APO Policy and Guidelines

Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO) is a digital repository that collects, curates, catalogues and hosts policy-relevant research, practice, and analysis resources.

APO is a not-for-profit operation under the auspices of Swinburne University of Technology (Swinburne) in Melbourne, Australia. 

Opinions or views expressed on the APO website do not necessarily reflect the views of Swinburne, APO or its staff.




Privacy and data security

APO follows Swinburne Univesity privacy guidelines.

APO website users who have provided personal information are subject to, and protected by, Australian laws and standards including, but not limited to:



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



APO takes a collection approach which is editorially independent and politically non-partisan.


Diversity of sources

APO endeavours to collect, curate, catalogue and host resources in the public domain from a broad diversity of research perspectives and policy standpoints.



APO endeavours to accurately collect, curate, catalogue and host resources, including their metadata.

Any APO statistics collected and published on the website are calculated on a best-effort basis and are provided ‘as is’ with no guarantees of their accuracy, whether stated or implied. APO website statistics should be used with discretion and should not be used for research, publication, or other reuse. See the Guidelines below for more information on how APO statistics are calculated.


Cataloguing queries

Queries regarding resource records and requests for corrections and clarifications in cataloguing resources can be raised with the APO Editors via Contact us. See APO's Collecting policy for more detailed information.



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

However, APO may also collect, curate and catalogue selected resources which require subscription or payment, such as journal articles and records of significant public policy relevance.


Children and young people

APO curates resources which are intended for people aged 13 and above. Resources on APO are generally appropriate for use in high school and higher education.

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.


Public contributors

Anyone can create an APO user account and contribute resources including, but not limited to, their own work(s) and publications.

APO moderates, evaluates and vets all contributed resources. See APO's Guidelines on moderation and vetting below.


Changes and announcements

APO reserves the right to make changes to its product offerings and policies at any time. APO will make public any changes to its Guidelines.



APO accepts limited paid advertising opportunities for events, courses, jobs, calls & notices which support the tertiary education sector, professional development training and knowledge management, or organisations of interest to people in policy and practice.

APO reserves the right to accept or reject any advertisement request for publication on the APO website and associated publications for any reason.


Financial support and partnerships

APO is funded by several grants and projects through the Australian Government Australian Research Council.

Swinburne hosts the APO offices and supports several staff positions.

APO is also financially supported through partnership agreements and research projects with other Australian universities and public sector agencies. Ongoing major partnerships are listed on the About us page.




Moderation and vetting

  • APO asserts editorial rights to accept or reject resource contributions for publication, at its discretion.
  • Contributed resources should be in one of the following file formats: txt, pdf, doc, rtf, docx, csv, xls, xlsx, htm or html.
  • Contributed resources that are 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(s).
  • Contributed resources or links to resources that are poorly written, not in clear English, lacking acknowledgements, lacking a bibliography for cited sources, provided without keywords, or deemed by APO moderators to be otherwise inappropriate, will be rejected and the contributor will be notified by email.
  • Contributed own-work should be complete and of a high standard.
  • Decisions to accept or reject contributions to APO are final and no additional correspondence will be entered into.


Visits to resource pages

APO statistics on visits to resource pages are determined from requests for the page serving the resource. APO's visit count was reset with the APO website upgrade on 1 January 2017. Visit counts, since that time, were taken exclusively from the new website from that date until February 2019.

On 8 February 2019, APO successfully re-incorporated the visit counts from the previous website, thereby showing the full count of visits to those resources collected, both prior to the 2017 upgrade and after. 

APO uses Google Analytics to count visits to APO web pages.


Downloads of resources

The APO Downloads statistic gives the number of requests for the full text copy of the resource. APO is currently reviewing the Download statistic count, which will be re-introduced soon.



For all feedback and questions about APO Policy and Guidelines, please Contact us.