COPHE members are high-quality independent higher education providers committed to delivering the best educational opportunities for students and promoting equity and best practice in higher education.

Admission to membership of COPHE establishes that member institutions are committed to strong ethical governance, regulatory compliance and student support.

Our Members

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Academies Australasia Polytechnic
Academies Australasia Polytechnic Pty Limited (AAPoly) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Academies Australasia Group. AAPoly offers ELICOS, vocational courses in Business, Management, Information Technology, Accounting, Project Management, Community Services and Hospitality. In higher education, AAPoly offers the Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management and expects to have two more undergraduate degrees in 2017/18. Most of AAPoly’s students are international students.
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Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is an independent, not-for-profit research organisation established in Australia as a company limited by guarantee.
Our mission is to create and promote research-based knowledge, products and services that can be used to improve learning across the lifespan.
ACER undertakes commissioned research and development and develops and distributes a wide range of products and services. Any surplus generated through our work is invested in further research and development.
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Australian College of Physical Education
ACPE, established in 1917, is Australia’s leading provider of specialist undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the related disciplines of sport, health, dance and physical education. Located in Sydney’s internationally renowned Olympic Park precinct, ACPE attracts individuals from around Australia and the world who wish to launch or further their careers in these disciplines. It also offers selected Bachelor degrees online.
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Australian College of the Arts
COLLARTS is a Melbourne based tertiary education college focused on preparing students for professional careers in the creative and entertainment industries, and dedicated to providing a dynamic and creative learning space full of passion, individuality and opportunity. Collarts delivers an industry-integrated and hands-on learning experience, within a tight-knit and welcoming community where the teachers know students by name — not just as a number. Bachelor degrees and diplomas offered include Music Performance, Audio Production, Entertainment Management, Music Production, Entertainment Journalism and Content Creation.
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Bond University
As the first private not-for-profit university established in Australia, Bond offers a wide range of innovative and challenging pathways: undergraduate, postgraduate (coursework) and postgraduate (research) courses in a variety of discipline areas for both international and domestic students. Bond’s low student-to-staff ratio is the key to providing an exceptional student experience. Bond University offers accelerated programs which enable students to complete a standard undergraduate degree in two calendar years instead of three.
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Endeavour College of Natural Health
Endeavour College is the largest natural health and wellness college in the southern hemisphere with six campuses in Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Formerly the Australian College of Natural Medicine, it was established in 1975 and offers Bachelor of Health Science degree level programs and Honours Programs in Naturopathy, Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine, Acupuncture and Myotherapy.
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EQUALS International
EQUALS International is one of Australia’s most established private learning institutions. They offer values-based learning across a range of disciplines, including Nursing, Health, Human and Community Services, Leadership and Management, Hospitality, Ayurveda and Integrative Health.
Since 1991, they have provided quality industry driven education programs for people all over world. EQUALS is mission focused, working to cultivate human potential through innovative education and excellent employment pathways. They are equally focused on providing an environment that supports holistic development and wellbeing, choosing to work with those people that capture the spirit of our ethos.
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Kaplan Business School
Kaplan Business School is a globally recognised provider of quality business programs across Australia. They combine theory with practical experience, so that their students graduate with work-ready skills necessary for successful employment. With conveniently located campuses, modern facilities, strong faculty and support services, Kaplan helps students to build their very own success story. Kaplan Business School aims to provide an encouraging learning environment while helping students to forge meaningful and relevant connections with local industry partners.
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Montessori Institute
The Montessori World Educational Institute (Australia) was established in 1983 as a not-for-profit organisation. Based in Perth, WA it has a long history of providing high standard, well-recognised, accredited Montessori qualifications nationally. The Graduate Diploma of Education (Montessori) enables graduates to be registered as teachers for both Montessori and mainstream employment. The Diploma of Early Childhood and Primary Education (Montessori) offers Montessori specialisation for already registered teachers or those who require Diploma level qualifications. Both are also recognised by ACECQA . A non-award course offered is the Certificate in Montessori Studies 0-5 years.
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Photography Studies College
Photography Studies College (Melbourne), is a leading contemporary tertiary photography college. For 40 years, PSC has delivered specialised, high quality and innovative photography education, consistently producing graduates of the highest calibre and providing students with an environment in which to explore their creativity. They offer a full-time Bachelor of Photography degree course and an Advanced Diploma of Photography as well as part-time and online options.
