Records management

Why records matter?

Records are an essential tool of good business and for efficient administration. They provide:

  • information for planning and decision-making
  • evidence of government accountability

and are often subject to specific legal requirements.

For government agencies, records document what is done and why. They provide evidence of communications, decisions and actions.

In the long term, some of the records your agency makes will be retained as national archives and so become part of Australia's documentary heritage.

What's new on the records management pages

What we keep: Principles for the selection of the Australian Government's national archives

Revised information management capability matrix

Is your agency going through Machinery of Government Changes (MoG)? See our advice Transferring records following administrative change.

Managing your agency’s information, records, data or transfer of appropriations during periods of MoG – a series of videos of expert speakers from the APSC, National Archives and the Department of Finance.

Digital Excellence Awards

National Archives Awards for Digital Excellence


National Archives eLearning modules

2015 Training and events calendar

Our training and events calendar for 2015 is now available.

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