Australasian Digital Recordkeeping Initiative

The Australasian Digital Recordkeeping Initiative (ADRI) is an initiative formed by the Council of Australasian Archives and Records Authorities, (CAARA), the peak body of government archives and records institutions in Australia and New Zealand.

CAARA appoint an ADRI Convenor who coordinates ADRI meetings and oversees ADRI projects. The current ADRI Convenor is Justine Heazlewood, Director and Keeper of Public Records, Public Record Office Victoria.

Justine Heazlewood

Justine Heazlewood, Current Convenor of ADRI

ADRI’s Objective

ADRI was formed to articulate and promote a common approach to digital record keeping across governments in Australia and New Zealand.  The primary objective of ADRI is to pool resources and expertise to find better ways to ensure digital records are preserved and made accessible for the future.  Every one of the national, state and territory public records institutions in Australia and New Zealand have joined together to form this Initiative. They have agreed to collaborate on the development, articulation and implementation of a common set of strategies for enabling the making, keeping and using of the digital records of governments.  

The scope of work that ADRI will undertake covers the range of activities that can broadly be identified as:

  • making and managing digital records
  • keeping digital records in agencies and in archives and records authorities
  • transferring digital records to archives and records authorities
  • using digital records and archives.

CAARA ensures that ADRI outcomes meet the needs and expectations of all ADRI member institutions and that ADRI objectives are met. As ADRI work is completed, it is put up to CAARA for approval.