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Key legislation for managing information

Archives Act 1983

The Archives Act 1983 empowers the National Archives of Australia to preserve the archival resources of the Commonwealth - those records designated 'national archives'. Under the Act it is illegal to destroy Commonwealth records without the permission of the Archives unless destruction is specified in another piece of legislation. The Act also establishes the right of public access to Commonwealth records that are more than 30 years old.

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Copyright Act 1968

An Act relating to copyright and the protection of certain performances, and for other purposes.

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Crimes Act 1914

The Crimes Act 1914 is an Act relating to offences against the Commonwealth.

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Electronic Transactions Act 1999

Ensures that a transaction under a Commonwealth law will not invalid because it was conducted through electronic communication.

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Evidence Act 1995

An Act about the law of evidence, and for related purposes.

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Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997

An Act to provide for the proper use and management of public money, public property and other Commonwealth resources, and for related purposes. The Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act) states that an APS employee who misapplies, improperly disposes of, or improperly uses Commonwealth records may be in breach of the Act.

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Freedom of Information Act 1982

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act provides for public access to documents, which are less than 30 years old, kept by Australian Government departments.

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Privacy Act 1988

An Australia Law which regulates the handling of personal information about individuals.

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