​How to identify records for the Disposal Freeze for Records Relating to Children

The Office of the State Archivist has issued a disposal freeze for records that relate to children. This freeze is to protect records that may become relevant for National Redress Scheme applicants, or for people taking legal action for abuse suffered when they were children. This freeze meets the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and the changes made to the Limitation Act 1974 (Tas).

How do I find my organisation's relevant records?

Carefully assess how your organisation interacts with children. Even if a core function is not directly related to children (e.g. roads, utilities, agriculture) there will be scenarios where an organisation and its employees interact with children. Not many organisations have zero contact with children. The steps below will guide you through this process.

Thanks to Queensland State Archives for permission to adapt their content.
The Council of Australasian Archives and Records Authorities Royal Commission Working Group have issued a Guidance for identifying and retaining records which may become relevant to an actual or alleged incident of child sexual abuse.