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Services to Government Departments

Dispose of Departmental records

The mandate of the National Archives is to preserve records of Government Departments, the courts and a range of other state bodies that are of permanent value and to make these records available for public consultation and research use.


All Departmental records must be preserved, unless their destruction is authorised in writing by the Director or another designated officer of the National Archives. Although the National Archives annually takes custody of thousands of records relating to the business of Government, not all records created and received in Government Departments, the courts and other state bodies are worthy of being preserved as records of permanent value and transferred to the National Archives. Where records are no longer required for administrative purposes and have not been deemed to be of permanent value, the National Archives facilitates their disposal.