APO Policies and Guidelines

Advertising terms and conditions

  1. ‘Advertising’ includes Banner advertising in Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO) newsletters, Classified listings in APO newsletters and on the APO website, and on any other associated platforms and publications. 
  2. All advertising is subject to availability and is moderated by APO.
  3. APO reserves the right to either reject or remove any advertisements for any reason.
  4. APO will not accept advertisements that appear to be in breach of any laws or standards. It is the responsibility of the Advertiser to ensure that all advertisements provided to APO are not contrary to any Australian or international laws, regulations, standards or codes. 
  5. The Advertiser indemnifies APO against all claims, actions, suits, liabilities, costs and expenses incurred by APO as a result of the listing published by the Advertiser on APO.
  6. APO makes every effort to avoid errors in advertisements. However, it is the responsibility of the Advertiser to check for errors and APO accepts no responsibility or liability for any errors. APO will make every effort to amend any errors in a timely manner if contacted by the Advertiser. 
  7. APO is not liable for any loss or damage incurred by the Advertiser as a result of any error, failure or delay in listing an advertisement.
  8. Rates set by APO may vary without notice. Rates are in Australian dollars and 10% GST is applicable. 
  9. All amounts owing to APO must be paid within 30 days of the date of the invoice. APO may charge interest on late payment.
  10. Advertisers must pay the amount of all invoices in full notwithstanding any errors or omissions in any advertisement.

Changes and announcements

APO reserves the right to make changes to its product and services and Policies and Guidelines at any time, without notice. 

Content policy

APO collects, curates, catalogues and hosts resources from a diversity of research perspectives and policy standpoints. APO specialises in grey literature (i.e. literature published by organisations whose primary purpose is not commercial publishing) and includes resources sourced from a wide range of organisations such as government, agencies, regulators, research institutes, non-for-profits, think tanks and industry. 

Resource types include reports, working and discussion papers, literature reviews, evaluations and open access journal articles. 

APO no longer accepts resources that are behind a paywall or preprints.


  1. APO takes an editorial approach which is independent and politically non-partisan. 
  2. Opinions or views expressed on the APO website, associated platforms and in resources, do not necessarily reflect the views of Swinburne University of Technology, APO or its staff.
  3. APO curates resources that are intended for people aged 13 and above. Resources on APO are generally appropriate for use in high school and higher education.
  4. APO will not, to the best of its knowledge, host resources that could reasonably be considered to be offensive, or that contain content of an explicit sexual or violent nature.
  5. Where possible, APO will endeavour to attach accessible and/or Easy Read format versions of resources to our records.
  6. APO endeavours to accurately catalogue and host relevant and appropriate resources, including their metadata. Queries regarding resource records and requests for corrections and clarifications can be raised with the APO Editors at editors@apo.org.au

Contribution and moderation

Anyone can register for an APO user account and contribute published public policy and research resources for APO to consider adding to its repository. Authors, researchers, and organisations are strongly encouraged to contribute resources for editorial consideration. 

Resources will be considered that are:

  • relevant to public policy and research in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and beyond
  • published by an organisation and in the public domain. APO no longer accepts individual submissions to public inquiries. Submissions will only be accepted if they have been published by an organisation and available on their website.
  • credible and well expressed.

Moderation of contributed resources

  1. APO moderates all contributed resources.
  2. APO asserts editorial rights to accept or reject resource contributions at its discretion. 
  3. Contributed resources uploaded to APO should adhere to the copyright statement of the resource, unless the contributor can be clearly identified as an author or other rights holder over the work. 
  4. Contributed work should be complete and of a high standard. Contributed resources that are poorly written, not in clear English, lacking acknowledgements, lacking reference citations, or deemed by APO to be otherwise inappropriate, will be rejected and the contributor will be notified by email.
  5. Decisions to accept or reject contributions to APO are final.

To contribute a resource for consideration, go to How to use APO and follow the steps to add a resource.

APO observes Australian and international copyright standards and acknowledges copyright ownership as found on resources and related documentation.

By hosting content APO does not claim copyright over the work but is granted the non-exclusive right to post and distribute it. External contributors undertake that, to the best of their knowledge, they have the right to grant that permission.


For feedback and questions about our Policies and Guidelines, use the APO Feedback form on the Contact us page.

Financial support and partnerships

APO is a not-for-profit operation under the auspices of Swinburne University of Technology (ABN 13 628 586 699) in Melbourne, Australia. Since its inception in 2002, Swinburne has hosted and supported APO and its staff. APO is a public good and has relied on research grants from bodies such as the Australian Research Council and the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), as well as partnerships with universities and organisations such as the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). APO seeks to partner with organisations that believe open access to useful evidence is an essential part of a well-functioning society. 

Because website links to resources can be unstable, APO prefers to host full-text copies of publications. In cases where material is copyright protected, or only released in a HTML format, APO backs up external links via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.


Any APO statistics collected and published on the website are calculated on a best-effort basis with no guarantees of their accuracy, whether stated or implied. APO website statistics should be used with discretion. 

Open access

APO strongly prioritises resources that are in the public domain and freely accessible, which do not require payment via subscriptions or institutional access (i.e. are 'behind a paywall').

Privacy and data security

APO follows Swinburne University of Technology's Privacy statement and Privacy guidelines and procedure.

APO website users who have provided personal information are subject to, and protected by, Australian laws and standards including: