At the heart of the Australian Newspaper Plan is the belief that communities should be able to explore their rich newspaper heritage.

Through the Australian Newspaper Plan, newspapers are preserved and copies made available for the public to use.

Vicky Dimcevska looking at historic newspaper in National Library Newspaper Reading Room

Viewing a historic newspaper in the National Library of Australia's Newspaper Reading Room

How to access Australian newspapers


Direct access to digitised Australian newspapers is available through Digitised newspapers on Trove. This is a free online service that enables full text searching of newspaper articles. The service includes Australian newspapers published in each state and territory from the very first newspaper, published in Sydney in 1803.

Libraries, historical societies and other organisations are invited to contribute to Digitised newspapers on Trove. To find out about how you can help us to build this resource, read our contributor guidelines.

The Trove discovery service also incorporates records from the national bibliographic database, including newspapers and newspaper microform copies held in Australian libraries. You can search for any item and locate which library in Australia holds it.

Libraries' Online Catalogues

The Australian Newspaper Plan libraries record information about their newspaper holdings on their online catalogues which can be accessed through their websites (see Partners). The following compilation of websites may also be helpful. Microfilmed copies of many of the newspapers published in Australia are held in local, university or state libraries across the country and may be used on-site or requested through interlibrary loan.

Online Newspapers

Current Australian online newspapers may be accessed by going directly to their website. The National Library of Australia currently archives some online newspapers within its PANDORA web archive.

Many libraries subscribe to online news resources - e.g. Factiva, Sydney Morning Herald archives.

For librarians:

Australian Newspaper Plan partners have developed new guidelines for standardising the way libraries record information about their newspaper microfilm holdings so that all versions of newspapers can be easily found on the national bibliographic database. These Guidelines for Cataloguing Microforms are available online.

Last updated: January 2014