General Disposal Authority for State Government Information

Jessica Morris Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 16:48

On 25 February 2014, the State Information Management Services team (SIMS) of the State Records Office (SRO) ran an Information Session on the new General Disposal Authority for State Government Information (GDASG) to assist State government agencies with the implementation of this new disposal tool.

The session was opened to those in State Government agencies responsible for the appraisal, sentencing and disposal of State records and to Recordkeeping Consultants.  It proved to be popular with approximately 190 attending from a diverse range of State government agencies and Consultancy groups.

The session described how the GDASG encompasses Administrative records, Human Resource Management records, and Financial and Accounting records.  It is a single document that complements the Retention and Disposal Schedules (Schedules) that every State government agency has developed for its core business records.  It is a noteworthy achievement that with the GDASG and the individual agency Schedules, Western Australia has full coverage for the disposal of State Government information.

In addition, details were provided on the structure and content, the ‘how to’ of sentencing and resentencing records, and on the tools developed to assist agencies with implementation.  These tools are available on our website under General Disposal Authorities.

Attendees’ feedback was very positive.  Further sessions will be conducted in both metropolitan and regional areas.

The SIMS team are available to provide further assistance to State government agencies on the implementation of the GDASG and can be contacted via email at