Australian Education Index (AEI)

The Australian Education Index provides a complex and sophisticated subscription database consisting of more than 200 000 entries relating to educational research, policy and practice. Relevant to a wide range of people interested in education from schools and universities as well as the researcher. It covers the period 1979 to the present.

AEI is produced by Cunningham Library at the Australian Council for Educational Research as one of its specialist databases. AEI is available online through subscriptions with Informit, Proquest, Transmission Books and Microinfo Co (Taiwan). For subscription information via Informit see the website. For information about access via other subscriptions see further details below.

Members of Cunningham Library have access to the latest four years direct from the ACER Library web site – see library members page for details. The database is updated monthly to ensure that members are informed promptly of recent research and trends in teaching and training.

Articles from leading Australian journals indexed in AEI are available through EdResearch Online (ACER Library web site) and the text of the complete article can be downloaded through the Complete Article Service for a fee covering copyright and handling costs.

Find answers to current educational challenges

  • Identify Australian research and researchers
  • Keep up to date with new developments and trends in education

Subjects covered by AEI include

  • Accounting education
  • Adult education
  • Art education
  • Continuing education
  • Curriculum
  • Distance education
  • Early childhood education
  • Economics education
  • Education law
  • Educational history
  • Educational leadership
  • Educational management
  • Educational philosophy
  • Educational policy
  • Educational psychology
  • Educational research and measurement
  • Educational sociology
  • Educational technology
  • Educational testing
  • Engineering education
  • Environmental Education
  • Geographical Education
  • Gifted Education
  • Higher education
  • ICT in education
  • Indigenous education
  • Institutional research
  • International education
  • Legal education
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics education
  • Medical education
  • Middle schooling
  • Music Education
  • Numeracy
  • Outdoor education
  • Primary education
  • Problem based learning
  • Religious education
  • Rural education
  • Science education
  • Secondary education
  • Special education
  • TAFE
  • Teacher education
  • Teacher librarianship
  • Teaching
  • Transnational education
  • Vocational education and trainin


Over 200 Australian journals comprehensively indexed and more than 500 Australian and international journals are scanned for relevant articles. View the list of core journals indexed. And view the list of core conferences indexed. Books, conference proceedings and papers, research and technical reports, theses and legislation are also indexed.

All entries are assigned subject headings from the Australian Thesaurus of Education Descriptors. The fourth edition (2013) in print is now available from ACER Press. A search version is now available from ACER Library web site.

Submitting documents for indexing

Items for indexing can be submitted to Cunningham Library, ACER at any time. The index aims to include all information published about Australian education. Submit a Document.

Document Delivery

Most items indexed (except for theses) for the AEI are held by Cunningham Library and are available for loan or photocopy through your library's interlibrary loans/document delivery service. Photocopies of articles can be obtained through Cunningham Library's Document Supply service.

Informit Online

The Australian Education Index and also A+ Education are available on the web via Informit Online. The databases are updated monthly. A+ Education is based on ACER's Australian Education Index (AEI). There are over 245 comprehensively or selectively indexed journals for which the full text articles are available. In total, there are links to over 28,000 full text documents such as reports, conference papers and journals from the database. For subscription information see the Informit website.

Proquest Dialog

The Australian Education Index is available on the Proquest platform. For subscription information see the Proquest  website and its AEI information page at

Transmission Books and Microinfo Co (Taiwan)

The Australian Education Index is available online with a Chinese language interface from Transmission Books and Microinfo Co in Taiwan. This database is updated quarterly. For Information see the Transmission books website and its AEI page at