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 34,000 resources, particularly grey literature reports, articles and data, over 21,000 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

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Events, Jobs, Courses

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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 multi-institutional collaborative platform supported by major partners Swinburne University of Technology, University of South Australia and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). 

APO's development as research infrastructure has been supported by multiple Australian Research Council grants with a two year project underway in 2018-2019 in partnership with Swinburne University, RMIT University, UniSA, Australian Data Archive (ANU), Australian Urban Research Information Network, UNSW, Western Sydney University and ANZSOG. We are also partners with the CRC Low Carbon Living to develop the Built Better Knowledge Hub. 

In 2018 the governance structure is being reviewed and a new Advisory Board and Advisory Council is being set up. APO's work and strategic planning will be overseen by the Advisory Board consisting of representatives from the major partners. In addition we are setting up an Advisory Council that will include a range of voices and experience from our audience and users including researchers, analysts, practitioners, IT and computing expertise, and perspectives from university, government, NGO and industry. If you would like to be involved please email admin@apo.org.au to register your interest. 

Staff are based across a range of partner organisations and we also appreciate the support of volunteers, expert contributors and contributing developers. 


APO Advisory Board 2018


Prof Jane Farmer (Chair)

Director, Swinburne Social Innovation Institute

Swinburne University of Technology


Prof Lisa Given

Assoc Dean Research, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design

Swinburne University of Technology


Prof Aleks Subic

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)

Swinburne University of Technology


Prof Peter Graham

Deputy Director, Centre for Urban Transitions

Swinburne University of Technology



Ms Monica Pfeffer

Director, Applied Learning

Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)


Assoc Prof Catherine Althaus

School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne

Associate Dean (Academic) at ANZSOG


Prof Denise Meredyth

Pro Vice Chancellor, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences

University of South Australia


Prof Susan Luckman

Professor of Cultural Studies in the School of Creative Industries and Research Director, Creative Work Mobilities Research Node, Hawke EU Centre

University of South Australia


APO Advisory Council

Membership of the new APO Advisory Council will be announced later in 2018.


Major partners

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