International partners

The National Archives works with partners around the world. We collaborate with other archives, professional associations, governments and the private sector in Australia, our region and internationally.

We have expertise in the following areas:

  • digital recordkeeping
  • archival description and collection management
  • providing online access to archives
  • using archives for education, exhibitions, publications and public programs
  • preserving and conserving at-risk items
  • digital preservation

Dutch–Australian Shared Cultural Heritage program

In October 2017, we received a grant from the Netherlands Government's Dutch-Australian Shared Cultural Heritage program.

The grant meant we could work with the Nationaal Archief in the Netherlands to scope our collection and identify records related to the Dutch-Australian relationship. We looked at 4 key areas of shared history:

  • military
  • migrant
  • maritime
  • mercantile

We also featured Dutch-Australian migrants and their families in 5 video portraits. These are now hosted on the Destination: Australia website.

We thank the Nationaal Archief, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Dutch-Australians who supported this program.

Bilateral agreement with the Archives Nationales de France

In April 2016, we signed a bilateral agreement with the Archives Nationales de France.

'Imagination, Exploration, Memory: French-Australian Shared Histories' is a 6-year biennial project about Australian and French historical links. It features:

  • an international seminar program
  • an archival collection exhibition
  • a professional exchange opportunity

Pacific Regional Branch of the ICA (PARBICA)

We play an active leadership role in PARBICA, the International Council on Archives' (ICA) Pacific Regional Branch. We manage the branch finances, membership and the PARBICA website.

PARBICA represents more than 20 Pacific nations, states and territories, including Australia.

Members include:

  • government archives
  • non-government archival institutions and associations
  • individuals

With AusAID and Archives New Zealand's cooperation, we have led the Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit's development for the Pacific. This Toolkit was translated into French for use in French-speaking territories in Africa and the Caribbean.