Strategic Plan 2014 - 2018

The State Records Office is Western Australia's government information management authority. We provide recordkeeping services to State and Local government organizations as well as preserve the State archives collection and make these archives accessible to the broader community.

2014 Margaret Medcalf Award

Penelope Hetherington's book The Marriage Knot wins the 2014 Margaret Medcalf Award.


The 2014 Margaret Medcalf Award was presented on 18 June 2014 to University of Western Australia history research fellow Penelope Hetherington for her book on marriage and divorce in colonial Western Australia.

Release of General Disposal Authority for State Government Information

The State Records Office is pleased to announce the new General Disposal Authority for State Government Information has been approved by the State Records Commission and is available for use by State government organizations.

The new GDA was launched by Mr Colin Murphy, Auditor General and Chair of the State Records Commission, at an event for executive level officers within State government on 11 December 2013. Professor Fiona Stanley AC spoke at the launch on the value of archives, stressing their vital importance for historical, medical and other types of research.

Notice to State and local government organisations - Paper Selection for Government Organisations

The State Records Office has issued a circular to all State and local government organisations regarding the use of recycled paper.  The SRO supports two categories of paper for documents that are to be managed in corporate information systems throughout government:


Archival or Permanent Paper (identified by a specific watermark); and

Winners of the 2013 Margaret Medcalf Award announced

In 2013 two winners were awarded the prestigious Margaret Medcalf Award.

Ruth Morgan, a Lecturer at Monash University, and Ann Hunter of Maylands and a sites assessment officer at the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, won the Award which recognises authors of works displaying excellence in research and referencing of WA’s State Archives.

The Award was presented at a special ceremony on 19 June 2013 by the WA Auditor General Mr Colin Murphy PSM, in his role as Chairperson of the State Records Commission.

Notice to State and local government organizations - Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The State Records Commission has issued a notice to all WA State and local government organizations concerning records relevant to this Royal Commission.


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