The Australian ISSN Agency was established in the National Library of Australia in 1973. The Agency has sole responsibility for ISSN allocation to on going serial titles published in Australia. Details of all serial titles registered by the Australian ISSN Agency are sent to the International Centre and this data is published in the ISSN Portal. The Portal includes more than 1.6 million ISSNs for serials published throughout the world. Please contact for further information about subscribing to the ISSN Portal.

ISSNs are issued free of charge for approved Australian serial publications that are by Australian publishers and published in Australia. We have streamlined the ISSN application and enquiry process to improve our publisher services.

What has changed?

The structure of the application form has changed. We now have two separate forms for ISSN allocations.

  • To apply for an ISSN for new serial publication or for a publication never assigned an ISSN, please use the online application form.
  • To notify us of a change of title, publisher, or publication format, please use the ISSN change form.

One copy of the first published issue of print or electronic on a physical carrier format serial title is required to be forwarded to the Australian ISSN Agency for ISSN registration.

Serial publications are subject to legal deposit.


Australian ISSN Agency
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600


All enquiries must be submitted via an online form. The Agency can no longer be contacted directly by telephone. You will receive a response within 10 working days.