APO for Students


If you study public policy or social issues, you've come to the right place. 


Be informed.

We make public policy easily accessible and discoverable. So you can spend less time searching for what you need.

Explore all kinds of public policy topics – for free!


Stay informed.

We select and curate some of the best and most timely resources for our APO Briefings – to help keep you on top of your game.

Subscribe to our free Daily or Weekly APO Briefings for the latest in the policy sphere.  



    Discover your secret weapon.

    • Learn how to make APO work for you. Download our handy Student How to Guide and start using APO today.
    • Or, if you're a university course coordinator or lecturer you can download our Lecture Slide to introduce your students to APO.
    • And, if you're a tutor or librarian you can download our Tutorial Exercise Slide to use in class. 

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    You can also find us in the Informit Policy Database at your library.

    Student FAQs

    What is public policy?

    A lot of people find this hard to answer – even policy people! That’s because public policy covers such a broad range of social issues and touches on almost every aspect of our lives. From the air we breathe, to the food we eat, to the water we drink. Yet, to most of us, most of the time, it is seemingly invisible. Watch our short ‘It’s good policy’ video to learn more about the different ways that policy affects us all.

    What careers involve public policy?

    Careers in public policy can be in almost any industry. Many ‘policy people’ work in the government, education, NGOs or commercial sectors. Your role could involve being an analyst or advisor, researcher or writer, influencer or implementer within any of those broad industry sectors.

    Can I search for a specific resource?

    Yes! Simply enter the title of the resource into the Search box.

    My assignment is on a specialised topic – help!

    We carefully catalogue each APO resource with keywords, subject terms and geographical coverage, making it easier for you to discover multiple resources on specialised topics. Simply use our Search box to enter your keywords. For example, to find resources for an assignment on ‘health education in the the Pacific’ just enter the keywords ‘health education Pacific’ into the search box. To refine you results further, you can do so via the search filter (on the left hand side of your search results page). Filters include geographic coverage, date published, publisher, resource type etc.

    Why should I subscribe to APO Briefings?

    In an age of information overload and ‘fake news’, we believe that it’s important to get quality knowledge from the source. Our APO Editors carefully curate the latest policy resources – including evidence-based research, government policy publications and corporate grey literature – straight from the policy sphere into our Daily and Weekly APO Briefings. Don't just get get information, Subscribe to APO and get informed.