The Australian Public Library Alliance comprises the chair of every Australian public library association, a senior representative of the ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmanian library services, and three expert members. In total, APLA represent 94% of all the 1,500 public libraries across Australia.
APLA (previously ALIA Public Libraries Advisory Committee) was formed following a highly successful ALIA Public Libraries Summit in July 2009. At the summit, libraries leaders called for ‘Australia’s public libraries to be united behind common goals and ambitions, sharing best practice, contributing to strong communities, valued by people and government, continuing to provide universal free access to information, knowledge and ideas, and confirming the importance of their role for future generations.’ A national alliance, supported by every state and territory, and Public Libraries Australia, was the primary outcome of the summit and was ratified by the signing of a Memorandum of Collaboration in July 2010.
During 2015-16 a key focus was the delivery of a set of outcomes, indicators, standards and guidelines for Australian public libraries. APLA members continued their financial commitment to the Reading Hour and the Summer Reading Club.