Technological developments offer greater flexibility in how students access higher education courses, removing barriers of time and place that may prevent participation for some whose personal or geographic circumstances are not amenable to more traditional forms of on-campus learning. While distance education has been available for many years, the increase in technological capabilities, the advances in pedagogical techniques that are growing alongside the changing technology and broadband capability mean that the online educational experience, especially when blended with other channels, can offer very high quality, and intensively engaged student experiences even for those courses, such as medicine or engineering, that are typically seen as being very 'hands-on'. 

Universities are continually upgrading their offerings to take advantage of the best the digital age offers, and Universities Australia works with Government to ensure that the policy, funding and regulatory environments provide the flexibility to allow innovation and improvement.