These procedures assist organisations in developing retention and disposal authorities. Retention and disposal authorities are essential records management tools for an organisation and are an integral part of organisational efficiency and accountability.
These procedures cover:
- requirements for preparing or revising a retention and disposal authority
- identifying retention requirements for records
- the process of submitting a retention and disposal authority for approval by State Records, and
- using a retention and disposal authority issued to a predecessor or another organisation.
Organisations whose functional records are covered by general retention and disposal authorities (e.g. local government, public health services and organisation, local land services and universities) will not generally need to refer to these procedures as comprehensive retention and disposal coverage is already in place for your organisation's records.