Corporate governance

National Archives of Australia and National Archives of Australia Advisory Council Annual Report 2015-16

The Archives is a budget-funded entity within the portfolio of the Attorney-General. The Archives is a non-corporate commonwealth entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and an executive agency under section 65 of the Public Service Act 1999; with roles, responsibilities and powers established under the Archives Act 1983. The accountable authority of the Archives is David Fricker, the Director-General, a position created under the Archives Act. The Minister for the Archives is Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, who was appointed in September 2013. Under the Archives Act, the Minister may give directions to the Director-General relating to his powers and performance of his duties under the Act.

Executive Board

In May 2016 the Archives adjusted management responsibilities due to the retirement of Lennard Marsden, Assistant Director-General Executive and Information Services. The Archives reduced the existing five-branch structure to four branches with a new division of responsibilities:

  • David Fricker, Director-General – assumed responsibility for corporate governance, legal services and coordination of international activities.
  • Anne Lyons, Assistant Director-General Information Policy and Systems – primarily responsible for providing advice and practical assistance to Australian Government entities regarding information and records management, in particular for promoting integrated digital information and records management, and implementing the disposal provisions of the Archives Act; and information communications and technology including business systems and support.
  • Teressa Ward, Assistant Director-General Collection Management – primarily responsible for documenting, describing, storing, digitising and preserving the Archives’ collection; servicing internal and external requests to access the collection; and oversight of two state offices.
  • Louise Doyle, Assistant Director-General Access and Communication – primarily responsible for marketing, research and reference services; exhibitions, publications and education programs; access examination; events that help the public access, research and interpret the records held by the Archives; and oversight of one territory and three state offices.
  • Cheryl Watson, Assistant Director-General Corporate Services – primarily responsible for human resources, budget, security, procurement and national property management, including the Archives’ preservation and storage construction projects.