Retention and Disposal of Public Health Sector Records

This course provides participants with information on how to use a retention and disposal authority, with particular emphasis on using General Retention and Disposal Authorities 17 and 21. Participants learn about implementing disposal including records storage and destruction, and transfer of archives.

Learner profile

This course has been designed for public health organisations and covers the disposal of both patient/client and administrative records. It is suitable for anyone who wishes to use retention and disposal authorities to destroy, transfer or store their records.

Course outcomes

By the end of this course participants should understand the fundamental elements and activities of records disposal:

  • sentencing
  • culling
  • destruction
  • transfer, and
  • documentation.

Course content

Interpreting and implementing a retention and disposal authority

  • principles of records disposal
  • general and functional retention and disposal authorities

Normal administrative practice

  • what is normal administrative practice (NAP)?
  • acceptable and unacceptable NAP practices

Sentencing and culling

  • differences between sentencing and culling
  • establishing sentencing/culling projects
  • managing common sentencing problems
  • exercise using public health general retention and disposal authorities

Disposal implementation

  • requirements for the storage of records
  • disaster management
  • requirements that must be met before State records are destroyed
  • principles and methods of destruction

Options for managing archives

  • options for transfer or distributed management of archives
  • complying with transfer requirements under the State Records Act
  • recall of State archives
  • exercise using general retention and disposal authorities including health specific GDAs

Digital records

  • disposing of 'born digital' records
  • disposal requirements for scanned records

Course schedule for 2018

  • 10 April - Queens Square, Sydney


1 day; 9.00am - 4.00pm


$335 (includes GST). Discounts available.

To register

Call Siller Systems Administration on (02) 9979 9974, email or go to

Note: This course is delivered for State Archives and Records NSW by Siller Systems Administration. All training, enrolment processing and invoicing is carried out by Siller Systems Administration.

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Date(s) Training is Offered: 
Tuesday, 10 April 2018