Media release: Friday, 1 February 2013
On 11 January the Governor-General issued the Letters Patent and Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Following this announcement, the National Archives has issued a disposal freeze on records which may be required in evidence by the Royal Commission.
This will ensure that records that may be relevant to the Royal Commission or consequent actions are retained and protected, and therefore available if required.
The freeze took effect on 31 January 2013 and is in force until further notice from the National Archives. It applies to all Commonwealth Government entities and will be a useful reference for State and Territory governments and the not-for profit and private sectors.
Commonwealth Government agencies were advised on 23 November 2012 that the disposal freeze would be issued and were asked to ensure that any relevant records were protected from loss or destruction.
The National Archives does not expect the Commonwealth to hold a large quantity of case files, however all Commonwealth Government agencies are likely to hold relevant policy and administrative records.