EP# 35: Collecting and Protecting Australia’s Memories

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of being able to find, access, analyse, and share trusted and reliable digital information in a timely and responsive manner. The National Archives, like most of the APS have been extremely busy during the pandemic, ensuring that the governments most important records are documented, so that they can be held as part of the National Archives archival collection.

In this episode of Work with Purpose, we are joined by David Fricker, the Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, and the current President of the International Council on Archives.

Fricker walks us through what the team at the National Archives have been doing since the beginning of the pandemic. How are they recording information? Why is it important that this moment is captured in time?

He also touches on the effectiveness of Australia’s information management system. How does it rank against other countries around the world? What steps can we take to improve Australia’s information management system?

Fricker rounds out the episode on a personal note, explaining how he has changed since the beginning of the pandemic and how he has realised he is capable of more than he initially thought.

Discussed in this episode:

  • How the National Archives of Australia are recording and documenting the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Where Australia ranks compared to the rest of the world in effective information management systems.
  • How the National Archives deal with dis and misinformation.
  • Why it is essential that all sectors of the APS collaborate with the National Archives.