Disposal freezes and retention notices

Occasionally, prominent or controversial issues or events, or judicial proceedings have implications for the management of records held by agencies. In such cases, the Archives may support compliance requirements or an identified need to suspend Archives' records destruction permissions by issuing a records disposal freeze or retention notice. Generally, these state that agencies must not destroy any relevant records.

Current freezes and notices

There are current records retention notices on records related to:

  • the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
  • the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory
  • the use of AFFF fire suppressants
  • the Home Insulation Program

There are current disposal freezes on records relating to:

  • violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability – disposal freeze issued for records relating to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
  • misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry – this disposal freeze issued for records in relation to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has been amended
  • institutional responses to child sexual abuse – this disposal freeze on records required for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse remains in force pending the Government response to the Royal Commission's recommendations
  • Cornwell Superannuation records disposal freeze – GRA 31 provisions amended
  • allegations of abuse in Defence
  • eligibility to join a Commonwealth superannuation scheme
  • the rights and entitlements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • the Vietnam War
  • atomic testing conducted in Australian territories, including test sites and personnel associated with the testing

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