BA(Comp) 1980, GAICD
Director-General, National Archives of Australia
President, International Council on Archives
David Fricker joined the National Archives as Director-General on 1 January 2012.
David began his career at the Australian Customs Service in 1979 after completing a BA in Computing Studies. He held many positions in Customs, managing major innovative border management projects for passenger processing and cargo control.
In 1987 he moved to the private sector, joining Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as a Senior Consultant and Account Manager, working with CSC's clients in the defence, science, immigration and ACT Government sectors on information management, strategic planning and project management.
In 1993 David founded Business Synetics, a consultancy company providing strategic planning, information systems architecture and business process improvement services to a broad range of Federal Government agencies including Treasury, Health, Immigration and the intelligence community.
He left Business Synetics in 2002 to join the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) as it was embarking on an extraordinary period of growth and change. For five years he held the position of CIO, driving innovation in technical infrastructure, analytical capability and digital information management. He was appointed to the position of Deputy Director-General in July 2007, managing a program of change across the human capital framework, intelligence and information policy, legislative reform, protective security policy and the construction of the new ASIO central office.
As Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, David’s strategic focus has been on the whole-of-government transition to ‘digital continuity’ in records and information management; expansion of preservation capability for paper, audio-visual and digital records; acceleration of the declassification of sensitive archival documents; and the exploitation of emerging technology to enhance the public’s access to archival resources.
David has been an active member of International Council on Archives (ICA) since 2012, hosting the ICA Congress in Brisbane. In 2013 he was elected President Forum of National Archivists (FAN), and was appointed President of the ICA in October 2014. In 2015 he was appointed by the Director-General UNESCO to the position of Vice-President of the UNESCO Memory of the World International Advisory Committee.
He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Professional Member of the Australian Society of Archivists. In 2015 he was made Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the Republic of France.
Office of the Director-General
The Office of the Director-General comprises the international and strategic liaison, legal services, and strategic planning and governance functions.
The International and Strategic Liaison section provides strategic advice, support and coordination of the Archives' whole-of-organisation relationships to enable the Archives to deliver focused and meaningful engagement with key and emerging stakeholders. This section advances the Archives' international agenda through activities such as visits by international delegations, development programs with partners and bilateral relationships with other archives, consistent with the Archives’ International Engagement policy and Government foreign policy priorities.
The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice to the Director-General and other members of the Leadership Team on matters relevant to the function and operation of the Archives. It also provides legal advice to business areas that may include liaison with external legal service providers.
The Strategic Planning and Governance section develops and maintains the Archives governance framework, strategic planning processes, strategies to manage the organisation’s risk, and compliance with relevant external legislation/regulations. The section is responsible for internal audit, insurance, business continuity arrangements and provides secretariats for the National Archives of Australia Advisory Council, Audit and Risk Committee, Executive Board and the Business Continuity and Emergency Planning Committee.