We are the NSW Government's archives and records
management authority - we manage the NSW State archives collection and
set the rules and provide guidance on the management of official
The State's archives are a unique and irreplaceable part of our Australian cultural heritage. They document the business of government in New South Wales - and its interaction with people and groups in our society - from the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 until today.
Archives are the 'raw material of history' and form part of our collective memory. The records appear in all formats - files, photographs, maps, posters, plans, films, sound recordings and electronic records.
People use the State's archives for many reasons. Public, academic, family and local historians, social and scientific researchers, people establishing their rights and entitlements, authors, the media, students - all are among the regular users of the State's archives. Government agencies, too, make extensive use of the archives.