About Us

The State Records Office of Western Australia is the Western Australian public records authority with responsibility for managing, preserving and providing access to the State's records. The State Records Office operates as an independent Government agency within the Department of Culture and the Arts.

The State Records Office of Western Australia is responsible for:-

  • providing records management and archival services to government agencies
  • preserving archival records
  • providing reference services for researchers

The State Records Office delivers records management and archival services to State and Local Government agencies and the general public. Training, consultancy advice and standards development are provided to improve the quality of records management practices throughout government. Policies, guidelines and instructional publications are produced to promote and implement a government-wide approach to best practice recordkeeping in the two jurisdictions. Furthermore, the State Records Office ensures that the public have access to State archives through the provision of a purpose built Search Room in the Alexander Library Building.

These services are undertaken by two teams - Archival Services and State Information Management Services.

With the passing of the State Records Act 2000 and the State Records (Consequential Provisions) Act 2000 the responsibility for approving the disposal of State records has been vested in the State Records Commission. Under the State Records Act 2000 the Director of State Records and the State Records Office are accountable to the State Records Commission.

Prior to this the State Records Office operated under the provisions of the Library Board of Western Australia Act 1951-1983 (Sections 22-33). Under this Act the disposal of State records by government organisations could not proceed without the approval of the Library Board of Western Australia. The State Records Office traditionally acted as the conduit through which State and Local Government agencies approached the Library Board, to obtain approval for the destruction of records.

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Last updated 2 October 2015