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Tabor College Australia
Tabor College Australia is an independent Tertiary Education provider offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Teacher Education, Humanities (English, Creative Writing, History, Philosophy and Music), TESOL, Social Science (Counselling and Youth Work), Ministry, Theology and Culture. The College also offers vocational training in TAE, Community Services, Youth Work and Management.
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University of Wollongong College
UOW College offers a range of English language and university pathway and preparatory courses for international and Australian students to achieve their education goals, and access further higher education opportunities.
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Academy of Design Australia
The Academy of Design Australia is a government-approved, degree-awarding higher education institution. It educates students to become adaptable and creative thinkers, capable of success as advertising, fashion design, graphic design, photo media and visual arts professionals.
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Alphacrucis College (AC)
Alphacrucis College was established in 1948 and is a leading centre for education and influence. AC is at the forefront of equipping leaders for careers in theology, ministry, business, leadership, teaching, music, chaplaincy and counselling. With courses ranging from certificate and diploma level, through to bachelors, masters and doctoral level courses, AC aims to equip its students for a life of significance. Their courses are offered in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland and through their Global Online campus. AC is an accredited higher education provider and registered training organisation and is one of a limited number of non-university institutions in Australia which has approval to award its own PhD.
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Australian College of Theology
Established in the 1890s, the Australian College of Theology is Australia’s largest theological education provider. Its goal is to equip people to faithfully serve God’s church and God’s world primarily by the provision of quality-assured courses in theology and ministry. The ACT leads and fosters a robust consortium of 16 independent affiliated colleges offering 34 courses and over 700 units in Australia, New Zealand and around the world through online education. It provides an accredited, quality assured curriculum and specialist administrative support to enable its affiliates to achieve efficient, cost effective delivery of theological education. The ACT offers specialist qualifications in ministry, theology, and Christian studies, ranging from undergraduate diplomas through to doctoral degrees.
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Avondale College
Established in 1897, Avondale College of Higher Education, operates two NSW campuses — the Lake Macquarie campus at Cooranbong and the Sydney campus at Wahroonga. Avondale offers a broad range of undergraduate degrees in Arts, Business, Science, Education, Nursing and Ministry. Master's coursework degrees are available in Arts, Education, Leadership and Management, Nursing and Health, and Theology/Ministry. Avondale also offers research masters and doctoral degrees (PhD) in a range of disciplines as well as vocational education in Outdoor Recreation.
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Campion College Australia
Campion College is the first Liberal Arts College in Australia. Its broad program in liberal arts covers various subjects in the humanities and sciences that prepare students for life. Students are challenged intellectually and finish with flexible, analytical and creative minds.
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Engineering Institute of Technology
Building on over 25 years of engineering and technology education delivered in over 120 countries of the world, EIT programs range from Professional Certificates of Competency to Master degrees in Engineering. These programs are designed for students working in industry who require practical, relevant education that is delivered efficiently by highly experienced professionals and online via the latest technologies including remote and virtual laboratories.
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The Institute of Internal Auditors-Australia
The Institute of Internal Auditor-Australia is the leading body representing internal auditors and has chapters throughout Australia. Established in 1952, it is affiliated with the IIA Global based in the USA, which represents more than 170,000 members in over 170 countries. IIA-Australia offers the Graduate Certificate in Internal Auditing (GradCertIA), a postgraduate professional education program for those seeking a career in internal audit, governance and risk, as well as the globally recognised IIA’s Certification Program.
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Le Cordon Bleu Australia
Founded in Paris in 1895, Le Cordon Bleu earned its reputation as the ultimate in cuisine, patisserie, hospitality and gastronomy training. It is with this rich heritage that Le Cordon Bleu Australia was created, offering studies at certificate, diploma, bachelors and masters awards in the culinary arts, hotel and restaurant management, gastronomy, food entrepreneurship, tourism and event management to students in Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.
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Moore Theological College
Moore Theological College was established in 1856 and offers an education in Christian theology and related disciplines within a reformed and evangelical framework. Courses are designed to prepare men and women for Christian ministry, both ordained and lay. The College prepares ordinands for the Anglican Diocese of Sydney and graduates serve in a variety of ministry positions nationally and internationally.
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Russo Business School
Russo Business School is a diverse higher education institution providing companies, professionals and students with unparalleled opportunities through innovative business, leadership and entrepreneurial programs and endeavours. Based in Brisbane, it forms part of the Sarina Russo Group, a company respected globally for delivering quality education, training and employment. It currently offers a Diploma of Business, which provides pathways into Bachelor of Business programs at several universities in both Brisbane and greater Queensland. The Russo Business School team is focused on the application of leadership 'best practices' while ensuring that its blended models are structured around mentoring and knowledge sharing.
