Help Centre

Welcome to Policy Online Help

This page will contain a list of the available help pages that have been developed. We will be adding to this section as new features come on board. 

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Research and information for public policy, practice and industry

Publish and share documents, data, audio, video or web links on APO and reach thousands of readers in education, government, NGOs, industry and the media.


Important note: Always search first to see if we already have the item. If we don't  these instructions describe the process to follow to add new material to APO.


Getting started

1. Log in (top right hand side of site)

2. Once on the dashboard go to the Menu bar at the top of the screen, select Contribute, then select Add a resource from the pull-down menu. This will open the Add resources page.

What is a DOI?

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) gives you a permanent link to your research online, allowing for consistent citation of research with no danger of dead links. DOIs greatly enhance discoverability and retrieval of content for researchers and institutions.

Thanks to an Australian National Data Service (ANDS)-funded project, APO is able to mint DOIs for research and data hosted on the APO database.

APO collects and catalogues a wide range of policy related resources categorised in the formats of: Research, Commentary, Audio, Video and Websites.

Within these formats we consider Articles, Surveys, Books, Book reviews, Briefing papers, Chapters, Directories, Discussion papers, Essays, Guides, Interviews, Journal Articles, Literature reviews, Lectures, Presentations, Policies, Programs, Reports, Statistics, Strategies, Submissions, Theses, Transcripts, Working papers and more, with a preference towards researched work over opinion.


We request your permission to allow APO ( to upload and hold a copy of openly available full text resources produced by your organisation.

APO is a not‐for­‐profit research database providing access to publications and resources and functions as an institutional repository for much Australian policy information.  Since 2002, as this information has increasingly proliferated in digital formats, APO has been at the forefront of efforts to comprehensively preserve and document Australian policy resources. 

If you publish open access research chances are we have, or should have*, something by your organisation. We call publishers and producers 'sources' on Policy Online and there are at least three ways you can find everything from one source.

The following collection policy covers the management and reuse of APO metadata and full text content. It was developed in the standard format used by the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) in order to increase the visibility and impact of repositories around the world.

Data Policy

for full-text and other full data items

You can organise material on APO according to your own needs.  Make lists of useful research to return to, reports you want to share with others (or on your own site) or for any other reason you would like to group items together.