Related Organisations

CAUL is a member of a number of national and international bodies and partners and engages with many more to further the objectives of CAUL for all members in line with CAUL's Stakeholder Engagement Strategy & Framework.

Memberships include:

  • IARLA - International Alliance of Research Library Associations (no fee)
  • SPARC - Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (paid membership)
  • COUNTER (paid membership)
  • ICOLC - International Coalition of Library Consortia (no fee)
  • ALACC - Australian Libraries and Archives Copyright Coalition (paid membership - recovered from CAUL members)
  • ADA - Australian Digital Alliance (paid membership)
  • Associations Forum (paid membership)
  • SCOSS - The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (no fee)


CAUL is a member of the International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA). IARLA was established in 2016 as an informal group of like-minded associations of research libraries across Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. IARLA functions as a platform for collaboration amongst its members, who work together on a voluntary basis to develop agreed positions in support of an emerging international research library agenda and open scholarship. The Alliance is governed by its founding membership of five research library organisations, and operates as an informal network without incorporated status or membership fees.


SPARC is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. Through CAUL's membership of SPARC, all members of CAUL (University Librarians or equivalent) receive regular updates directly from SPARC.


CAUL is an institutional member of COUNTER. COUNTER provides the standard that enables the knowledge community to count the use of electronic resources.


ICOLC is an informal group of library consortia from around the world facilitating discussion on matters of common interest.


CAUL is an institutional member of the ALACC, the primary policy body for copyright issues affecting the library, archive and information sectors in Australian. The CAUL Board appoints a Lead for Copyright Advocacy who represents CAUL on the ALACC. The current CAUL Lead, appointed in July 2019, is Roxanne Missingham, the University Librarian at the Australian National University. The CAUL Lead coordinates copyright-related work with Universities Australia (UA) and is assisted by staff from a number of CAUL member institutions, currently: Amanda Bellinger (Curtin University), Anthony O'Brien (University of Newcastle), Christian West (University of Canberra), Ingrid Unger (Victoria University) and Natasha Edwards (Flinders University).


The Australian Digital Alliance provides a voice for the public interest in access to knowledge, information and culture in copyright reform debates.

Associations Forum

The Associations Forum is the leading organisation in Australia assisting associations and charities in governance, opererations, membership and finance.


The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) is a network of influential organisations committed to helping secure OA and OS infrastructure well into the future. Officially formed in early 2017, SCOSS’s purpose is to provide a new co-ordinated cost-sharing framework that will ultimately enable the broader OA and OS community to support the non-commercial services on which it depends. The CAUL Consortium facilitates the payment of pledges to open access infrastructures and services via SCOSS. CAUL is currently represented in SCOSS and on the SCOSS Board by Martin Borchert, the University Librarian at UNSW.

Some of the key bodies that CAUL engages with:

Universities Australia (UA)

As the peak body for the sector, UA advocates the vast social, economic and cultural value of higher education and research to Australia and the world. On behalf of the 39 member universities, UA provides expert policy advice, analysis and statistical evidence, and media commentary on higher education. UA also makes submissions, develops policy across the sector, represents Australia’s universities on government and industry-appointed bodies and partners with university sectors in other countries to enable bilateral and global collaborations.


The Council of Australasian University Directors of Information Technology is the peak body for Information Technology Services within Higher Education and Research in the region. It is a not for profit association owned by its 63 member organisations.  Members are represented by the most senior person with portfolio responsibility for information technology. CAUDIT’s purpose is to support each other in leading the application of digital capabilities to transform education and research. CAUDIT supports CIOs and their teams through the provision of a broad range of services, fostering collaboration, leadership and good practice among its members. Services include coordinating the provision of cybersecurity services, negotiation of collective procurement agreements, benchmarking, professional development, thought leadership, events and provision of networking opportunities. 

National Library of Australia

CAUL and the university sector more broadly is represented on the Trove Strategic Advisory Committee. The current representative is Hero Macdonald, University Librarian at Deakin University, for the period through to January 2025. Janette Burke, University Librarian at the University of Tasmania and Craig Milne, Deputy University Librarian at Griffith University currently represent CAUL on the NLA Resource Sharing Working Group.

Australian Library and Information Assocation (ALIA)

The registered CAUL office is located in ALIA House in Deakin, Canberra, and CAUL works closely with ALIA on a range of projects from time to time. Philip Kent (University of Sydney) and Chelsea Harper (University of the Sunshine Coast) represent CAUL on the ALIA Professional Pathways Board and Philip Kent also represents CAUL on the ALIA Course Reaccreditation Panel. Janette Burke (University of Tasmania) represents CAUL on the ALIA Library Design Awards Panel.

AAF and the Australian ORCID Consortium

CAUL works with the Australian Access Federation (AAF) as required with regard to access and authentication matters and the Chair of CAUL (or nominee) is a member of the Australian ORICID Consortium Governance Committee. 

Other related organisations:

Libraries of the Australian Technology Network (LATN)

The Libraries of the ATN are characterised by a focus on high quality services and the bold, innovative application of technology in an academic library context. 

The Western Australian University Libraries (WAUL)

WAUL group is a collaborative venture designed to foster co-operation, sharing of ideas and joint actions to enhance the delivery of academic library services in Western Australia.

Queensland University Libraries Office of Cooperation (QULOC)

Queensland University Libraries Office of Cooperation (QULOC) is a collaborative organisation of university libraries in and around Queensland, Australia.


(Additional information about other partners will be added to this page in due course)


Author Mark Sutherland
Last modified 12 July 2022