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The College of Law
Bridging the divide between academic law and professional practice at all stages of your career, The College of Law is the academy of the practising legal profession and the largest provider of practical legal training in Australasia. They prepare new entrants to the legal profession with the sound legal knowledge, broad conceptual understanding, practical skills, and ethical awareness to not only solve legal problems but also protect just practice.
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Adelaide Central School of Art
Adelaide Central School of Art is South Australia’s leading independent, not-for-profit, tertiary provider of visual arts education. It employs eminent artists, writers and curators to deliver a studio-based degree program that cultivates sophisticated practical skills, underpinned by intensive conceptual investigation. The School provides a supportive learning environment and is committed to small class sizes and one-on-one interaction with lecturers. It is renowned nationally for standards of excellence in higher education.
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Asia Pacific International College
APIC is a dynamic Australian Higher Education Institution offering undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses. APIC works to differentiate itself from more traditional institutions by focusing on research, development and the extension of transformative learning. As modern business and industry more frequently experience turmoil and disruptive change, the traditional model of management is largely ineffective. New thinking is needed and APIC is leading the way. APIC operates on the basis of modern management principles, blending entrepreneurship with speed, openness, flexibility, and forward thinking.
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Australian Institute of Business
The Australian Institute of Business (AIB) is a leading teaching and research business school. As ‘The Practical Business School’, AIB is committed to serving the needs of working adults around the world by offering courses which are accelerated, applied, accessible, affordable and accredited. AIB was the first private higher education institution in Australia to be approved to confer the full suite of business degrees including the prestigious doctorate qualifications. The suite of business degrees offered by AIB are delivered via Online Learning.
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BBI - The Australian Institute of Theological Education
BBI - The Australian Institute of Theological Education is one of the largest Catholic providers of online theological education in the Asia-Pacific region. Online delivery enables the Institute to reach students in a variety of locations, including remote areas across Australia and abroad. By partnering with multiple Universities and Colleges across Australia and internationally, BBI aims to improve job opportunities for its students. BBI also offers a range of non-academic short courses for professional development, adult faith formation and eConferences with leading educators from around the world.
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Christian Heritage College
Christian Heritage College is a fully accredited Australian higher education institution, offering courses from Diploma to Masters level in Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Ministries and Social Sciences. It was founded in 1986 as a Christian teachers’ college and has since expanded to now offer over 25 courses to students studying on campus and by distance.
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Excelsia College
Formerly Wesley Institute, Excelsia has provided Christian higher education to Australian and overseas students for over 30 years. The College provides outstanding opportunities for academic, artistic, professional and spiritual development in a supportive, creative and collaborative learning environment. Postgraduate courses are offered in Teacher Education (online), Counselling and Music, and undergraduate courses in Drama and Music. Excelsia College is part of a global Christian learning community in partnership with Indiana Wesleyan University.
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International College of Management, Sydney
The International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) was established in 1996. In recent years, ICMS has become a global leader in career-focussed education. ICMS offers diplomas as well as associate degrees, bachelor's degrees and master's degrees in areas of business management, hospitality management, event management, international tourism, retail management, sport management and property management.
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Macleay College
At the industry-focused Macleay College, we don’t just talk about practical education, we live and breathe it each day with our students. We offer small class sizes that delivers an intimate learning experience, which means each student is given plenty of personal attention and maximum opportunities to reach their goals. Our lecturers at Macleay College are working professionals. They provide our students with valuable insight into the industry that help our students graduate with a strong job focus to kick-start their new careers.
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Morling Bible and Theological College
Morling College, based in Macquarie Park, Sydney, offers cutting-edge training in Bible, Ministry, Theology, Evangelism, Mission, Education, Counselling and Leadership development. Historically a training ground for men and women from Baptist churches, Morling now also caters for people of any denomination interested in serving in many areas beyond church communities, helping them to impact their world.
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Sydney College of Divinity
Formed in 1983, the SCD is an ecumenical consortium of theological colleges with campuses in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland. The current member institutions are: the Australian College of Ministries, Booth College, Catholic Institute of Sydney, Emmaus Bible College, Nazarene Theological College, the NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education, and St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College. The SCD offers undergraduate and postgraduate coursework, as well as research degrees. The SCD as such delivers the research degrees and the Korean-medium program; all other awards are delivered through the various member institutions.
