Welcome to the new Open Access Australasia website

About Us

Our goal is to make Australasian research outputs open for all.

The group was founded in 2013 as the Australian Open Access Support Group, AOASG. In 2015, with the addition of members from New Zealand and a change of focus, it became the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group.

In 2021, we became Open Access Australasia.

We support all models of open access, and in particular we endorse the principles of the  F.A.I.R. Access Policy Statement  for research outputs to be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable, ensuring they can be part of the global research ecosystem. 

We are committed to advocating for and raising awareness of open access in Australia and New Zealand through collaboration regionally and internationally and building capacity and expertise within this region.

This website aims to be an authoritative source of information on all aspects of open access in Australia and New Zealand.

Our major focus is on open access to research publications – preprints, peer reviewed scholarly manuscripts, books, monographs and theses. We also contribute to initiatives in open research practices, data, software, open educational resources, reform of research assessment and copyright and open licenses.

The Patron of Open Access Australasia is Emeritus Professor Tom Cochrane, Faculty of Law at QUT.


Open Access Australasia Strategy 2021-2022


2020 was a tumultuous year globally and one that reinforced the key role of open access to academic research to combat global threats, specifically the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In late March 2021, Open Access Australasia (then known as AOASG) members met to review last year’s work and to provide input on priorities for 2021-2022.

The principles that underpin the work of Open Access Australasia are:

  • Equity in scholarly communications, to both access and publish research
  • Support for a diverse ecosystem of open access approaches
  • Support for integrity and quality in research
  • Maximisation of the impact of research
  • Appropriate and respectful use of Indigenous knowledges
  • Retention of rights by authors or their institutions

Our strategic priorities for 2021-2022

  • Advise on national, regional and international strategies for open research
  • Establish Open Access Australasia as the authoritative regional resource for open access 
  • Support thriving communities of practice for open access in Australasia

Related initiatives

Though our work for 2021-2022 will continue to focus primarily on open access, we are mindful of the need to ensure that it aligns with work regionally and globally on open research initiatives more widely. We will continue to monitor developments across the entire research lifecycle and will participate as appropriate.  

Rationale and activities associated with strategic priorities

Advise on national, regional and international strategies for open research


Work by CAUL and Open Access Australasia in 2020 cemented the interest and opportunity for a national approach in Australia. International work also coalesced around support for open research more generally as evidenced by UNESCO and APEC work.

Specific Activities
  • Liaison with CAUL to support work of Australia’s Chief Scientist
  • Support for UNESCO consultation
  • Discussion of relevant policies and initiative with national funders and peak bodies 
  • Provide support to CONZUL as requested to support open access in New Zealand

Establish Open Access Australasia as the authoritative regional resource for open access 


Research on the use of our website in 2020 showed that there was large use of specific, regional content especially directories of unique Australasian content and resources tailored to this region.

Specific Activities
  • Complete the project to renew the website and transfer relevant content across
  • Develop new resources, especially aimed at providing rapid, accurate updates
  • Develop online courses and other resources on open access

Support thriving communities of practice for open access in Australasia


As open access uptake increases across the region, there is an associated increase in the need for a healthy community of practice to support practitioners. We have  long-standing experience in coordinating communities of practice for New Zealand and Australia through monthly online meetings. 

Specific Activities
  • Provide opportunity for  our Australian group to  support particular aspects of open access
  • Continue our webinar series to promote awareness of the diversity of open access approaches
  • Engage with our membership through practitioner working groups

Download Open Access Australasia Strategy 2021-22



Meet Members

The Open Access Australasia membership is made up of 28 universities across Australia and New Zealand, Creative Commons Australian chapter, Tohatoha Aotearoa Commons, ALIA, Australian Digital Alliance, and Wikimedia Australia.

Meet Executive committee & staff

The Open Access Australasia Executive Committee (2020-2022) are:
Martin Borchert, UNSW (Chair)

Martin Borchert is an experienced leader with over 15 years in senior roles and is the University Librarian at UNSW Sydney where he was appointed to the position in June 2016. In this role, Martin nurtures strong partnerships to build upon the work and reputation of the UNSW Library. He is working to further develop services, resources and facilities which support students, HDR candidates, academic staff and community members in attaining their academic, professional and personal goals and the goals of the university. The Library focuses on delivering efficient and effective, digital, scalable and engaging library services. He is a strong advocate for transformation in scholarly communication via open access, open science and open infrastructure.

Donna McRostie, University of Melbourne

Donna McRostie is the Deputy Director, Research and Collection Stewardship in the Library at University of Melbourne and has worked in a variety of Information Management roles across higher education. She currently leads the Research and Collection Stewardship Program and is responsible for the services, systems and processes that facilitate the acquisition, discovery and access of the scholarly, special and archival collections and developing partnerships to unlock the potential of these collections to support scholarship. She is a member of the DOAJ Council and Chair of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) Australasian Stakeholders Group.

