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The Office of the Secretary comprises the Secretary’s support staff, the Design Integrity and Special Collections (DISC) unit and the Art Collections section. Both latter teams are managed by the Parliamentary Librarian on behalf of the Secretary as approved additional duties.
In November 2019, the AUSPIC Content Migration Project and Design Integrity and Archives Unit were brought together to become the DISC unit.
The DISC unit liaises between the department and the moral rights administrators, and works collaboratively on design intent for a range of capital works and maintenance projects. In addition to establishing a business archive of material relevant to the building’s design and construction, it is now also responsible for ensuring that photos taken by AUSPIC, which detail the people and events in Parliament House, are curated and preserved.
The Art Collections section moved into the Office of the Secretary as part of an organisational realignment which came into effect in January 2020. The section manages; the Parliament House Art Collections; allocates and installs art in parliamentarians’ suites and in circulation and exhibition spaces throughout the building; and manages the commissioning process for the Historical Memorials Collection.