The Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) is committed to promoting open access through collaboration, raising awareness and by leading and building capacity in this area.

Full Members

The AOASG is supported by twenty Australian and eight New Zealand Institutions with a commitment to Open Access.

The Patron of the AOASG is Emeritus Professor Tom Cochrane, Faculty of Law at QUT.

AOASG has two affiliate members, Creative Commons Australia and Tohatoha

The AOASG Executive Committee (elected 2018) are:

  • Martin Borchert, UNSW (Chair)
  • Fiona Burton, Macquarie University
  • Donna McRostie, University of Melbourne
  • Scott Nicholls, University of Western Australia
  • Anne Scott, Christchurch University Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
  • Maureen Sullivan, Griffith University

The AOASG  Director is  Dr Virginia Barbour.


Anyone interested in Open Access in Australasia is welcome to contribute to discussions on the AOASG Open Access Community Discussion list. There are approximately 300 people on the list as of April 2017.  Around 70% are librarians from university, research organisations and government libraries. The remainder of the list is a combination of researchers, university administrators, public servants and open access publishers. Subscribe here.

You can also subscribe to our free  newsletter that contains Open Access information from around the web.

Daily updates are posted on our twitter account @openaccess_anz

The Group also runs informal calls of communities of practice on open access every six weeks, one for Australia and one for New Zealand. Anyone working in this area is welcome to join the calls.

Members receive weekly emails on relevant OA news.

If you are interested in knowing more about any of our activities please contact the Director, Dr Virginia Barbour.

Page last updated December 04, 2019