Thom Report

CAARA welcomes the report on ‘Government Accountability in the Digital Age’, prepared by Dr Vivienne Thom AM.

Dr Thom was commissioned by CAARA in 2018 to undertake an independent review of the extent to which member institutions of CAARA are contributing to proper standards of government records management in the face of rapid technological change across all areas of government service delivery.  Dr Thom’s independent findings were informed by a survey of CAARA institutions and stakeholders from each state and national jurisdiction of Australia and New Zealand. 

It is acknowledged that the governments of New Zealand and the jurisdictions of Australia have their own regulatory and operational environments.  The observations and findings of Dr Thom will provide valuable input for each CAARA institution as it refines its internal operations, public services and advice to government.

Tandanya-Adelaide Declaration

On 25 October 2019 the International Council on Archives (ICA), through its Expert Group on Indigenous Matters, made the Tandanya-Adelaide Declaration.  The Declaration calls on archives around the world to re-imagine the meaning of archives as an engaging model of social memory; to embrace Indigenous worldviews; to decolonise archival principles with Indigenous knowledge methods; and to open public archives to Indigenous interpretations.

The Declaration aims to see public archives as ethical spaces for encounter, respect, negotiation and collaboration without dominance or judgement. CAARA, and its member institutions, support the themes and commitments enshrined in the Declaration.  Member institutions commit to improving services to Indigenous peoples, ensuring practices are inclusive and creating spaces that support ethical and respectful dialogue.  These will be achieved through engagement, learning and collaboration.