31 July 2019

We’re updating AusPat’s older underlying search engine in our backend system as part of an ongoing program of work to modernise and transform service delivery for the benefit of staff and customers.

AusPat will be unavailable from 9am to 5pm Saturday 3 August 2019 (AEST).

After this update how you access and search AusPat remains the same, and there is no change to the underlying data. However, there will be a few differences to how your search is performed.  You will be able to find this information in the AusPat user guide and ‘Help’ area of the AusPat website after the changes take place.

If you require any further information please contact us.

What’s changing

What's Changed

Old Search

New Search

When the logical operators 'AND' / 'OR' are not defined between terms/phrases or groups of searches, the system will assume 'AND', where it used to assume 'OR'.

For Example: if (a) (b) is entered:

This query was previously interpreted as (a) OR (b)

This query will be interpreted as (a) AND (b)




When a string of words is used, if they are not inside double quotes "", these will be searched as independent words in the defined field.

For Example: if a AND b AND c IN TI is entered

This query would previously look for (a AND b) AND (c IN TI) (i.e. a and b are in any field, and c is in the title)

This query will look for a, b, & c as independent values in the title only, irrespective of the order.




If there is a space after a word and before a comma, this space will be ignored in the new search.

For Example: if (blood , orange) is entered

This query would not find 'blood'

This query will find for blood and orange as the system will remove leading and training spaces.