Keeping our records secure

The Archives' storage facility in the Canberra suburb of Mitchell.

The Archives' storage facility in the Canberra suburb of Mitchell.

The Archives is responsible for the physical security of records in custody to ensure their authenticity, reliability, integrity and proper use. Legislation such as the Archives Act 1983, Privacy Act 1988 and Crimes Act 1914 protects government information from inappropriate disclosure, either by an Australian Government employee, or a person who performs services for or on behalf of the Commonwealth.

Archives staff members have security clearances according to the business need of the area in which they work. They are required to uphold the Australian Public Service Values and comply with the Code of Conduct.

The design and structure of Archives storage facilities ensure the privacy and security of the records by providing:

  • access control of record storage areas
  • 24-hour physical or electronic surveillance and alarm systems in all repositories
  • storage and management of security classified records according to the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework.

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