— an authoritative database about Australian literature and storytelling

    — a partner and collaborator in scholarly research

    — a team of scholars, librarians, researchers, volunteers

    — a publisher of scholarly research

    — a key element of national research infrastructure


    AustLit’s mission is ‘to be the definitive information resource and research environment for Australian literary, print, and narrative cultures’.


    AustLit is a non-profit collaboration between a network of researchers from Australian universities and the National Library of Australia, led by The University of Queensland. Our goal is to support research into, and the teaching of, Australian literary, narrative, and print cultures and the expansion of knowledge about the place of story in Australian culture in the past and present.

    We provide authoritative information on creative and critical works by and about Australian writers, relevant cultural organisations, and industries. A range of full text creative and critical works is also available.

    AustLit collaborators form a powerful coalition of senior literary researchers, librarians, and information-management professionals. Members of this group define AustLit’s direction and orientation.


    Led by The University of Queensland, AustLit is a non-profit, research-driven collaboration between a network of researchers from Australian universities and theNational Library of Australia.

    The University of Queensland has been the lead university since 2002, followingUNSW at ADFA‘s (now called UNSW Canberra) lead status in the project’s first years (2000-2001).

    The University of Queensland provides significant levels of core non-operational funding, infrastructure, office, and administrative support, and acts as the point of contact for all enquiries. All partner universities provide infrastructural support to staff working on AustLit-funded projects.

    AustLit operates under the guidance of a Board of Management, whose members are drawn from all partner institutions, the NLA, and the Association for the Study of Australian Literature.