The functions of the National Archives of Australia are defined in the Archives Act 1983. These are broadly grouped into the following areas: - leading Australian Government agencies in creating and managing authentic, reliable and usable Commonwealth records by providing guidance and setting standards for the management of Australian Government information and records - authorising retention and disposal of Commonwealth records, including the identification of those records of national archival value - transferring records of national archival value from agencies and securing, describing and preserving them - making publicly available the archival resources of the Commonwealth in accordance with the Archives Act.


Further information

  • Type of Body

    A. Non Corporate Commonwealth Entity

  • GFS Sector Classification


  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Archives Act 1983

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    A. Principal

  • Materiality


  • GFS Function / Sector Reported


  • PS Act Body

    Yes - Executive Agency

  • Auditor


  • Creation Date

    6 June 1984

  • Postal Address

    PO Box 4924, Kingston ACT 2604

Current single executive appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Director-General David Fricker 1 January 2017 31 December 2022
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