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The Tax Institute
The Tax Institute is the country’s leading professional association and educator in tax. Its 15,000 members include tax agents, accountants and lawyers as well as tax practitioners in corporations, government and academia. The Tax Institute supports the tax profession through education and professional development and works to continually improve tax law and its administration. After almost 10 years of offering formal non-accredited short courses, The Tax Institute became a Registered Higher Education Provider and accredited the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law in July 2014.
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Adelaide College of Divinity
The Adelaide College of Divinity Incorporated (ACD) was founded in 1979 to provide ecumenical theological education in South Australia. ACD now offers higher education and VET courses in ministry, from certificate to doctorate, at the ACD campus and by distance education. ACD courses are focused on the reflective ministry practitioner, through professional and academic preparation for ministry, to advanced reflection and research for experienced practitioners.
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Australian College of Christian Studies
Australian College of Christian Studies offers course in Ministry, Theology and Counselling. Our students come from different churches in different locations, with different callings, all unified by the love of Jesus Christ and His people. The college aims to provide students with an array of valuable opportunities for professional, academic and spiritual growth in an integrous, encouraging Christian environment. Our strong faculty, sound support services and small class sizes ensure students are attended to on a personal level.
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AIM Business School
At AIM Business School, we’re committed to developing exceptional managers and leaders who enrich the world, set their sights high and achieve way beyond their current potential. We offer a flexible, practical, accessible and valuable postgraduate study experience for the working professional. Our MBA pathway is designed to provide a broad and extensive understanding of business and management across the spectrum.
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Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School at Torrens University
The Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School provides a range of internationally recognised and respected undergraduate courses in hospitality and tourism management, preparing students for careers in domestic and international hospitality and tourism industries.
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Eastern College Australia
Formerly Tabor College Victoria, Eastern College Australia is an independent multi-denominational Christian Higher Education Provider. Founded in Melbourne in 1988, this registered training organisation offers certificate courses through to master's degrees in Education, Aid and Development, Youth Work, Counselling, Linguistics and Arts as well as Theology, Ministry and Mission.
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The Governance Institute of Australia
The Governance Institute is an independent professional association with a sole focus on the practice of governance. They provide education and support for practising chartered secretaries, governance advisers and risk managers. Their postgraduate education in applied corporate governance and risk management sets the standard for entry into the profession. They also offer Certificates in Governance Practice, Governance and Risk Management and Governance for Not-for-Profits and have more than 7,000 active members. Historically they started in London in 1891, with the Australian Institute of Secretaries of Joint Stock Companies and other Public Bodies established as independent of the London body in 1909.
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John Paul II Institute
The John Paul II Institute for Marriage & Family is located in Melbourne, Australia and offers unique opportunities for study in the theology of marriage and family and in bioethics.
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Marcus Oldham College
Marcus Oldham College, established in 1962, is Australia's leading rural business management college with a reputation for providing quality education. Courses are delivered in small class sizes by lecturers who have extensive commercial experience and the ability to relate theory to practice.
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Perth Bible College
The Perth Bible College is an interdenominational, evangelical college, which has a reputation for successfully blending practical career-orientated ministry skills, accredited academic theological studies, and life-transforming experience into its tertiary courses.
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S P Jain School of Global Management
S P Jain School of Global Management is a young and innovative business school with a strong Asia-Pacific foothold. It has campuses in 3 iconic cities – Dubai (2004), Singapore (2006) and Sydney (2012) and offers various business programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. They key differentiator of its programs is its unique tri-city model. Each student studies in all three cities, thus learning firsthand about multinational business settings. Besides global education, S P Jain's programs also focus on decision-making and personal effectiveness; critical traits required of today's business leaders.
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Torrens University Australia
Torrens University Australia, based in Adelaide, SA, is Australia’s newest university, and is open for 2014 enrolments. It aims to deliver an innovative environment for learning, scholarship, and research that is culturally diverse, career-oriented with a global perspective. It offers a range of undergraduate, post graduate and research by higher degree programs - for study on-campus, online or a mix of both. Torrens is a part of Laureate International Universities, a leading international network of over 72 innovative higher education institutions - teaching more than 780,000 students in 30 countries and online.
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Universal Business School Sydney
At UBSS we provide the learning environment for the entrepreneurs of the future. We offer our MBA students access to a range of entrepreneurship subjects that are specifically designed for students interested in creating their own businesses, including the opportunity to test their skills through our Strategic Business Simulation Game. https://www.bsg-online.com/ From the outset we encourage our students (and staff) to be genuinely creative and innovative whilst at the same time providing the rigour and focus needed to complete a quality MBA. We have a new initiative – the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration – designed for domestic students and presented in a blended (intensive) delivery mode.
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