UPDATE: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia
The Commonwealth Government established a national Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia in 2013.
In response the State Archivist imposed a freeze on destruction of any records potentially relating to the Royal Commission and this has been in place since December 2012. Under this arrangement documents required for the Royal Commission must not be destroyed even if an approved disposal schedule or disposal authorisation is in place. All records relevant to the investigation or inquiry must be identified and preserved until it is completed. This includes historical records.
The Royal Commission’s final report has been released and includes a volume relating to recordkeeping and information sharing.
The Tasmanian Government is considering its response to the recommendations in the report and the freeze on destruction will remain in place during this time.
Once the outcomes of this consideration are known the State Archivist will contact heads of Tasmanian Government Agencies to advise on the status of the freeze, and we will also update our website.