Inquiry into the State Records Act 1998

Submissions to the NSW Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Issues' Inquiry into the State Records Act 1998 and the Historic Houses Act 1980 has been extended to Thursday 30 April 2020.

Further information about the Inquiry, including the Terms of Reference, Policy paper on the Review of the State Records Act 1998 and the referral letter from the Special Minister of State, and Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts, to the Committee are available from the Parliament of NSW website.

The proposed changes apply to the current administrative arrangements of NSW State Archives and Records and Sydney Living Museums, and involve the creation of a new agency designated to fulfil the current legislative responsibilities of both organisations.

These proposed reforms are intended to achieve the following four policy outcomes:

  1. That the stories that shape the social, historic & cultural identity of NSW are widely shared & understood
  2. That records of enduring value to the citizens of NSW are managed, preserved & made accessible
  3. That citizens have timely access to records documenting the activities & decisions that shape NSW & the lives of its citizens
  4. That NSW public offices create, keep & protect records as evidence of their activities & decisions.

This set of policy proposals is fully supported by the NSW State Archives and Records and Sydney Living Museums Senior Executive Team and Boards. These proposals present an exciting future for increased placement and profile of history in the cultural programming of the state. Additionally, they greatly enhance key outcomes for the public, including better access to the State’s cultural collections, improved recordkeeping governance and the ability to better connect people with stories from our past in order to improve the future.

Submissions can be made to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Issues regarding this matter.