Fiona Burton, Macquarie University

My portfolio covers Collections, Discovery and Technology Services which requires me to lead and manage the Collections and Discovery Department which manages discovery services and systems and is responsible for the identification, procurement, discoverability and accessibility of scholarly collections, including advice and leadership to the University, and the Library Technology Services Department which is responsible for the provision of library technology services. The Research & Scholarly Information Services portfolio is also part of my portfolio. 

In previous roles I was the Manager, Digital Repository Project responsible for the of Macquarie University ResearchOnline, Macquarie University’s Digital Repository, and the launch of the University’s open access mandate.  

In my combined portfolio I am working to promote the goals of open access and open educational resources across Macquarie University, and the broader scholarly communication landscape. 

Scott Nicholls, University of Western Australia

Scott Nicholls is a librarian with over 20 years’ experience in designing, developing and delivering services to meet the information needs of staff and students in higher education. He has a strong interest in how technological innovation can be used to better manage and deliver library services and has played a key role in a number of initiatives within the University including the extensive development of its electronic collections, the implementation of improved searching and discovery services, and the roll out of a unified library management system to better manage the acquisition of and access to library resources.

Scott is currently the Associate University Librarian (Research and Collections) at the University of Western Australia. He is responsible for a broad portfolio including collection and access services, research publication and data services, special collections, digitisation, records management and archives. He also oversees the library’s budget, planning processes, and major renovations projects, as part of the Library Executive team. Scott is focussed on continuing to develop processes, infrastructure, and staff skills and capacity to help drive innovation and improvement in services and achieve Library and University goals.

Anne Scott, University of Canterbury Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

Anne Scott is Pou Tuatahi | University Librarian at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She is Chair of the Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL) which provides a national perspective and leadership on matters related to libraries and their support for research and scholarship in New Zealand universities. She is also a CONZUL delegate to the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL).

Maureen Sullivan, Griffith University

Maureen has extensive experience across library sectors incorporating significant expertise in the provision of transformational leadership, strategic and operational management, library systems and innovative information service delivery. Her experience covers public libraries in NSW, the TAFE sector and University libraries as well as government archives.

Maureen has a particular interest in the library role in navigating the digital shift for scholarly information in our increasingly global and connected world.

Griffith University recently adopted the Library-led Open Research Statement. Griffith University aims to make a major contribution to society through high quality, ground-breaking research. Griffith has made an explicit commitment to foster an Open Research culture within the University to help drive greater societal and economic impact from that research. The University encourages researchers to make the outputs of their research and, where appropriate, the accompanying data, “as open as possible, as closed as necessary”.

Ginny Barbour, Director

Dr Virginia (Ginny) Barbour is Director of Open Access Australasia and is Co-Lead, Office for Scholarly Communications, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). In 2004, she was one of the three founding editors of PLOS Medicine. She was Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics from 2012-2017. She has been involved over the years with many Open Access, publishing, and ethics initiatives including the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) the Cochrane Library Oversight Committee, and as a Plan S Ambassador. She writes for the Conversation. She is on the NHMRC’s Research Quality Steering Committee.

Her ORCID profile is here http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2358-2440

Sandra Fry, Project Officer

Sandra works one day per week for Open Access Australasia and is mostly responsible for compiling the newsletter, logistics for webinars and maintaining our website.   Four days a week she is a Librarian at QUT working directly with academic staff and higher degree research students and provides advice & assistance on scholarly publishing, referencing systems, publication metrics, demonstrating research impact, locating and managing information and research data.  She’s also involved in the ongoing development of the QUT Library collection of databases, books and resources. She is a former sessional academic in broadcast journalism at QUT, and was previously a journalist for the ABC.

Sally Murray-Walsh, Project Officer

Sally is on a six month contract developing educational resources for Open Access Australasia. She is creating a variety of online materials that will be available via the Open Access Australasia website. These materials will assist Open Access Australasia’s priority of establishing, “Open Access Australasia as the authoritative regional resource of open access”. Sally’s prior work as a Research Liaison Librarian at the University of Newcastle means she is familiar with the difficulties practitioners face when promoting open access amongst researchers. 

Terms of reference

  1. Advocacy
  • To advocate for open access outcomes from publicly funded research
  • To provide leadership through providing information to government funding bodies, researchers and policy makers
  1. Collaboration
  • To collaborate and develop relationships with organisations of researchers and scholarly communications (for example the Australia Digital Alliance http://digital.org.au, Council of Australian University Librarians https://www.caul.edu.au/) to support open access
  • To maximise the collective knowledge of Open Access Australasia (previously AOASG) membership by collaborating with each other to support open access objectives
  1. Raising awareness
  • To provide a voice within the region on open access and to contribute to international discussions around the world
  • To ensure that the research community and the community more broadly has access to accurate information on open access, actively identifying and addressing misinformation.
  • To remain abreast of, and engage in, current debates including providing arguments for open access
  • To identify potential issues for the future including their complexities and possible impacts
  1. Lead and build capacity
  • To remain nimble and flexible and evolve to ensure the organisation is sustainable.
  • To develop capabilities in Australian and New Zealand research organisations to advance open access.

UNSW Library, Sydney provides administrative support for Open Access Australasia. The staff are physically based at QUT in Brisbane.