About APO


APO 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, New Zealand and beyond.



  • An open access database with nearly 40,000 research resources
  • Publications sourced from over 4,600 organisations and journals in Australia, New Zealand and internationally
  • Scholarly research from universities, governments, organisations and think tanks
  • 8 Free email newsletters sent to 17,000 subscribers
  • 6,000+ Twitter followers
  • Commentary, video, audio, websites, book reviews, events, jobs, courses

Why do readers use APO?

  • 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 APO Briefing and seven weekly topic and geographic focussed 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. Subscribe here > 



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


APO specialises in collecting and cataloguing grey literature*, information and research produced by organisations. We now have over 4,600 sources including:                                     

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

For a full list or to see if your organisation is represented in the collection, go to: browse sources 

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APO is a non-profit project sustained by institutional support, grants, partnerships and advertising. Since it was established in 2002, APO 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. For more information visit APO's Partners page.


Contribute to APO by alerting us when your organisation hosts new research. APO 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. 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 APO to collect and preserve research content published informally online.