World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Media release: Friday, 26 October 2012

To mark the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on 27 October, the National Archives is reminding Australians of the rich audiovisual collection it holds on behalf of the nation.

With more than 600,000 audiovisual items created by government agencies, including Australia's public broadcasters, the collection forms a unique record of Australia's history.

To ensure the collection is accessible to future generations of Australians, the National Archives' audiovisual preservation experts work hard to preserve content. Such material is at risk of being lost because of physical deterioration or because the audiovisual format has become obsolete.

Plans to ensure the collection is well preserved and accessible well into the future include a new audiovisual collection management system and additional low-temperature storage vaults for audiovisual material scheduled for transfer to the National Archives in coming years.

Among the wide range of material in the collection are items from the Australian Broadcasting Commission, ASIO, Department of Defence, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, as well as material featuring former prime ministers.

Take a peek into our audiovisual preservation labs:

Check out the films we've shared on Australian Screen Online:

See some of the films we've shared on You Tube:

See more on our Facebook and Twitter pages: and

Discover more with our online guide to sound recordings:

Contact information

  • Elizabeth Masters (Media Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3957 m 0427 853 664 e
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