The National Archives of Australia has close links with archival and cultural organisations within Australasia, as well as with professional and industry bodies and the higher education sector.
The Archives has partnered with Public Record Office Victoria, State Records of South Australia and the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office to operate shared reading rooms in Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart. Agreement has also been reached with the Northern Territory Archives Service regarding a shared reading room, which is expected to commence operations towards the end of 2012.
Council of Australasian Archives and Records Authorities (CAARA)
The Director-General of the National Archives meets with national, state and territory archivists of Australia and New Zealand through the Council of Australasian Archives and Records Authorities (CAARA). CAARA is the peak body of government archival and records institutions in Australia and New Zealand. The Archives also manages the website for the Australasian Digital Recordkeeping Initiative (ADRI), which is a CAARA initiative.
Blue Shield Australia
The Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. It is a protective symbol for cultural sites, specified in the UNESCO 1954 Hague Convention, to give them protection from attack in the event of armed conflict.
The Archives, through the Council of Australasian Archives and Records Authorities (CAARA), is an active supporter of Blue Shield Australia and its mission – to ensure the preservation of cultural heritage in Australia’s areas of interest and responsibility.
For more information contact Blue Shield Australia’s secretariat or phone (08) 8207 7287.
The Archives supports and liaises with a range of other groups. At the national level, we work closely with professional and industry bodies including:
- Australian Society of Archivists (ASA)
- Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIM Professionals Australasia)
- Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM)
- Museums Australia (MA).
The Archives regularly sponsors the annual conferences of both the ASA and the RIM Professionals Australasia.
We also work with the higher education sector, providing course advice and participating in Australian Research Council collaborative research and development projects. In recent times the Australian National University, Edith Cowan University, Monash University, RMIT and the University of Melbourne have joined forces with the National Archives.
We also regularly advise and liaise with other relevant organisations, such as Standards Australia where we are represented on the Records Management Committee IT-21.