Policy Online Collections feature curated content related to either a geographic region or a more focussed look at a particular issue. The collections arise from partnerships with interested organisations (academic institutions, NGO's and projects) and these partnerships are acknowledged on each collection page. Each collection also includes related material from a range of other sources besides the sponsoring partner and benefits from the Policy Online database of material collected since 2002.

Some of these collections are dynamic and ongoing and others are archival: bringing the accumulated material from a project together in one place. To find out more or to suggest a new Policy Online Collection, email:

Resources in this collection cover topics such as retirement and superannuation, nursing home care, ageing well, advance medical directives, elder abuse and other issues concerning older people, human rights and social services.  The collection of this material has been supported by University of South Australia since January 2016.

The collection of resources about child protection, family violence and related issues is supported by the Australian Centre for Child Protection based at the University of South Australia.  The ACCP is an award-winning, national Centre dedicated to research, policy and practice to truly help children and families.

This collection features work by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) as well as other sources and includes research, commentary, audio and video. NCCARF completed its first phase of operation on 30 June 2013, leading a national interdisciplinary effort to provide information for decision-makers in government and communities to manage climate change impacts. This collection features NCCARF's work during that period. New research on this topic is now added intermittently.

The Communication & Media area of Policy Online is curated by the News & Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra.

The News & Media Research Centre investigates the evolution of media, content and communication and the impact of online and mobile systems. The Centre collaborates with partners and institutions in Australia and internationally.

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is the Victorian Government's lead agency for creating the conditions to sustainably develop the Victorian economy and grow employment. 

In 2015, APO embarked on a collection curation project in partnership with the DEDJTR to collect Agricultural Notes resources in a wide range of areas including crop production, meat and wool, and management of pests and diseases. 

This collection features 50 Agricultural Notes, all minted with Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) allowing for better citation practice and lasting sustainability.



Featuring reports, commentary, audio, video and other grey literature related to forced migration in Australia and its region, this collection is an initiative the Forced Migration Research Hub - an international network of research scholars working on issues of forced migration in the Asia-Pacific and hosted by the Swinburne Institute for Social Research in collaboration with Monash and La Trobe Universities.

This collection brings together research and resources on the broad topic of managing information including libraries, digital libraries, electronic publishing, grey literature, information resources management, open access publishing, scholarly communication, and many other related issues. This collection was established as part of the Grey Literature Strategies ARC Linkage research project (2012 - 2015) a partnership with Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria University, the National Library of Australia, the National State Libraries Australasia, the Australian Council for Educational Research and the Eidos Insittute. It has now been expanded to bring together the wider world of information management supported by APO and Swinburne University of Technology. We welcome contributions by others interested in developing the collection for their own research and practice work. Register to contribute and post your work or that of other organisations of interest in this field.

The collection of resources relating to Muslims and interfaith dialogue in Australia and beyond is supported by the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding (MnM) based at the University of South Australia.The MnM Centre seeks to understand the root causes of the differences between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities and to pioneer ways of bridging the divide that these differences seem to produce.

This collection is supported by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and includes policy research, commentary, audio, video, websites and other content related to New Zealand and/or published by New Zealand authors and organisations on all topics.

Sources: The organisations and publishers monitored regularly for content are listed here. If you know of other sources producing regular policy related research from or about New Zealand please email:


Containing reports that were released before the age of digitisation, this collection will help provide background information on major issues which have often been reviewed and reported on in the past but for which the key documents have been either unavailable or hard to locate. A Policy Online and National Library of Australia Partnership.

The Social Impact Collection is curated in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact (link is external) at the University of New South Wales, the University of Western Australia and Swinburne University of Technology. This collection will bring together the latest research on social issues, the social purpose sector, collaboration and measuring outcomes.  

SOAC national conferences have been held since 2003 under the aegis of the Australian Sustainable Cities and Regions Network.  Providing a focus for new urban scholarship, the biennial conferences bring together prominent academics working in this area together with new researchers, policy makers and practitioners interested in the Australian city.

The Student Wellbeing Project is a research initiative of the Swinburne Institute of Social Research around the delivery of student support services in Government and Catholic schools in Australia. This collection collates the historic and current policies, strategic initiatives, guidelines and relevant reports that relate to student wellbeing and how models of student support services in schools have developed over time.

This collection is supported by the Henry Halloran Trust at the University of Sydney and includes policy research, commentary, audio, video, websites and other content related to Urban Policy and Practice