From COB Friday 5 October, the Archives' Western Australia Office will temporarily close as we relocate our collection and staff to new premises.
To ensure the safe relocation of the collection, access to records will not be possible during this time.
Business as usual arrangements will resume by February 2019, from our conveniently located new office in the Perth CBD.
The Archives is committed to a continuing presence in Western Australia and has in place arrangements to ensure appropriate accommodation in Perth into the future. The lease on the Archives' East Victoria Park has expired, so we are relocating.
The Archives has signed a lease with Western Australian-based Green Valley Pty Ltd (Compu-Stor) for the provision of a storage facility for up to 16 shelf kilometres of collection material in the Perth suburb of Belmont. The lease is for 10 years with two five-year extension options.
The Belmont premises is a cost-effective, specialised storage facility that provides a controlled storage environment for the preservation and management of archival records.
The 14 kilometres of records (72,000 boxes) currently stored by the Archives at East Victoria Park will be relocated to Belmont.
Access to records
There will be an unavoidable disruption to access services before, during and after the relocation. Researchers and government agencies will not be able to access records from COB Friday 5 October 2018.
During the relocation period, researchers will be able to freely access digitised records on the Archives' website. They will also be able to lodge reference queries/access requests online. These requests will be prioritised once the relocation is complete.
We very much appreciate your patience and understanding as we relocate for the first time in 42 years.
If your need to access records is urgent, please contact us at ask us a question or agency service centre to discuss your request. It is possible that records held elsewhere by the Archives may meet your needs.
New Office and Research Centre
A new premises has been secured in the Perth CBD. This new accommodation will include staff offices as well as a research centre, and seminar and display spaces.
It will be a convenient one-stop shop for all your National Archives needs, from viewing records to taking in the latest display of archival material.
We look forward to welcoming you to our new research centre. To avoid delays, we encourage researchers to contact us [link to ask us a question] before they visit or order records in advance of a visit.
We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.