia partners with leading Australian universities to make high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications available online.

Open2Study’s FREE, four-week online introductory subjects are an excellent foundation for further education offered through OUA.
e3Learning, part of Open Universities Australia, is an innovative global provider of online training and compliance solutions.

Q. How does this special offer work?

Just phone or submit an enquiry with us using the online form, and quote the Client Code APA13 to ensure you receive our special offers.

If you are a member of staff and are considering applying for study leave and/or support for your proposed course, please refer to Alison McKenzie from the Learning & Development Team on +61 3 9248 7122.

Q. How do I receive my textbook voucher?

It is really important when you enrol that you enter your client code when prompted, or provide it to the enrolment advisor assisting you, to ensure that you receive your textbook voucher in the first instance. If the client code is not entered against your enrolment, we will not be aware of your corporate status.

Textbook vouchers are sent via email, along with the instructions on how to redeem them, about a week or two before the start of the study period. You will have six months to redeem your voucher.

Q. What is Smarthinking?

Smarthinking is an online tutoring service which gives you access to academic support from experienced online tutors, at any time of the day or night.

Smarthinking services include live tutoring, pre-scheduled tutoring sessions, academic question submission and draft essay reviews. This convenient support service is of particular advantage if you are new or returning to study, and can help you build confidence in your academic skills.

Q. How much is my study going to cost?

In relation to Open Universities Australia (OUA) the cost of your study will vary according to the number of units you take and the type of course you choose. Go to for a guide to getting started and financial assistance information. You can pay on a unit-by-unit basis each Study Period or Session, either upfront or by arranging a FEE-HELP loan through the Commonwealth Government. Australian citizens are able to borrow the full amount of their fees from the Commonwealth and pay this loan back through the tax system. For more information about FEE-HELP, visit

In relation to Open Training Institute (VET) courses, as a valued corporate client, Asciano employees and direct family members are entitled to a 20% discount on individual courses. 

Q. Can I still study if I have been posted overseas?

In short, yes. OUA provides online education to all students regardless of their location, and is currently the only option available to Australians permanently living overseas wanting to access education with an Australian education provider. If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident working overseas and studying through OUA, you will not be subjected to international student fees.

However, please note that there are residency conditions that will apply if you are looking to access FEE-HELP, the Commonwealth government loan scheme available to eligible students. For more information on FEE-HELP, please visit

Still have some questions? To find out more about studying with OUA, contact an Enrolment Advisor on 1300 513 044 or visit the OUA website to view additional Frequently Asked Questions.

Enrolling with OUA is quick and simple. You can get the ball rolling by contacting one of our experienced Enrolment Advisors on 1300 513 044.

Quote your unique Client Code APA13 to access all the corporate offers available.

If you are enrolling online, please ensure you enter the APA Client Code where indicated.

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