GDS36 Records of Relevance in relation to Child Abuse or Alleged Child Abuse

On 15 December 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) released its final report.

State Records has established General Disposal Schedule 36: Records of Relevance in relation to Child Abuse or Alleged Child Abuse (GDS 36), approved by State Records Council on 15 August 2018.

GDS 36 places an immediate disposal freeze on all records relating to child abuse or alleged child abuse in accordance with the Royal Commission recommendations and Section 23 (2) of the State Records Act 1997 (the Act). This disposal freeze applies to all State and Local Government agencies defined as agencies under the Act.

This schedule is an interim measure to prevent the destruction of relevant records, until the retention periods can be reflected in General Disposal Schedule 30 (GDS 30) and General Disposal Schedule 20 (GDS 20), these changes will occur by June 2019, after consultation with stakeholders.

Until further advice, agencies are to continue to use GDS 32 (State Records is seeking advice on the continued relevance of this schedule) as well as GDS 36.

 Email State Records  or call 08 8204 8786 with any queries.

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