The State Records Annual Report and the Annual Activity Statement describe the activities State Records has undertaken during the 2020 - 2021 financial year.

The State Records’ annual report, the Administration of the State Records Act 1997 2020-21 Annual Report, is published in accordance with Premier and Cabinet Circular PC013 Annual Reporting requirements.

State Records' Director's Message

The 2020-2021 year has provided challenges for all of us during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst some services have had short interruptions during periods of lockdown State Records has continued to provide high value support to government agencies and the public during this time of uncertainty.

This year saw the culmination of three decades of work with State Records repatriating an album containing hundreds of photographs taken by Francis James Gillen dating from 1901-1902, to Central Australia. This album, which includes photographs of several Aboriginal communities was repatriated to the Museum of Central Australia and will be held within the Strehlow Research Centre. Thisrepatriation means the album can be accessed by the communities represented in the photographs and studied alongside other records of Gillen’s fieldwork in Central Australia.

The Tandanya-Adelaide Declaration is taking our work in a new direction; this was outlined in the State Records response to the Declaration published in September 2020. During 2020-2021 work commenced with our colleagues at the State Library of South Australia to establish the Aboriginal Reference Group. This Group will play a critical role in guiding the development and implementation of programs, activities and services that relate to Aboriginal people and their cultures.

State Records continues to focus on refreshing its suite of information management and recordkeeping policies and standards to support government agencies. This year we released standards relating to managing digital records in systems and metadata. This work underpins the Information Management Strategy and Information Management Standard and recognises the importance of embedding behaviours now to ensure the ongoing accessibility of digital born government information into the future. State Records also published the Appraisal Standard which provides updated criteria to guide decisions for government about which records need to be kept forever as State archives and which have a shorter-term value. This Standard was informed by public and government consultation and incorporates notions of co-participation in recordkeeping, where the people that the records are created about are included in the decision-making process around what happens to those records.

State Records’ Gepps Cross Research Centre also received a face lift this year. This refurbishment is designed to make the space more inclusive, open, and inviting. I look forward to seeing our customers continue to use this space to access records in the archive to illuminate the past to shape our future.


Simon Froude

Director and State Archivist