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Outcome and program structure

The 2018–19 Portfolio Budget Statements set out the National Archives’ outcome and program structure, as follows:


To promote the creation, management and preservation of authentic, reliable and useable Commonwealth records and to facilitate Australians’ access to the archival resources of the Commonwealth.


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To achieve its outcome, the National Archives will:

  • respond to changes in the information environment, including moving and guiding Commonwealth entities towards comprehensive digital information management
  • continually build its capability to take custody of Australian Government information and to preserve and make records available for public access
  • work with entities to improve business efficiency across government by enhancing capability to retrieve and re-use information and reduce stockpiles of paper records
  • foster effective relationships with entities and strategic stakeholders, including the information and communications technology and cultural sectors
  • work closely with other key information and security entities across government to ensure that digital information management is improved through strategies, standards and policies
  • promote and provide widespread access to the national archival collection through a national network of research centres, reference services, and education and public programs, taking advantage of the opportunities provided by known and emerging technology.