AustLit gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Australian Research Council (ARC) The consortium of collaborating universities has received large grants under the ARC's Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme.
This support helped us develop AustLit's information architecture and the database content, full text, and website interface. Since AustLit's establishment, its Research Projects have supported and continue to support researchers funded by ARC Discovery and Fellowship grants, and grants from the former Australian Learning and Teaching Council, now the Office for Learning and Teaching.
The ARC continues to acknowledge AustLit's primary place in the scholarly engagement with Australian story-making by funding partner research projects such as Children's Literature Digital Resources Project.
Individual projects such as BlackWords, ScreenLit: The Australian Film and Television Resource, Australian Popular Medievalism, Writing the Tropical North and Resourceful Reading, have also been supported through internal university grants and through the ARC's Discovery grants scheme.
AustLit also acknowledges the university partners who have contributed substantially to its development. Funding has been received through the internal grant schemes at The University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy and James Cook University. Internal research and infrastructure grants awarded to researchers from participating universities have supplemented ARC and other funding.
Many partner libraries give generously of staff time, as well as providing privileged access to collections and technical expertise.
Subscription income has supported the continued updating of the database with information on contemporary primary and secondary publications, and up-to-date information on Australian authors, organisations, awards, and other events. Subscription income is fully reinvested in AustLit content and service delivery.
The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), through the National eResearch Architecture Taskforce (NeAT) program, provided funding for technical developments in 2008-2011. See the Aus-e-Lit website for further details.
In 2008 the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (now the Office for Learning and Teaching) funded the development of the Teaching Aust. Lit. Resource, and a survey of tertiary students and teachers at secondary and tertiary levels to ascertain their experiences of teaching and being taught Australian literary texts.