Compliant destruction of Australian Government information

All business information the Australian Government creates, sends and receives is considered a Commonwealth record.

This information is a valuable asset requiring proper management, including its:

  • creation
  • titling and classification
  • access
  • protection
  • storage and preservation
  • disposal.

What 'disposal' means

According to the Archives Act 1983, disposal of Australian Government information means:

  • destruction
  • custody or ownership transfer
  • damage or alteration.

Destruction is the complete and irreversible process of erasing the information so it cannot be reconstituted or reconstructed.

Destruction of Australian Government information can occur if it is: