The ARC Open Access Policy took effect from 1 January 2013.

The ARC Open Access Policy applies to all Research Outputs arising from ARC Funded Research and their Metadata. For the purposes of this policy, Research Outputs do not include preprints, comparable resources, research data and research data output.

Any Research Outputs arising from an ARC supported research Project must be made openly accessible  within a twelve (12) month period from the date of publication.

In cases where researchers may not be able to meet the requirements because of current legal or contractual obligations, Final Reports must provide reasons why Research Outputs derived from a Project, Award, or Fellowship have not been made openly accessible within the twelve (12) month period.

The Policy has been incorporated into all Funding Rules/ Agreements and Grant Guidelines/Agreements released after 1 January 2013. The Policy does not apply retrospectively to pre-existing Funding Rules and Agreement.

ARC Open Access Policy Version 2021.1

2016–17 Consultation
As part of a targeted consultation, on 8 December 2016, the ARC provided a draft revised Open Access Policy and Frequently Asked Questions document to Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Research) for their consideration. Submissions closed on 1 March 2017, with the ARC receiving 22 responses. 


The Australian Government makes a major investment in research to support its essential role in improving the wellbeing of our society. To maximise the benefits from research, publications resulting from research activities must be disseminated as broadly as possible to allow access by other researchers and the wider community.

The ARC acknowledges that researchers take into account a wide range of factors in deciding on the best outlets for publications arising from their research.

Such considerations include the status and reputation of a journal, book, publisher or conference, the peer review process of evaluating their research outputs, access by other stakeholders to their work, the likely impact of their work on users of research and the further dissemination and production of knowledge.

The ARC is committed to ensuring the widest possible dissemination of the research supported by ARC funding, in the most effective manner and at the earliest opportunity, taking into account any restrictions relating to intellectual property or culturally sensitive data.*

*Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2007, 4.4

Compliance Advice

For further information, please read the Policy Requirements section of the ARC Open Access Policy.

Additional compliance advice for the ARC's Open Access Policy has been developed in collaboration with the Australian Open Access Support Group (AOASG) and the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL). This advice has been designed to be used in conjunction with university open access supported policies and is available on the AOASG website.

ARC & NHMRC Policy Compliance Flowchart by an Institution

The ARC recommends the ‘ARC & NHMRC Policy Compliance Flowchart by an Institution’ developed by the Australian Open Access Support Group as a useful guide to making publications available in an institutional repository. 

































Source:Australian Open Access Support Group on a CC BY licence

Previous Versions

  • ARC Open Access Policy—Version 2017.1 – WordPDF
  • ARC Open Access Policy – Version 2015.1 – Word PDF
  • ARC Open Access Policy – Version 2013.1 – WordPDF