Training, events and development
Effective information and records management depends on having both the technical and human resources to do the job. The National Archives of Australia supports development in information and records management capability by offering a range of training programs and resources.
Check our training and events calendar for dates and locations of upcoming workshops, training courses and professional events.
- Training and events calendar
- GAIN Australia
- Information: the Currency of the Digital Economy conference
Digital Edge workshops
Interactive and dynamic half-day workshops on topical issues in digital information management.
- Avoiding technical obsolescence looks at the challenges of ensuring digital information remains accessible and usable over time.
- Conquering the paper mountain focuses on reducing backlogs of paper records that are overdue for destruction.
- Demystifying ISO 16175 explores the standard and examines how it can be used as a tool for digital transition in your organisation.
- Information governance examines how to establish an information management framework to effectively support business goals and governance.
- Information review looks at data collection, analysis, reporting and other aspects of a process which is critical to digital information management.
- Paper tigers – challenging the myths of 'going digital' takes participants through the application of work process analysis, mapping and digitisation to improve efficiency and remove paper from systems.
The Archives offers the following face-to-face training courses.
- Developing a records authority is a highly interactive course that explores the steps involved in developing a records authority for issue by the National Archives.
- D.I.G.I.T.A.L. – Unpack the seven keys to effective digital information and records management.
- Making sense of recordkeeping metadata provides an introduction to metadata and the Australian Government Recordkeeping Metadata Standard (AGRkMS).
- Practical sentencing in a digital environment is a hands-on, computer-based training course which focuses on how to sentence digital information and apply records authorities issued by the Archives.
In November 2014, the Archives launched two new eLearning modules to help build digital information and records management capabilities across Australian Government.
The modules represent a flexible, efficient and cost effective way to build records and information management knowledge and capabilities across your agency.
They also help protect your agency from the risk of illegal destruction of information or from information being mismanaged in other ways. Your staff will also gain confidence about what they can legally destroy, helping to reduce information clogging up your systems.
Keep it or delete it: making good choices about information
This module is for everyone who works for the Australian Government. It provides advice about the different types of business information agency staff and contractors can or can’t destroy as part of their daily work.
Topics covered include:
- destroying Australian Government information legally and accountably
- information you must keep
- normal administrative practice
- information and risk
Legal requirements: managing digital information and records
This module outlines some of the key legislation, policies and standards that influence how information and records are managed in the Australian Government today – especially the Archives Act, the FOI and Privacy Acts.
Topics covered include:
- the Archives Act 1983
- the FOI and Privacy Acts
- the Electronic Transactions Act
- Australian Government digital transition, technology and security policies
Other eLearning modules
Introduction to digital records
This module provides an introduction to digital information and records management concepts and is relevant for everyone who uses a computer as part of their work. It emphasises that all business information is a record and needs to be managed according to its value.
Topics covered include:
- characteristics important to digital records
- concepts of structured and unstructured information
- concepts of digital transition and digital continuity
- key legislation, standards and guidelines relating to digital records
Keep the knowledge – make a record
This module is part of a training package to assist all Australian Government employees, contractors and consultants to understand their records management responsibilities. It will help people to:
- identify what is a record
- recognise why records matter
- decide when to make or keep a record
- understand where records should be kept in an agency.
This module is part of the free Keep the knowledge – make a record training package.
How to access the eLearning modules
The Keep the knowledge – make a record module is still freely available through the link above, and there will be a small cost per person for each of the other three modules. It's a sliding scale and the cost per head will depend on the number of people in your agency who will be accessing the module.
Access can be provided in different ways to suit your agency:
- through our learning management system for a small number of users
- through your learning management system, or
- through your intranet
We’re happy to discuss these options with you on a case by case basis.
If you would like to view the eLearning modules, request a quote or discuss options for access please contact email@example.com
Government Agencies Information Network or GAIN Australia is a national network supporting agency information and records professionals in the Australian Government. It organises face-to-face and online forums which are aimed at chief information officers, senior managers with information and records management responsibilities and information and records managers from Australian Government agencies.
Education and professional development
Information and records managers can build, maintain and enhance their capability through vocational or academic studies and participation in professional development activities.
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (02) 6212 3954.