15 million items ready to roll

Media release: Friday, 5 February 2016

Work on the National Archives of Australia's new storage and preservation building is on track with the transfer of some 15 million items due to take place between November 2016 and July 2017.

'Collection items currently housed in two repositories based in Canberra will be transferred to the new preservation and storage facility, as will some of our audiovisual collection from Sydney,' said acting Director-General Anne Lyons. 'The new building will store one third of our entire national collection.'

The National Archives will communicate with researchers and the public about disruptions to services during the relocation period.

'We will work to minimise any disruption but acknowledge we will not be able to gain physical access to items at times, and this may impact on our standards of service,' said Ms Lyons.

'We certainly encourage researchers to search for and view records online where possible. Where the originals are required during the relocation period, we suggest they request items as early as possible so they can be extracted before being parcelled up for transfer.'

During the transfer period the National Archives will provide updated information on its website.

Contact information

  • Elizabeth Masters (Media Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3957 m 0417 247 157 e elizabeth.masters@naa.gov.au
  • Lisa McKelvie (Media Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3403 m 0401 337 069 e Lisa.McKelvie@naa.gov.au

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