ROYAL COMMISSION INTO INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSES TO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was established in January 2013 to investigate systemic failures of public and private institutions to protect children from child sexual abuse, report abuse and respond to child sexual abuse.
The Royal Commission completed its work in December 2017, releasing its Final Report with 409 recommendations to reform policy, legislation, administration and institutional structures.
On 27 June 2018, the Western Australian Government announced its response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission.
The WA Government’s response to the Royal Commission, and the first report on its progress implementing the recommendations, are available on the Department of the Premier and Cabinet website.
The State Records Office (SRO) is the lead agency for four recommendations which are directly related to recordkeeping (Recommendations 8.1 – 8.4). The SRO’s role includes provision of expertise and advice to partner agencies leading the implementation of other recommendations with recordkeeping implications, including those relating to information sharing.
The State Records Office of Western Australia provides archival and records management services to State and local government agencies. These services are undertaken by two teams: the Archives Control and Access Team and the State Information Management Services Team.
The Archives Control and Access Team co-ordinates the transfer of archival and intermediate records into the custody of the State Records Office. This Team is responsible for the documentation and preservation of archival records, and for facilitating access to the State's archives collection by the public and by government agencies.
The State Information Management Services Team provides a consultative and advisory service for Records Managers throughout the public sector. This Team aims to promote best practice recordkeeping, and to this end endorses compliance with current recordkeeping standards.
Services available to government include:
The State Information Management Services Team provides a consultancy service to government agencies on any aspect of managing records that they create, receive or control. This comprises the provision of advice via telephone or email and on-site agency-specific advice as required.
The State Records Office formulates policies, standards and guidelines to assist agencies with changes in recordkeeping that result from changing practices within Government.
In addition to the development of policies and standards, the State Records Office produces a number of publications to assist government agencies with the proper management and disposal of State records.
The State Records Office provides customised training programs on various aspects of records management to State and local government personnel on request.
The State Records Office advises agencies on the legislative requirements governing State records and the process of gaining approval to transfer or destroy State records, and has developed several General and Sector Disposal Authorities to enable the legal disposal of records across government.
The Intermediate Records Repository currently stores intermediate, or semi-active, records of Western Australian State government agencies.
The Archives Control and Access Team is able to offer guidance through the transfer of archival and intermediate records into the custody of the State Records Office.
A loans service is available to government agencies wishing to access their own records or those of their predecessor agencies.
The State Records Office is able to provide advice on a range of preservation and conservation matters, including information on microfilming of State records, and offers a service to State and local government agencies to microfilm archival records to approved ISO and Australian Standards.
The State Records Office is here to help with recordkeeping in the public sector. If you require assistance, please contact us.