Copying of Archives

The copying of original archival materials from the State Records Office collection is permitted under certain circumstances. Clients should be aware that permission to copy original material must be sought from State Records Office Enquiry Desk staff in the first instance, and that State Records Office staff retain the right to refuse permission to copy original materials.  All copying is subject to the Copyright Act. In all instances permission to copy original materials must be sought from State Records Office staff.

The following methods for copying original materials are available to researchers:

Digitising Archives

Photographing Archives in the SRO Search Room
Digital cameras are encouraged by the State Records Office, on the condition that the flash button is turned off. For clients who do not own a digital camera, a camera is available in the search room. Digital images can either be burnt onto a CD or saved to a thumb drive.

State Records Office staff can advise clients further on this matter.

Microfilm reader prints
Records that are available on microfilm or microfiche may either be copied using the self-service reader printers or digital scans from microfilm can be saved to your thumb drive.

Please note, that for all copying equipment available in the State Records Office, clients may be asked to limit their use of that equipment to no more than fifteen minutes in the event that there is an overflow of clients wanting to use these services.

Scanning of Maps and Plans
A digital scanning service is offered for clients wishing to obtain quality copies of oversized materials such as maps and plans.

Copying Fees and Charges are detailed here.

For more information on copying facilities contact the staff of the State Records Office Search Room Enquiry Desk by telephone on (08) 9427 3600, via email at or in person.