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.
Dutch–Australian Shared Cultural Heritage program
In October 2017, the National Archives of Australia received a grant from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands under the Government of the Netherlands' Dutch-Australian Shared Cultural Heritage program.
Under this grant, the Archives worked with the Nationaal Archief to undertake a collection-scoping exercise to identify records in our collection related to the Dutch-Australian relationship in the key areas of military, migrant, maritime and mercantile history.
The Archives also developed five video portraits of Dutch-Australian migrants and their families, which are now hosted on the Destination: Australia website.
The National Archives thanks the Nationaal Archief, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Dutch-Australians who supported this program of work.
Memorandum of Cooperation with National Archives of Japan
In July 2017, the National Archives of Australia signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the National Archives of Japan.
Under the Memorandum of Cooperation, the National Archives will transfer thousands of Japanese trading company records, seized by the Australian government during World War II, to its Japanese counterpart.
The National Archives thanks the Australia-Japan Foundation for the support of preservation work completed on the Japanese records.
Bilateral agreement with the Archives Nationales de France
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
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
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)
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.
- government archives
- non-government archival institutions and associations
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.
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