State Records Council

The State Records Council of South Australia is established under the State Records Act, 1997.

The State Records Council consists of nine members who broadly represent State and Local Government, the Judiciary, Business, Professional Records Managers and Archivists, the Historical Community and Aboriginal People.

The Council has two major functions:

  • approve disposal determinations for official records
  • provide advice to the Minister responsible for the State Records Act or the Director of State Records with respect to policies relating to records management or access to official records.

The current State Records Council has been appointed until 22 November 2019.

Members of the State Records Council


Helen Onopko, Records Management Consultant, as a person eligible for membership of the Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia.


Vacant, a person nominated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Ian Sutherland, Archival Consultant, as a person eligible for professional membership of the Australian Society of Archivists.

Vacant, a person with experience in local government (who may, but need not, be a member or officer of a council) nominated by the Local Government Association of South Australia.

Susan Marsden, Historian, as a person who, as a member of the public, makes use of official records in the custody of State Records for research purposes.

Keith Nicholas, Senior Ishare Rollout Officer, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources,  as a chief executive of an agency nominated by the Commissioner for Public Employment, or a delegate of the chief executive.

Tony Leviston, a person with practical business experience.

Robert Foster, an historian nominated by the Minister to whom the administration of the History Trust of South Australia Act, 1981 is committed.

Vacant, an Aboriginal person, nominated by the Executive Director of the Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Division, Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Any business for Council should be referred in the first instance to the Executive Officer, State Records Council.

State Records Council Meetings

The State Records Council is required to meet at least once every three months and at any other time required by the Minister. The calendar of coming State Records Council meetings includes the due dates for papers and details of preceding Internal Disposal meetings.

Internal Disposal meetings are held prior to each Council meeting to fulfil State Records' function of making determinations as to the disposal of official records. Determinations are then presented to Council for approval.

Please note that these dates may be subject to change.

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