About ADRI

Project Teams

ADRI members regularly meet to propose new work items, agree on which member institution will take the lead (or sponsor) each particular project and form project teams.  The sponsoring institution takes responsibility for ensuring that the project mandate is carried out. The teams may be made up of representatives from single institutions or from a range of ADRI member institutions.

Each team will have one project manager (from the sponsoring institution) who will have day-to-day authority over the project.  The project manager ensures the project is delivered to the agreed level of quality, within time-frames and budgets (as determined by ADRI).  The project manager will be responsible for holding project meetings and reporting back to the wider ADRI group.

Project teams may consist of one person.

The History of ADRI

On 26 May 2004, Dr Peter Shergold AM, Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, launched the Australasian Digital Recordkeeping Initiative. He was speaking at the ‘Business e-Volution of Government’ conference hosted by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) ACT Division and the Australian Government Information Management Office. You can read Dr Shergold’s paper here: ‘Digital Amnesia: The Danger in Forgetting the Future’.

The existence of ADRI is not meant to override the ability of individual jurisdictions to set their own strategic priorities and jurisdiction-specific policies and strategies, providing such policies and strategies are consistent with the overarching ADRI Framework.

ADRI promotes a single Australasian approach to digital public recordkeeping across all jurisdictions and provides a space for communication and information sharing between the members.  The collaboration ensures the best possible strategic use of limited collective resources and maximises the wider awareness and impact of the agreed approach to addressing the challenge of digital records.

the collaboration builds on and acknowledges many years of Australasian collaboration in the development of concepts, tools, standards and strategies for good recordkeeping.  ADRI’s approach will add value to existing jurisdiction-specific initiatives.

Representatives of ADRI member institutions for the first plenary meeting
Canberra, 8 March 2004
Front row (L to R): Simon Davis (NAA), Janet Prowse (Queensland State Archives), Ross Gibbs (NAA), Andrew Wilson (NAA), Stephen Ellis (NAA), Justine Heazlewood (Public Record Office Victoria).
Back row: Tony Caravella (WA State Records), Michael Allen (State Records NSW), Janet Benson (Qld), Matthew Hockey (Archives New Zealand), Richard Gore (State Records NSW), Steve Stuckey (NAA), Karen Horsfall (State Records South Australia), David Wardle (ACT Territory Records Office), Bill Taylor (Archives Office of Tasmania), Adrian Cunningham (NAA).