Information and records are at the core of government business and are a key strategic asset. Information assets, like other assets of an organisation need to be identified and managed so their maximum value can be utilised and they are appropriately used, re-used, shared and disposed of.
Archives New Zealand has now released guidance about some of the benefits of information assets and how to identify and manage them:
Ask questions if you need further clarification – you will be asking on behalf of others. We will publish FAQs around information assets if continuing questions arise or, if needed, provide other opportunities for discussion.
Also released this quarter is a guide providing an overview of the transfer of public records between organisations during administrative change (section 23 of the Public Records Act 2005).
Administrative change can include:
•Disestablishment of a function or an organisation
•Transfer of function to another government organisation
•Amalgamation of an organisation into a larger organisation
•Transfer of function to a private entity.
Administrative change can be the result of:
•Reshuffle of Ministerial portfolios
•Change of Government after an election
•Merger or de-merger of organisations
•Changes directed by government.
Public offices must notify the Chief Archivist within three months of administrative change as this is a transfer process. Local authorities may also be affected by administrative change and can use this guide.
The Implementation Guide has been updated to include this new guidance.
If you need further clarification or advice please contact Archives New Zealand. As usual, please use email@example.com as your first point of contact.