Australian Policy Online (APO – now Analysis and Policy Observatory) was launched in 2002 as an open access database for policy research. APO now hosts 38,928 resources in 1264 subjects, contributed by more than 6000 institutions and almost 27,000 authors. Contributors include government departments and agencies, academic research centres, think tanks, civil society organisations, consultants, research companies and academic publishers from many countries. Many organisations have also joined as partners, collection sponsors, contributors and subscribers. The site has attracted more than 4.2 million users from around the world, who viewed 16.4 million pages.
APO was followed in 2008 by Inside Story, an online magazine of articles on current affairs and culture from Australia and beyond, written by academics and journalists. In 2016, 366 contributors wrote articles for Inside Story, publishing around nine articles each week. By November 2016, it had attracted 38,404 unique monthly users.
UniPollWatch was established for the 2014 Victorian state election to provide innovative coverage of current events through the eyes of young Australians. In the largest collaborative university journalism project in Australia, 260 journalism students at four universities participated, including 160 from Swinburne. The site has continued for other campaigns – during the 2016 federal election, 1000 students and 70 academic staff from 28 universities contributed to around 700 stories published on UniPollWatch.