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Government releases review into the National Archives

Media Release

The Morrison government has released the Functional and Efficiency Review of the National Archives of Australia conducted by David Tune AO PSM.

“This is a very comprehensive review of an important national institution, and I would like to thank David Tune for his thorough work,” said Assistant Minister Amanda Stoker.

“It shows how important this collection is, but also the significant task ahead to make sure it is protected and preserved. It is a process that must not be rushed.

“Of the many recommendations raised, the government has already started work on those aspects we can deal with directly, such as starting the consultation process around the recommendations within government departments, modernising legislation that reflects archiving in the digital age and examining systems to make our archives maintain worlds-best practice.

“There are other aspects that require the input of key stakeholders across government and the community, and we will begin that process as well.

“As identified, some records are approaching a stage where their future storage needs to be addressed.

“This is a complex process with significant costs, and we are working with the National Archives and a range of experts and stakeholders on developing a program to address this issue.

“This collection is of national importance, and it is vital that we take the correct steps in its preservation.

“The first steps have already been taken, and others are currently underway. There is still a long way to go, but I am very pleased to be part of the team moving this forward.

“I look forward to working with the National Archives, the experts and all the stakeholders as we continue this journey,” concluded Senator Stoker.

Read the review