About APO


Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO) is an award-winning, open access knowledge hub and information service providing easy access to policy and practice research and resources. 

APO makes policy research visible, discoverable and usable. 

Established in 2002 at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, APO is a not-for-profit collaborative knowledge infrastructure and web platform working with partners from universities and organisations across Australia, New Zealand and beyond. 



APO is updated daily with the latest policy research ensuring policy makers and analysts can discover and access the best in policy knowledge and evidence

APO includes over 32,000 resources, particularly grey literature reports, articles and data, over 20,000 authors and nearly 5,000 source organisations with detailed bibliographic information and classification of resources by topic, coverage and format.

Audio and video, infographics, websites and online database listings, guides and how tos

Events, jobs, courses, calls for papers and other opportunities and community notices.

Historical reports and digitisation program with policy reports dating back to 1836


What users say about APO


"Great independent service with intelligent material sourced from a wide range of government and NGO sectors. Excellent to keep up to date with issues, reports, research etc."

APO User Survey 2016

"I think the site is very useful in consolidating research papers and information on a range of social policy issues. I would recommend the site to anyone working or interested in policy issues."

APO User Survey 2016

"Love the website - its a god-send for policy people seeking the best news and reports from all around the world and Aust"

APO User Survey 2016


The latest policy research updated daily

Daily and weekly email newsletters 

Free document and data hosting of quality policy and practice resources, moderated by APO editors

Open access to full text publications, data and other resources

User friendly browsing and faceted search by topic, geographic region, date, author, publishing organisation



"I find the regular email is a very succinct and easy to use way of finding out about useful articles and reports."

APO User Survey 2016



APO content is curated from nearly 5,000 organisations and publishers in Australia, New Zealand, UK, US, Europe, Canada and many other countries. Content covers:

  • Government departments and agencies

  • Academic research centres

  • Think tanks

  • Civil society organisations including NGOs and INGOs

  • Consultants and research companies

  • Academic publishers

Huge range of formats and grey literature publication types

  • Research reports

  • Project reports

  • Inquiries

  • Briefings

  • Guides

  • Surveys

  • Data

  • Journal articles

  • Conference papers

  • Books and book chapters

  • Evaluations

  • Submissions


"This website is the best source of recent grey literature, but also gives me access to articles that I may not see because they are a little tangential to my key research areas."

APO User Survey 2016




APO advertising reaches the policy and research audience

Newsletter banners

Web block ads

Events, Jobs, Courses

Advertise here

Advertising Rate Card

Custom Collections

Create customised special collections on the topic or content of your choice. 

Engage APO curatorial support

Contact editors@apo.org.au for more information


Free email newsletters delivered daily or weekly to your inbox

Free NZ Fortnightly Briefing



Upload and publish your research

Add a Resource instructions

Moderated for quality

DOIs and full bibliographic metadata available

Ensure your research has impact and can be measured through APO metrics and other services


"We love APO as a great way of getting our content out there – it can be really tough to get the right eyes on our research, and as we’re open access, literally the only goal we have is for people to read our research and find it useful in their policy work."

Sophie Yates, Research Fellow and Assistant Editor, Evidence Base, Australia and New Zealand School of Government 


APO is a not-for-profit open access collaboration

Our work is overseen by an Advisory Group of academics and policy experts

Staff are based across a range of partner organisations in Melbourne, Canberra and Wellington, NZ

We also appreciate the support of volunteers, expert contributors and contributing developers.


APO Advisory Group 2017

Prof Jane Farmer (Chair)
Director, Swinburne Social Innovation Institute

Prof Denise Meredyth
Pro Vice Chancellor, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences,
University of South Australia

Prof Lisa Given
Assoc Dean Research, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design
Swinburne University of Technology

Prof Peter Phibbs
Director, Henry Halloran Trust and Chair of Urbanism
University of Sydney


Monica Pfeffer
Director, Applied Learning
Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)

Prof Julian Thomas
ECP Director, Social Change,
RMIT University

Assoc. Prof Sora Park
Director, News & Media Research Centre
University of Canberra

Mr Derek Whitehead
Chair, Australian Digital Alliance




Director, APO
Amanda Lawrence


Systems Developer
Camilo Jorquera


Low Carbon Living Knowledge Hub Project Manager
Michelle Zwagerman


Marketing Coordinator 
Emily Silvester


Penelope Aitken


Deputy Editor
Tim McCarthy


Assistant Editor
Andrew Zammit


Communications & Media Editor
Megan Deas


Current Interns

Ana Colling
Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)
Swinburne University of Technology

Isabella Tilley
Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)
Swinburne University of Technology

Julia Pham
Bachelor of Arts (Global)/Bachelor of Commerce
Monash University


Volunteers and Student Placements

There are lots of ways to volunteer with APO. We offer great work experience across a range of areas including content curation, database updates, marketing and promotion, and special projects. Volunteers are able to work with us online or at our Hawthorn offices. We would particularly welcome librarians and information managers who would like to help with curation and database improvements. 

APO is able to host students, interns and industry placements from various discplines including information management, politics, sociology, public policy in any discipline area, marketing and communications, computer sciences and othe courses.  

If you would like to volunteer or organise a placement with APO please contact Penelope Aitken (editors@apo.org.au)


Major partners

APO is supported by partnerships and collaborations with organisations in Australia, New Zealand and around the globe.