Keyword AAA: A thesaurus of general terms (1998) and Keyword for Councils: A thesaurus of local government terms (2001) support a functional approach to records classification, titling and control.
In 1995, NSW State Archives and Records released Keyword AAA, a keyword thesaurus of general terms based on the keyword classification method. It covers terminology common to most organisations. This includes terms derived from common functions and activities, such as PERSONNEL and FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT.
It is important to note that Keyword AAA is not designed to cover all of the records of an organisation. It should be used in conjunction with a thesaurus of functional terms developed by the organisation or by a consultant. A thesaurus of functional terms covers terminology relating to the organisation's unique or core business functions and activities. Keyword AAA and the thesaurus of functional terms are merged to provide comprehensive controlled vocabulary coverage.
Keyword for Councils is a thesaurus designed for use in classifying, titling and indexing council records in all technological environments. It covers terminology common to business functions and activities undertaken by councils, and records created or received by councils in the course of its business.