Appraisal of records determines their value. Disposal (destruction or transfer) of records requires authorisation via disposal schedules. The disposal (destruction or transfer) of official records requires authorisation using a General Disposal Schedule (GDS) or Records Disposal Schedule (RDS).
Appraisal is the process of deciding what records should be made and kept.
Agencies and local councils must only dispose of official records in accordance with a determination made by the Director of State Records with the approval of State Records Council.
General Disposal Schedules approved by State Records Council.
Operational Records Disposal Schedules (RDS) approved by State Records Council.
Records of temporary value can be destroyed in accordance with disposal schedules and management authorisation.
A Records Disposal Schedule (RDS) is required for the disposal of agency unique records not covered by an approved general disposal schedule (GDS).