About APO

APO. It's good policy. 

APO is an online knowledge hub that makes public policy research visible, discoverable and usable.

We collect and curate high quality content – our database contains over 38,000 resources, including specialist collections, grey literature reports, articles and data. We want to help you create informed policy and keep you updated with the latest policy and practice research and resources.

APO was established in 2002 at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. As a not-for-profit collaborative knowledge infrastructure and web platform, we work with partners from universities and other organisations across Australia, New Zealand and beyond. 



What users say about APO


'APO just saves me tons of time. It's a really convenient, fantastic way to find out what's going on. It's all about making research more visible and more usable. The difference is that you find much more current work and you find a wider range of diverse research resources.'

Julian Thomas, RMIT

'I use APO to find the evidence base for issues that I'm interested in knowing about. Every week, every month it's becoming more and more authoritative in the number of articles, and research pieces, and white papers and grey papers they pull together from across Australia from thousands of sources.'

Karen Mahlab, Pro Bono Australia

'The ability to be able to access something in a synthesised, accessible format is a delight. It's hugely helpful in terms of giving a concrete tool to practitioners.'

Catherine Althaus, Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)



  • The latest in policy research updated daily

  • Daily and weekly APO Briefings

  • 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



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

We host a huge range of formats and grey literature publication types, including:

  • Research reports

  • Project reports

  • Inquiries

  • Briefings

  • Guides

  • Surveys

  • Data

  • Journal articles

  • Conference papers

  • Books and book chapters

  • Evaluations

  • Submissions



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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



Major partners

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