New APO Feature Collections 2018

Some of APO’s growing list of special collections. 

APO’s research and Feature Collections act as knowledge hubs for key publications, data sets and other resources, bringing together both new materials and building up an archive that can be searched and analysed. 

With our extensive database of research we can quickly pull together the key research on a particular issue from the APO archive as well as seeking out essential resources to add to the collection. In 2018 we have continued to grow our Special Collections supported by Major Partners, Australian Research Council (ARC) project partners and a range of other organisations. 

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New home for regional research and policy resources

A new collaboration between RAI and APO will secure access to regional research and policy resources into the future.

In November 2017, [In]Form RAI’s online library of regional research moved to APO. Since 2012, RAI has gathered over 2500 resources in the [In]Form library. [In]Form has grown into a valuable tool for government, academics and regional communities and has helped to guide RAI’s policy agenda.

Moving to APO will enrich APO’s regional content and allow it to grow into the future. APO is updated daily, moderated by editors and features user-friendly search and browsing. It is used by an extensive audience of policy makers, practitioners and researchers.

Since 2016, APO has employed a Regional Development Editor, based at RMIT University, who specialises in regional resources.

APO and RAI are confident this collaboration will allow us to continue to share knowledge, ideas and practical solutions to improve prosperity in regional Australia.

All [In]Form content will be available at

It will continue to be available at for a certain period but will not be updated.

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APO and UniSA’s new Cultural Policy & Creative Industries Collection

Creative industries add both economic and cultural value to society by generating knowledge, information and artefacts through creative practice and production. With this in mind, APO and University of South Australia (UniSA) have joined forces to launch the new Cultural Policy & Creative Industries Collection.

Resources in the collection focus on work by and about the cultural sector, including galleries, libraries, archives, museums, publishers, film and performing arts organisations, as well as arts funding and advisory bodies.

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Image: Loïc Fürhoff (Unsplash)

Additionally, the collection considers the broader creative economy, including advertising, arts, television, music, crafts, fashion, research and development, radio, journalism, games, software, and artistic expression more generally.

The collection has been commissioned and supported by the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at the UniSA and is overseen by Professor Susan Luckman, who writes:

‘I would like this resource to be the “go to” reference for key Australian documents on the issue, and on social inclusion and diversity in the Australian cultural and creative industries generally. Reports such as Screen Australia’s Seeing Ourselves: Reflections on Diversity in Australian TV Drama, and Laboratory Adelaide’s and David Throsby’s work on incomes and the working conditions for arts workers will be key here.’

If you have produced research in this area, or know of work we should be considering, please contact Penelope Aitken at APO at

Digitisation of ANU’s Urban Research Program Working Paper Series

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APO in conjunction with ANU Open Research is pleased to announce the digitisation of the complete collection of the ANU’s Urban Research Unit / Program Working Paper Series (1987-1999).

The digitisation of these 66 papers was undertaken by ANU Open Research at the ANU Library and by APO as part of the Linked Data II project, funded by the Australian Research Council.

Elke Dawson, Manager, Open Research at ANU, stressed the breadth and significance of the series coverage.

‘This important series covers national, state and local issues surrounding housing, the environmental quality of urban areas, social indicators, land policy, transport, infrastructure investment and planning and employment towards the end of the 20th century in Australia.’

The papers will add to APO’s Urban Policy & Practice Collection supported by Swinburne University of Technology and RMIT University, as well as APO’s Policy History Collection of pre-internet resources.

The series is now available at ANU Open Research and here on APO.

APO launches Private Rental Housing Collection

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APO has recently launched its new Private Rental Housing collection. Supported by Swinburne University’s Centre for Urban Transitions, this collection contains government, academic and other sector reports as well as media discussion about the financing, development and supply of rental housing, tenant access and rental property management in Australia. The collection can be viewed at

APO’s full Collections list can be found here