Records authorities

Not all information and records are kept forever. Some information is managed for as long as it has business value to an organisation. Other information has long term historical and social value. Both sorts of records are identified by records authorities (RAs) issued under section 24 of the Archives Act 1983.

A records authority is a legal instrument that allows agencies to make decisions about keeping, destroying or transferring Australian Government records. They can also determine how long records need to be kept and arrange for their destruction after that time has passed.

Types of records authorities

There are two types of records authorities – General records authorities (GRAs) and Agency-specific records authorities. Find out what they are and what they do.

Developing a records authority

The National Archives will work with your agency to produce a records authority that meets your agency's business needs. Find out about the process for developing a records authority.

Records authorities and disposal

A records authority, issued by the Archives, provides legitimate pathways to sentencing, transfer or destruction of your agency information and records. Find out about using records authorities for disposal.

Reviewing records authorities

Records authorities should be reviewed periodically to ensure they remain current for your agency's business. Find out how to manage a records authority review, including adding classes or core businesses to an existing records authority.

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