The National Archives’ collection (the national archival collection) is the pre-eminent resource for Australian and international communities to learn about the issues and events that have shaped, and are continuing to shape, our understanding of Australian history, government, society and culture from the establishment of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. Our collection is the evidence and memory of our nation, connecting Australians with their identity, history and place in the world. Records in the national archival collection provide evidence of the rights, entitlements and responsibilities of all Australians and tell the many stories of Australia’s collective history.
National Archives holds important government records documenting the individual and collective histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and their contribution to the history of this nation.
For more than 20 years, in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, National Archives has offered tailored services to assist Indigenous Australians to access the national archival collection for a range of purposes, including to link up with family and community. Our exhibition, education, events, publishing and digital-engagement programs develop understanding and respect through the sharing of voices, stories and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The protocols enhance National Archives practices when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-related collections, and our access and engagement with peoples, groups and communities.