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State Records Board

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The key functions of the Board are to determine State Records' policies and strategic plans and to grant approvals for issuing records management standards and for authorising the disposal of State records.

Section 69 of the State Records Act 1998 provides for a nine-member Board of whom:

  • four are to be persons nominated by the Minister who administers the State Records Act, to represent: State law enforcement agencies; local government; the private sector; and the history profession
  • two are to be nominated by the Minister who administers the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002, to represent departments
  • one is to be nominated by the Minister who administers the State Owned Corporations Act 1989, to represent State owned corporations
  • one is to be a member or officer of either House of Parliament nominated jointly by the President of the Legislative Council and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, and
  • one is to be a judge of a court of the State nominated by the Chief Justice of New South Wales.

One of the members is to be appointed Chairperson of the Board and the members of the Board elect a Deputy Chairperson. Appointment is for a term of up to three years and members may hold office for no more than two consecutive terms.

Board Charter

The NSW Boards and Committees Guidelines prepared by the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) state that a Board Charter is not needed if the Board’s operations are covered by establishing legislation for the Board or Committee (Section 3.1). In the case of the Board of the State Records Authority of NSW, the Board’s operations are covered by the State Records Act 1998.

Part 7 of the State Records Act 1998 deals with the Board as follows:

  • Section 69 Establishment of the Board;
  • Section 70 Functions of the Board; and
  • Section 71 Director may attend meetings of the Board.

Schedule 2 of the State Records Act lists the provisions relating to the constitution and procedure of the Board.

Current Board Members

Ms Anne Henderson, AM
Deputy Director, The Sydney Institute
Representing the History profession

Hon. Dr Peter Phelps MLC
Representing NSW Parliament

Ms Fiona Cushing
Chief Financial Officer, Hunter Water Corporation
Representing State owned corporations

Dr Rachna Gandhi
Executive Director, Service NSW
Representing NSW Government Departments

Mr Jeffrey Greenwood
Manager, Process and Records Services, NSW Police Force
Representing the State's law enforcement agencies.

Mr Anthony Lean
Deputy Secretary, Better Regulation Division, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
Representing NSW Government Departments

Hon. Justice Robert Macfarlan, QC
Judge of the Supreme Court of NSW
Representing the State's courts

Mr Rodney Wallis
Executive Director, Utilities and Infrastructure Division, ANZ Banking Corporation
Representing the Private sector

Ms Veronica Lee
General Manager, Mosman Council 
Representing local government