Media release: Friday, 23 November 2012
Following the announcement by the Prime Minister last week to establish a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the National Archives has signalled its intention to issue a disposal freeze on records which may be required by the Royal Commission.
This will ensure that records that may be relevant to the Royal Commission are retained and protected, and therefore available if required.
The National Archives will formally advise agencies of the freeze as soon as possible after the terms of reference of the Royal Commission are confirmed.
In the meantime, Commonwealth Government agencies have been advised to ensure that any records that may be relevant to the Commission are protected from loss or destruction.
The National Archives does not expect the Commonwealth to hold a large quantity of case file material, however there will be relevant policy and administrative records held by a range of Commonwealth Government agencies.