5.5m students in Australia can get Office 365 ProPlus free

In 2013 we announced that students can download Office 365 ProPlus free (that’s the suite of Office apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher etc) onto their personal devices – Windows PCs, Macs, phones, tablets etc. We called this programme “Student Advantage”, and it applied to every education institution which had licensed Office for their staff. But because each customer had to enable the service for their students, and order the free licences from us, it meant that some students who qualified couldn’t get it, and every school/TAFE/university had a different sign-up page for students. It was more complicated than it could have been, and every time students/staff asked me how they could get Office free, I had to point them back to their IT department to find out how to do it in their school.

So, it’s good news that we’ve simplified the whole process, and made it really easy for the more than 5m students in Australia that qualify.

Office 365 for students and staff

Now, if you are a student or a staff member, you simply go to the sign up page, and sign in with your educational email address (in Australia, that means it’s going to end in .edu.au). You’ll then get access to the Office 365 ProPlus software suite free to download and install on up to five PCs or Macs, 5 tablets and other mobile devices – including iPad, iPhone and Android devices. You will also get 1TB of storage on OneDrive for Business in the cloud.

This is great news for the 5.5 million students in Australia that qualify (yep, that’s nearly every single one), and especially 30% of students who are using a BYOD device, as well as for the IT Department who now have less to do.*

You can read the announcement from Fiona Sims, our Office 365 Education Product Manager in Australia, or the official global announcement of Office 365 ProPlus for students and staff, or even better, just go to the site below and sign up and get started:

Learn MoreGo to the Office 365 site and sign in with your Education email address

* This may be a contentious comment to make, but there’s actually work for the IT Department to do if they want to block access to Office for their students or staff, but none if they’re happy for everybody to get it!

Comments (17)

  1. Lav says:

    Such a shame this has been turned off by the South Australian Education Department. I assume the rest of Australia can get this wonderful offer. Really puts our kids behind!!!

  2. Stuedent Hodgson HBSHS says:

    You're School Has To Eligable For This, But Hervey Bay State High Can Not Recieve This Opportunity As It Comes Up With This Message:

    We can't sign you up right now because we can't verify your school is on our list of eligible institutions. Check back in a few days to see if your school is eligible.

    And just in case: look for typos in the email address you entered. That could be the problem.

  3. Gina says:

    University of Queensland students are somehow not eligible either.

  4. Student at UQ says:

    I can verify that UQ students cannot access this either!

  5. Michael says:

    What happens to the email and storage when the students leave the school ?

  6. Gianluca says:

    Flinders University as of currently are not eligible, likely because it costs them money to have the deal.

  7. Jason says:

    Queensland TAFE is eligible, but not given a .edu.au email address… Talk about making things difficult!

  8. wayle says:

    RMIT uni is not eligible too 🙁

  9. Declan says:

    Doesn't seem to work in Western Australia either

  10. John says:

    What about QUT?

    Doesn't appear to work for us???

  11. Mike says:

    Same with the wa education department.  Sigh.

  12. Adie says:

    So what if your child does not have an email address but attends primary school?

    1. S says:

      Easy. Ask the school office for his edu email address. All state primary kids will have one whether they know about it or not. Did this for my primary school child…

  13. William says:

    This is going well………..

  14. Amanda says:

    I am studying with a registered RTO however they do not give an email address for students. I use my usual email address to interact with them. Can I use this ? I am studying a Cert 3 and Cert 4.


  15. Hannah says:

    This seems to be silly to me because even though you are eligible if you attend TAFE, you don't get an edu.au email :/

    1. Erica says:

      agreed – I’m a tafe student and can’t access this offer either. It would be great for my studies too.

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