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

A Records Retention Notice concerning records relating to the use of Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF) has been issued.

General Records Authority 36 (GRA 36) has been issued covering Contracts under Seal/Deeds.

Legislation, policies, standards, advice and your agency's accountability lists whole of government sources that impact on the information and records management responsibilities of most Commonwealth entities.

New advice for Protecting online information and Cloud computing.

Interactive digital information management capability matrix with links to resources is now online.

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.


National Archives eLearning modules

2015 Training and events calendar

A new session of Practical Sentencing in a Digital Environment has been scheduled for Tuesday 27 October 2015 in Canberra. Please see our training and events calendar for more details and registration.

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