Our next policy for government (from 2021)

The National Archives recently released an exposure draft of our next policy for Australian Government agencies, Building trust in the public record: managing information and data for government and community.

Feedback on the exposure draft has now closed. However, you can still view the draft policy.

We still welcome your feedback on a list of proposed products and advice to accompany the policy.

The final policy will be released later this year and come into effect from 1 January 2021.

About the new policy

Building trust in the public record: managing information and data for government and community is a policy to improve how Australian Government agencies create, collect, manage and use information assets.

The policy outlines key information management requirements for Australian Government agencies. It also identifies actions that agencies can take to build information management capability and address areas of lower performance.

Building trust in the public record: managing information and data for government and community will take effect from 1 January 2021 and will follow the Digital Continuity 2020 policy, which concludes on 31 December 2020.

Download the policy exposure draft

About the supporting products

The National Archives will progressively develop and release supporting products and advice to help agencies implement the new policy.

The National Archives will prioritise the development and release of products and advice during the policy period in accordance with a publicly available release schedule.

We encourage you to provide feedback on the initial list of proposed products and advice for development.

We also encourage agencies to share with us any products or advice that may have broader application in support of the policy actions.

Please email us at information.management@naa.gov.au with your feedback and suggestions.

Download the products and advice listing

Next steps

Upcoming policy milestones are:

  • September to October 2020: Development of final policy, taking exposure draft feedback into account.
  • October or November 2020: Soft launch of the new policy.
  • 1 Jan 2021: Formal issue of the policy and release of initial products and advice in accordance with a publicly available release schedule.

We will continue to update agencies, practitioners and professional bodies as we develop and implement our next policy for Australian Government agencies.

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