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3.3 - Improve the discoverability and accessibility of government data: Archived records

 

3.3 - Improve the discoverability and accessibility of government data: Archived records

This commitment is aimed at making it easier for the public to find, access and use government data and information. We will do this by making greater use of central portals, digital platforms and other tools to improve discoverability and accessibility.

The commitment by the National Archives of Australia is to modernise and improve access to the national archival collection.

The National Archives can best be described as the memory of our nation: we care for, preserve and make available for public access records that document the actions and decisions of the Government reflecting Australia’s history, democracy and identity. As well as preserving history, the Archives plays a key role in helping to ensure the Government and its agencies are effective, transparent and accountable to the people. The most significant records of the Government are held by the National Archives of Australia. To facilitate citizens’ access to these records through digital and online channels, the Archives will continue to lead the transition from paper to digital information practices in government agencies, digitise paper records of high research value and increase the number of records available for public access.  

Steps to implementation

Implementation Step Period Status

The Archives will lead the transition to fully digital information management practices in government agencies. Creating and maintaining information in digital formats better supports timely online access to government data online.

Dec 2016-Dec 2018 Completed

The Archives will increase the number of archival records available in digital formats, including World War II service and passenger arrival records.

Dec 2016-Dec 2018 Completed

Make additional groups of archival records of high research interest available for public access.

Dec 2016-mid 2018 Completed

Status updates for commitments are provided approximately every two months. With each update, agencies are encouraged to provide further and better particulars of the commitment and its steps to implementation, which may result in changes to timelines outlined in Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18.

Updated date: 17 April 2019