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The National Archives of Australia sees its role as an agent of change, working with all Australian Government Agencies to embrace digital information management in line with the Government's Digital Transition Policy, the Archives annual report to Parliament states.
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Director-General at the National Archives, David Fricker said this represented a natural and necessary extension of its responsibility for preserving the records that upheld the integrity, accountability and transparency of the Government of Australia, and to protect the rights and entitlements of its citizens.
He said the Archives had embraced technology to provide researchers with new ways to access and interact with its collection.
“'With 98.5 per cent of researchers now connecting to our collection online, we will continue to change how we engage with the public through expanded websites, blogs, social media forums and innovative gallery experiences,” Mr Fricker said.
The report also stated that in its Transition to Digital 2015 strategy, records created digitally after 2015 must be transferred to the National Archives in digital format.
“Another significant achievement was the passing by Parliament of an expediency motion to proceed with the new National Archives Preservation Facility,” Mr Fricker said.
“'One of our key roles is to provide and facilitate access to the Commonwealth records we hold - Archival records are only of value to the nation if people have easy access to them.”
As a result the Archives would continue to enhance its digital systems.
The National Archives of Australia's annual report can be viewed at http://annualreport.naa.gov.au/2012-13/
Edition 386, 5 November 2013