Digital transition and digital continuity

Digital transition

Digital transition means changing your processes and practices so that paper or other physical records are created only in exceptional circumstances. It means giving preference to digital formats when you are reviewing processes or systems or implementing new ones. As a result nearly all your information and records will be created, stored and managed digitally.

In July 2011, the Australian Government released its Digital Transition Policy which requires all agencies to move to digital information and records management. The National Archives of Australia is leading implementation of the policy.

The shift to digital information and records management will create a number of business efficiencies, including reduced storage costs. It will also deliver benefits to the Australian public through increased transparency and accountability.

The National Archives provides information and resources to help you make the digital transition and maintain efficient and effective digital information and records management into the future. We use Check-up Digital, our online questionnaire, to monitor progress and as the basis for an annual report to our Minister. All Commonwealth agencies are expected to submit their annual Check-up Digital results to the Archives at least until September 2016.

Digital continuity

Digital continuity is an approach to keeping and managing digital information to ensure that it can be used in the way that is required, for as long as it’s required and no longer.

The Archives has developed a Digital Continuity Plan, Digital Continuity Principles and other information to help you plan and manage digital continuity.

More information

Digital transition

Digital continuity

Updated July 2014

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