Leadership team

Meet our leadership team:

  • Director-General: David Fricker
  • Access and Public Engagement: Louise Doyle
  • Collection Management: Linda Macfarlane (acting)
  • Corporate Services: Jason McGuire (acting)
  • Information and Technology: Yaso Arumugam
  • Digital Archives Taskforce: Teressa Ward

Our teams advise the Director-General on how to administer the Archives Act.

Director-General

The Director-General leads the organisation and works with the Assistant Directors-General who oversee our 5 branches.

Access and Public Engagement

The Access and Public Engagement branch is our public face.

They help people to access the collection through our:

  • websites
  • research centres
  • reference service
  • education and public programs
  • exhibitions
  • publishing
  • marketing and media activities
  • corporate and public events

They help build awareness, understanding and appreciation of Australia's heritage and democracy. They do this to:

  • enable access to the archival records
  • research and interpret records for exhibitions, marketing, and collaborations
  • promote the collection

As part of our communications function, our Access and Public Engagement branch also manages:

  • brand and public relations
  • media liaison
  • partnership development

Collection Management

The Collection Management branch secures, describes and preserves valuable Australian Government records. They safeguard evidence of government actions and decisions. They preserve our nation's memory, connecting Australians with their identify and history.

The branch:

  • manages the transfer of records from Australian Government agencies
  • stores, secures, preserves and describes these records
  • reviews records already in our custody to make sure we should still keep them

The branch also maintains the Australian Government and its agencies' administrative history through the Commonwealth Recordkeeping System (CRS). This is so the records can be tracked to their original context.

Corporate Services

Our Corporate Services branch ensures we meet our responsibilities under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act, the Public Service Act, the Portfolio Budget Statements Outcome and Program and a range of other legislative obligations.

The branch has 4 key business areas:

  • Corporate Governance and Risk
  • Finance and Procurement
  • People Management and Development
  • Property and Security

Information and Technology

Our Information and Technology (I&T) branch is transforming the National Archives into a world leading archive for the digital age.

The I&T branch supports our vision and strategic goals through services, infrastructure, software and security, and information assets governance.

They secure and protect the National Archives against cyber security threats, and innovate through technology.

The branch has 4 main business areas:

  • Applications Integration
  • Business Engagement
  • Infrastructure Operations
  • Information Governance

Digital Archives Taskforce

The Digital Archives Taskforce (DAT) is overseeing our digital transformation.

Staff have been seconded from all branches and are working with each business unit to:

  • identify what technology upgrades are needed
  • help staff improve their digital skills
  • work with the I&T Branch to decide which technology to buy