AustLit News brought readers 'up to date with news on the Australian literary scene and on new developments and services at AustLit.' The newsletter included regular sections on recent literary news, awards and shortlists and AustLit developments. It also highlighted current issues in Australian literature.
The newsletter was published electronically and was freely available via the AustLit website. In mid-2011, the newsletter was superseded by the the AustLit news blog.