A print copy of every thesis (PhD, MPhil and Professional doctorate theses) submitted to the Library is held in the Library’s Special Collections. A second copy of theses submitted up to the end of 2002, are held in the general collection and are available for loan.
From the beginning of 2003 theses were required to be submitted in print and electronic format. The electronic theses were originally stored within the ADT program and now within the Murdoch Research Repository.
The Australasian Digital Theses Program created an online, openly accessible, free database of digital theses, produced by the graduate research students at Australian (and later new Zealand) universities. The ADT ceased operation in 2011. Digital theses are now available from university institutional repositories and Trove.