Retention and Disposal
Current disposal freezes
The Tasmanian Government Commission of Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was announced on 23 November 2020. Our records retention notice is below.
There are several local and national investigations, inquiries and Royal Commissions in progress. All records relevant to investigations, inquiries and Royal Commissions must be preserved until the inquiry and any subsequent actions are completed.
Please note that disposal freezes override authorised Disposal Schedules.
Current record retention notices
- Notice of a disposal freeze on records relating to children (December 2019)
- Retention of Records of Potential Relevance to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (January 2020)
- Retention of Records of Potential Relevance to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (January 2020)
- Retention of Records of Relevance to the Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings (April 2021)
How do I get a Destruction Authority?
Records not described in a disposal schedule are called unscheduled (or non-scheduled) records. Unscheduled records include all records created before 1960. To destroy unscheduled records, you need to apply for a destruction authority. This is a one-off authorisation from the State Archivist that allows you to destroy unscheduled records.
You may also need to apply for a destruction authority for damaged records.
How to develop a disposal schedule
Please contact us (see link below) for information on how to develop a disposal schedule.
About Retention and Disposal Schedules
Retention and Disposal Schedules ensure that records of continuing value to the public and the government are accessible for appropriate lengths of time. Authorised Disposal Schedules are one way of managing routine disposal of short term or temporary value records, without the need to repeatedly seek authorisation from the State Archivist.
Schedules may be developed specifically to meet the unique requirements of an organisation (functional), to meet the needs of a particular industry (sector), or ‘general’ in their application (approved for use by all organisations).
Organisations who do not have a current Disposal Schedule should contact us (see link below).
Contact us for more information.
Current authorised Disposal Schedules
|Training records of government Registered Training organisations
|Short Term Value Records
|Functional Records of Ministers of the Crown
|Common Administrative Functions
|Tasmanian Electoral Commission (Electoral Records)
|Administrative records of Inter-Governmental Agencies
|Records Relating to Child Abuse
|Records COVID-19 Disease Emergency Records
|Statutory Governing Bodies