The purpose of these guidelines is to assist NSW public offices establish and maintain effective counter disaster strategies for records and recordkeeping systems.
Under the State Records Act,
each public office must ensure the safe custody and proper preservation of the State records that it has control of'.
State Records' records management surveys have revealed that only a small percentage of public offices have planned for and put into place counter disaster strategies for records. As a result, organisations are placing themselves at great risk through this failure to protect records from disaster. Should records be lost or damaged, public offices may not being able to operate effectively, account for their actions and decisions, or comply with legal requirements.
Published 2002 /Revised 2015