National Archives – an agent of change

Media release: Thursday, 31 October 2013

In an age that creates and demands information like never before, the National Archives of Australia sees its role as an agent of change, according to its 2012-2013 annual report, tabled in Parliament today.

'This year brought to the fore our role as an agent of change, working with all Australian Government agencies to embrace digital information management in line with the government's Digital Transition Policy,' said Director-General David Fricker.

'The expansion of our activities in the digital age represents a natural and necessary extension of our role to preserve the records that uphold the integrity, accountability and transparency of the government of Australia, and to protect the rights and entitlements of its citizens.'

The National Archives has embraced technology to provide researchers with new ways to access and interact with its collection. During the 2012-2013 year, it had more than 6.3 million online requests for records from its collection, as well as 3.6 million visits to its websites.

'With 98.5 per cent of researchers now connecting to our collection online, we will continue to change how we engage with the public through expanded websites, blogs, social media forums and innovative gallery experiences,' said Mr Fricker.

One of the highlights outlined in the annual report was the announcement of the Transition to Digital 2015 strategy where records created digitally after 2015 can be transferred to the National Archives only in digital format.  Another significant achievement was the passing by Parliament of an expediency motion to proceed with the new National Archives Preservation Facility.

'One of our key roles is to provide and facilitate access to the Commonwealth records we hold,' said David Fricker. 'Archival records are only of value to the nation if people have easy access to them. We are therefore continuing to enhance our digital systems to provide such access.'

The National Archives of Australia's annual report can be read online at

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