Media release: Friday, 2 May 2008
The Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, Ross Gibbs, has welcomed the agency's transfer today into the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Senator the Hon. John Faulkner, Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary, today announced the move, together with other changes in his area of responsibility.
As part of the changes, the Federal Executive Council approved the National Archives of Australia's transfer from the Department of Finance and Deregulation to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
'The change, which comes into effect immediately, further emphasises the central role of the National Archives, its role in the protection of our democratic system, and its importance to the Government and people of Australia,' said Mr Gibbs.
'Senator John Faulkner, Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary, remains our Minister, and although this is a portfolio change, we will maintain our current focus, and in particular our role as a key national cultural institution.
'We are very proud to be joining other governance agencies within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet including the Australian Public Service Commission, the Commonwealth Ombudsman, the Australian National Audit Office, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and the Office of Freedom of Information.
'The National Archives' responsibility for preserving vital Commonwealth government records and also providing access to them for current and future generations of Australians fits neatly with this group of government agencies.
'Our close working relationship with Old Parliament House will also be enhanced when that organisation comes under Senator Faulkner's responsibility in July.'