Open Educational Resources Collective

The CAUL Open Educational Resources Collective provides a shared open textbook publishing platform (via Pressbooks) for participating CAUL Member institutions. It facilitates both independent publishing by authors at participating institutions, as well as collaborative, cross-institutional publishing. The Collective builds community and capacity across CAUL Member institutions to support open textbook publishing.  

The Collective has three objectives: 

  1. Build infrastructure, capacity and achieve tangible outcomes to move the OER agenda forward at a national level. 

  1. Facilitate collaborative authoring and publishing of open textbooks in targeted priority disciplines, with a preference for the inclusion of local and/or Indigenous content. 

  1. Allow Member institutions to publish their own textbooks (anticipated to be up to two per year) in disciplines of their choosing. 

CAUL Member institutions are at various stages of development in terms of their exploration of open textbooks. The aims of the Collective allow Member institutions with different goals and different needs to benefit from the Collective. The Collective draws on the strength of networks within the CAUL membership to encourage cross-institutional collaboration on open textbooks and facilitate knowledge sharing. 

The Collective began as a two-year pilot commencing January 2022 under an opt-in participation model. 

Check out the current list of published titles on the catalogue: 

Check out the current list of forthcoming titles:  

Due to the pilot's success and popular demand, the Collective will continue to operate through to 2025 in line with CAUL's Open Educational Resources Strategic Enabling Program


What can participants expect from the Collective in 2024? 

Institutions can join under one of two tiered options. 

  1. Local Institution Member - AUD 3,500 (01/01/2024-31/12/2024) 

Aimed at institutions that already have an open publishing platform and would like to benefit from the collective knowledge of CAUL institutions. 

Once subscribed, interested library staff and supported academic authors are entitled to: 


  1. Collective User Member – AUD 4,000 (01/01/2024-31/12/2024) 

Aimed at institutions that would like to create and publish OERs on the OER Collective Pressbooks Platform. 

Interested library staff and supported academic authors are entitled to all items included under the Local Institution Membership plus: 

  • Space to publish two** open textbooks on the shared OER Collective Pressbooks Platform per year. 

** Up to two additional book spaces can be purchased at USD 500 each. 

2024 Participants confirmed

  1. Auckland University of Technology - Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau (New in 2024)
  2. Australian Catholic University
  3. Bond University
  4. Charles Darwin University
  5. Charles Sturt University
  6. CQUniversity (New in 2024)
  7. Curtin University
  8. Deakin University
  9. Edith Cowan University
  10. Federation University
  11. Flinders University
  12. Griffith University
  13. James Cook University
  14. La Trobe University
  15. Lincoln University - Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki (New in 2024)
  16. Macquarie University (New in 2024)
  17. Massey University - Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa
  18. Monash University 
  19. Queensland University of Technology
  20. RMIT University
  21. Southern Cross University
  22. Swinburne University of Technology
  23. University of Adelaide
  24. University of Auckland
  25. University of Canberra (New in 2024)
  26. University of Canterbury - Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
  27. University of Melbourne
  28. University of New England
  29. University of Newcastle
  30. University of Otago - Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo
  31. University of Queensland Library
  32. University of South Australia
  33. University of Southern Queensland 
  34. University of Sunshine Coast
  35. University of Sydney Library
  36. University of Tasmania (New in 2024)
  37. University of Technology Sydney
  38. University of Waikato - Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato
  39. University of Western Australia
  40. University of New South Wales
  41. Victoria University of Wellington - Te Herenga Waka
  42. Western Sydney University


If you have any questions about the Collective, please email

Author Grace Daw
Last modified 9 January 2024