David Fricker, CdOAL, BA(Comp), GAICD

  • Director-General, National Archives of Australia
  • President, International Council on Archives
  • Vice-Chair, UNESCO Memory of the World International Advisory Committee

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 become the CIO of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).  In 2007 he was promoted to the position of Deputy Director-General ASIO.

As Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, David’s principal current challenge is to build the public’s trust in government information.  His strategic agenda for the National Archives embraces a range of measures to ensure the work of public officials is being captured and kept as an authentic, complete and accessible national resource that holds government to account, upholds human rights and empowers Australia’s knowledge society.   

David is currently the President of the International Council on Archives and a Vice-Chair 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.

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