Local Government GDA Launch

Digital Services Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 16:14

New Disposal Authority for Local Government Records

The State Records Commission is delighted to launch and publish a fully revised General Disposal Authority for Local Government Records (GDALG)  to supersede the 1999 version. This GDALG may now be applied to the records of local government organizations within Western Australia.

1945 plan for residence at Lot 132 Park Road Osborne Park

The structure and content of the GDALG has been comprehensively reviewed by the State Records Office and the Working Group, which included eight local government representatives from across the State.  Once applied, ‘the revised GDALG will help ensure that local government records, particularly those that are archives, across the state will be retained and preserved for the benefit of future generations, and that temporary records are disposed of in a legal and timely manner, saving government an enormous amount of work’, said Cathrin Cassarchis, State Archivist and Executive Director State Records.

Local government archives, which are to be kept in perpetuity, contain information about the municipality that is essential to government, local historians, academics and anyone interested in the jurisdiction, its evolution and past inhabitants. 

The archives include rate books, maps of the area, development plans, minute books, and records of significant community events.  The GDALG clearly identifies those records which are to become archives and must be kept forever.

Letter acknowledging Nedlands residents' donation to the HMAS Sydney fund


For further information on General Disposal Authorities see Disposal of State Records.

Isabel Smith
Deputy Director State Recordkeeping