Collection Management branch
The Collection Management branch has the responsibility of securing, describing and preserving records of national archival value. The branch manages transfers of national archives from Australian Government agencies; stores, secures, preserves and describes these records; and reviews records already in the Archives' custody to ensure that they merit permanent retention. It also maintains the administrative history of the Australian Government and its agencies through the Commonwealth Recordkeeping System (CRS) so the records can be related to their original context.
In line with its responsibilities, the branch advises the Director-General on administration of sections of the Archives Act covering transfer, forms of access, conditions in respect of proper care of records, and custody of material in the Archive. Staff are located in the Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra offices of the National Archives, each site having its own conservation laboratory.