About Policy Online


Policy Online is a research database and alert service providing free access to full text research reports and papers, statistics and other resources essential for public policy development and implementation in Australia and New Zealand.



  • An open access database with over 30,000 research resources
  • Publications sourced from close to 4,000 organisations and journals in Australia, New Zealand and internationally
  • Scholarly research from universities, governments, organisations and think tanks
  • Free email newsletters sent to 17,000 subscribers
  • 5,700+ Twitter followers
  • Commentary, video, audio, websites, book reviews, events, jobs, courses

Why do readers use policy online?

  • The latest policy research delivered to your inbox
  • Extensive database of research dating from 2002 with older reports being added
  • Free download of full text reports
  • User friendly browsing of topics
  • Find policy events, jobs and courses

Free email newsletter

With a readership of 17,000 subscribers, the twice weekly Policy Online Briefing and five weekly topic focused briefings provide regular updates on the latest policy research on a local and global scale. The newsletters also provide information on new jobs, events, courses and other resources of interest to the policy research community. Visit - apo.org.au/subscribe



  • Government: policy analysts, advisors, administrators, practitioners, politicians
  • Education: university researchers and lecturers, teachers, students
  • NGO's: research analysts, practitioners, charity and community sector workers
  • Corporations and professional practice: health and medical, legal, industry
  • Media and information management: journalists, librarians


Policy Online specialises in collecting and cataloguing grey literature*, information and research produced by organisations. We now have over 4,000 sources including:                                     

  • Government departments
  • Government agencies
  • Think tanks
  • Academic centres
  • International sources
  • NGO's
  • Journals
  • Media

For a full list of organisations go to http://apo.org.au/browse/sources

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Advertise on the Policy Online website and in the Policy Online Briefing email newsletter as little as $90. Site listings, newsletter banners, site block ads and package deals are also available. Visit - http://www.advertise.apo.org.au/


Policy Online is a non-profit project sustained by institutional support, grants, partnerships and advertising. Since it was established in 2002, Policy Online has been awarded a number of Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Grants (LIEF) grants, most recently in 2015.

Major supporting partners are Swinburne University of Technology, the University of South Australia, the Australia and New Zealand School of Government; Henry Halloran Trust, University of Sydney; the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) and the University of Canberra. Visit -  http://apo.org.au/partners


Contribute to Policy Online by alerting us when your organisation hosts new research. Policy Online also hosts special collections of curated material focusing on particular topics and regions. Take a leadership role in your field by supporting a new collection - visit http://apo.org.au/collections. Your organisation can also ensure the accessibility and longevity of its material by requesting that we host a full-text repository of your content; or become a member and receive further benefits including advertising packages and further promotion of your organisation and work.

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*More information on grey literature is available at our related research project Grey Literature Strategies, an ARC Linkage project (2012 - 2015) developed as a result of the work being undertaken at Policy Online to collect and preserve research content published informally online.