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The John L. Alford Case Library offers a large collection of case studies set mainly in the public sector in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. With nearly 200 cases from all levels of government, we are sure to have a case to suit your needs.

Searching for cases

There are several ways to search for case studies. Use our simple, online search facility to refine your search by teaching topic, concept, policy area or agency type. Alternatively, use a keyword search to find the subject you are seeking. The search will bring all materials associated with the topic, including teaching notes and supplementary class material, and will show the date of the latest published version. Our cases may be stand-alone single cases, single-part cases with a brief epilogue ('what happened next') or multi-part cases where each part can be used for a teaching session. More short-story cases, which can be read in class before discussion, are being developed.

Accessing the collection

Once you have found a case that suits your needs, download the case document. It’s as simple as that.

With the exception of Teaching Notes, all material in the John L. Alford Case Library is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, except for logos, trademarks, photographs, third party material and other content marked as supplied by third parties. No licence is given in relation to third party material.

Creative Commons License

Under this licence you can:

  • use for non-commercial purposes (e.g. educational purposes, personal use)
  • copy
  • distribute verbatim copies only
  • license to others.

Under this licence you cannot:

  • use for commercial purposes (e.g. for-profit uses, advertising)
  • adapt or modify the material
  • distribute (e.g. publish, display, publicly perform or communicate the work).

If you wish to use any material from the John L. Alford Case Library for commercial purposes, you must contact the Library Administrator at

The John L. Alford Case Library collection is also available through The Case Centre (

Contact us

For information on the Case Library, including accessing Teaching Notes, please email