International partners

As an active member of the international archival community, the National Archives of Australia is recognised for its expertise in:

  • digital recordkeeping
  • archival description and collection management
  • online access to archives
  • using archives for education, exhibitions, publications and public programs
  • preservation and conservation of archival materials
  • digital preservation.

The National Archives shares expertise and provide leadership in the fields of archives and records management.

Bilateral agreement with the Archives Nationales de France

Mr David Fricker and Monsieur Lemoine, Director of Archives Nationales de France, signed the agreement with his Excellency the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, and French Minister of Culture, Madame Audrey Azoulay, as witness.

In April 2016, the National Archives of Australia signed a bilateral agreement with the Archives Nationales de France. 'Imagination, Exploration, Memory: French-Australian Shared Histories' is a six-year biennial project about the historical links between Australia and France. It will comprise an international seminar program, an exhibition of archival collection material and a professional exchange opportunity.

Memorandum of Understanding with Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia

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Mr David Fricker and Mr Mustari Irawan sign the Memorandum of Understanding with Mr Greg Moriarty, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia as witness

In June 2014, the National Archives of Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia (ANRI). Under the four-year Memorandum of Understanding the National Archives and ANRI will primarily cooperate to build capacity in the management of records and information. The agreement acknowledges mutual support for initiatives that support good governance, transparency and accountability.

Memorandum of Understanding with the National Archives of Korea

Mr Ross Gibbs and Mr Park Sang Duk with the Memorandum of Understanding certificate
Mr Ross Gibbs and Mr Park Sang Duk with the Memorandum of Understanding certificate

In May 2009, the National Archives of Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Archives of Korea. Under its terms, the National Archives participated in the International Archival Culture Exposition in Seoul in June 2010.

International visits, conferences and other forums

One means by which the National Archives engages with international colleagues is by hosting regular visits by staff of other national archival institutions.

In 2012/13 the Archives engaged widely with international colleagues, including with senior representatives from six national archives that visited the National Archives in Canberra on 27 and 28 August 2012. The group shared experiences, successes and concerns in areas such as web 2.0 technology, open government initiatives, shared services and legislation.

In turn, National Archives staff are regularly invited to speak at international conferences, and participate in advisory boards and working groups.

Pacific Regional Branch of the ICA (PARBICA)

In May 2011 representatives of the National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand delivered training in the management of digital records to over 100 members of the Kingdom of Tonga public service. The training was based on modules of the PARBICA Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit
PARBICA Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit training, Tonga

The National Archives plays an active leadership role in PARBICA, the Pacific Regional Branch of the ICA, by managing its finances, membership and the PARBICA website. PARBICA represents more than 20 Pacific nations, states and territories, including Australia.

Members include:

  • government archives
  • non-government archival institutions and associations
  • individuals.

With the cooperation of AusAID and Archives New Zealand, the National Archives has led the development of the Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit for the Pacific. This Toolkit has also been translated into French for use in French-speaking territories in Africa and the Caribbean.

Staff papers

Our staff members have presented or published papers at various forums:

  • Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) annual conferences
  • Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) annual symposiums
  • International Council on Archives Congress
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