Media release: Friday, 30 November 2012
The National Archives of Australia and LINC Tasmania have confirmed their commitment to an integrated service for the public, with the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
'This document reinforces our commitment to providing the public with face-to-face services here in Hobart,' said Ross Gibbs, National Archives Director for Tasmania and Victoria. 'It marks a successful year, with both organisations working together to improve service to the public.'
The Commonwealth and Tasmanian State archival institutions began working towards a one-stop-shop for the public in October 2011 when they met to confirm their commitment to the idea. Over subsequent months, Commonwealth records and staff were relocated to the LINC building at 91 Murray Street, Hobart. The joint service was officially launched on 1 December 2011.
'We are proud that we have been able to provide the public with an integrated service in conjunction with the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office and other Tasmanian state offices,' said Mr Gibbs. 'I would like to pay tribute to all the Commonwealth and Tasmanian staff who have worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to ensure a streamlined transition.'
Hobart is the third National Archives' office to provide an integrated service with state archival bodies. The idea has worked well in Melbourne since 1997 and in Adelaide since April 2011.
'I am confident that the co-located Hobart office will likewise provide benefits to the organisations and researchers,' said Mr Gibbs.
The National Archives of Australia is currently working on a guide to Tasmanian records in its collection for publication next year.