​About Ross Latham - State Archivist/Manager TAHO

Ross Latham is Tasmania's State Archivist and Manager of the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office (TAHO).

Ross is a qualified archivist with 30 years' experience in the information management industry.

His specific professional interests are collection development and accessibility, cross industry collaboration, appraisal methodology and digital continuity.


From the State Archivist's Desk - September 2017

I'd like to encourage all our stakeholders to complete a short survey about the Government Information Strategy Unit (GISU).

We're interested in your feedback on our current services, as well as your ideas for potential services. The survey should take you 5 minutes to complete and is open between 1 – 15 September. It is available at this link.

From the State Archivist's Desk - Winter 2016

Dear all

It's timely that I provide an update on the review of the TAHO Publications structure and consideration of future approaches to information governance policy and practice within our domain.

As mentioned in the recent edition of On the Record TAHO is working with the Office of e-Government division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet to determine and implement a more joined up and contemporary approach to the manner in which information management policy, direction and support is developed and provided across government. 

Traditionally our State Archivist Guidelines and Advices were written primarily for Records Managers and others responsible for the day to day creation and management of State records.

The scope of our audience is much greater in today's digital environment so it is critical that our publications and direction acknowledge this and address the broader issue of information governance.

To support this initiative an experienced consultant (Roger McShane) has recently completed a review of all State Archivist publications and considered means by which TAHO and the Office of e-Government can best work together to address areas of shared responsibility in information governance.

Having consulted a range of agencies, local councils and GBEs Roger is in the final stages of preparing his report and recommendations that will address:

  • Realistic ways of implementing a risk-based and standards-based approach to information management and governance
  • Ensuring ongoing synergy between TAHO and the Office of e-Government
  • Processes required for developing the new policy, supporting publications and advisory services

It is critical that as a result of this work we clearly communicate our expectations of you and that these expectations are realistic to achieve and maintain.

I am confident that by initiating collaborative and imaginative approaches we can achieve sustainable success.

All the best.


Ross Latham

State Archivist | Manager Tasmanian Archive & Heritage Office | LINC Tasmania