Tasmanian Archives services re-opening

File requests from government agencies 

You can still request files, but please note our changed procedures below:

  • All requests should be placed through the Archives Collections mailbox at
  • Collection of files is by appointment only.
  • Files can be picked up at the rear staff entrance of the Hobart Library in Mather's Lane.
  • Please phone 6165 5541 to let Archives staff know you have arrived in Mather's Lane to collect your files.
  • You will be met at the staff entrance and brought into the State Library and Archive Service workroom to collect and sign for files.

Transfer of records to the Berriedale repository
Transfers will be considered on a case by case basis as we prepare for our relocation to Geilston Bay. For advice, please phone us on 6165 5443 or email us at

Advice on records and information management 
If you can't find what you're looking for on our website, please contact us via email at

How Are Our Publications Developed? 

How Are Our Publications Developed? is a key part of our Information Management Framework. It explains the differences between policies, standards and toolkits in our Framework, how we develop and review publications, and how we consult with our stakeholders. 

Our Information Management Framework for Tasmanian Government is aligned to whole of government policy and strategies issued by Digital Strategy and Services, Department of Premier and Cabinet. The Framework identifies and defines the various components which contribute to effective information management. We publish exposure drafts on our website and invite comments. 

On the Record – July 2020

The latest issue of On the Record includes information on:

  • the Tasmanian Archives collecting project, COVID-19 Stories
  • our response to your COVID-19 enquiries
  • an update on development of our new repository at Geilston Bay.

 If you enjoyed reading this edition, see our previous newsletters.
If you have any queries, we’re always happy to chat. Please give us a call on 6165 5581, or send an email to

Three records retention notices issued by the State Archivist

The State Archivist has advised organisations to preserve relevant records for three Royal Commissions. These include an updated Notice of a disposal freeze on records relating to children (December 2019) and two new advices:

Retention of Records of Potential Relevance to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (January 2020)

Retention of Records of Potential Relevance to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (January 2020)

If you have any questions, please contact us on 6165 5581 or

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse release its final report in December 2017 and it included a volume relating to recordkeeping and information sharing. The Tasmanian Government made a response to the recommendations of the report.

The Office of the State Archivist has been working on implementing the recordkeeping recommendations in consultation with stakeholders. The State Archivist has also met with deputy secretaries of the Tasmanian Government Agencies most likely to be impacted.

We have developed a Royal Commission toolkit, which includes a new Disposal Schedule for Records Relating to Child Abuse (DA2520) and an updated Disposal Freeze for Records Relating to Children. There is also information and tools to help you implement the recordkeeping recommendations in your organisation. We will continue to add to the toolkit as new information and resources become available.