The APA represents and promotes the publishing industry through our range of advocacy work – building trusted relationships with politicians, government bodies and key industry stakeholders.

The process of publishing books, educational materials, scientific journals and other texts is shaped by a range of policies, regulations and funding systems – both in Australia and internationally.

The APA works to improve this regulatory and funding environment for publishers, and demonstrate the value of publishing and reading to Australian society.

We meet and work regularly with a range of stakeholders – including copyright regulators, library systems managers, arts funders, education departments, public health bodies, research councils and other creative industries.

Our policy development work spans a variety of issues, such as competition laws, copyright, cultural policy, curriculum development, freedom to publish and open access.

Other work in this area includes conducting external research and consulting with our members, and making submissions to government and stakeholders.

Current and ongoing policy issues include:

Books Create Australia logoBooks Create Australia

Books Create Australia is the joint book industry alliance between authors, librarians, booksellers and publishers. The APA is involved, alongside the:

The four groups meet regularly to progress their vision for a thriving Australian book industry. This work also includes joint submissions and funding proposals to the government and other bodies on issues impacting the wider book industry. 

More information on Books Create Australia, and its initiatives, can be found at

Policy updates

Updates on policy submissions and other important developments in our relations with governments and industry stakeholders can be found via our news panel below and our newsletters.

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Latest advocacy news:

A new chapter for Australia Reads

1 Nov 23

Australia Reads has announced that it is retiring the annual Australian Reading Hour, after over 10 years.

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Australian publishing industry responds to AI advancements

27 Sep 23

The APA has released a statement responding to the rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI), as creative industries and education sectors around the world grapple with the shifts the new technologies represent.

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Program announced for VOLUME symposium

23 Aug 23

The full program has been announced for VOLUME – a free, online symposium from Australia Reads dedicated to building a stronger reading culture in Australia.

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