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Australian Government Publishing Service

The Australian Government Publishing Service (AGPS) was an Australian Government publishing service that operated from 1970 to 1997 and was the sole centralised Australian Government publishing and printing service. It also had retail outlets for government publications in all state capital cities of Australia.[1][2]

It also produced manuals, and publications specifically oriented towards publishing.


In 1997 the production facilities of AGPS, including the Commonwealth Government Printing Office, was closed down. The business was sold to CanPrint Communications Pty Ltd.

After the sale, the printing, publishing and distribution was the responsibility of each individual government department or agency.[3]

The few remaining functions of AGPS were taken over by its successor, AusInfo, part of the then new Department of Finance and Administration.[4]


  1. ^ Australian Government Publishing Service (1992), Australian Government Publishing Service : all systems go, Australian Govt. Pub. Service, retrieved 12 February 2012
  2. ^ Australian Government Publishing Service (1985), Monthly catalogue, Australian Govt. Pub. Service, retrieved 12 February 2012
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  4. ^ Clayton, Peter (1998). "AGPS is dead: long live AusInfo?". InCite (June): 15. Retrieved 23 July 2014.