I've tried the web version and the digital replica version. Either I can't find an article that should be there, or else I get asked to login to the AFR when I click to read a search result.
It is happening with the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) and The Age as well
Searching in the AFR, SMH, and The Age can be a bit problematic - they are better suited to browsing. If you have problems with search, try one of our other subscriptions with Fairfax newspapers, such as Factiva, ANZ Newstream, or Australia / New Zealand Reference Center, on the News Services database list . They are designed primarily to be searched.