Records Toolkit

Archives New Zealand’s guidance on information and records management

Pages tagged 'General Disposal Authority'

Disposal - Authorisation

A key element in effective information and records management is implementing disposal.

Disposal register - example

Disposal registers act as control documentation to prove that the information and records created by an organisation no longer exist or are no longer under their control.


This General Disposal Authority 6 (GDA6) has been developed for the use of public offices wishing to dispose of common corporate records legally.


General Disposal Authority 7 (GDA 7) covers generic classes of records of any format that have only short-term transitory value in their immediate and minor facilitation of preparing a more complete public record.  Therefore they are not required for evidential or legal purposes.

General Disposal Authorities

Archives New Zealand issues General Disposal Authorities (GDAs) to help organisations decide what to do with common public information and records.

Disposal moratorium on records relevant to the Royal Commission issued by the Chief Archivist

On 28 March 2019 the Chief Archivist issued a General Notice revoking authority to dispose of public records under section 20 of the Public Records Act 2005 (the Act).