The Act applies to and establishes responsibilities for all NSW public sector agencies. The head of any agency is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the organisation complies with the Act.
The Act requires NSW public sector agencies to:
- make and keep full and accurate records of its business
- establish a records management program
- manage and store its records appropriately
- ensure that records remain accessible for as long as they are required
- dispose of records according to authorised retention and disposal authorities, including transferring State archives to the State Archives Collection managed by Museums of History NSW
- register and maintain access directions with Museums of History NSW to ensure sensitive information in all State records is appropriately protected
- report to State Records NSW on the implementation of your records management program.
As a senior executive, your responsibilities for records and records management are outlined in your agency's records management policy. You must ensure that records are kept secure against unauthorised access, alteration, loss or destruction. Failing to do so could be considered an offence under the State Records Act 1998.