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New Sensitive Collections Policy


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The Library holds a number of collections which contain personal and confidential information or material that is culturally sensitive to Australian Indigenous peoples.

Some examples of these collections include:

Infants' Home (Ashfield, N.S.W.) records, 1874-1966
St. Margaret's Hospital (Darlinghurst, N.S.W.) records, 1894-1998
Australian Indigenous Ministries aggregated collection of records and pictorial material, 1903-2003
Royal Far West Children's Health Scheme (N.S.W.) - records, ca.1936-1967

In January 2016 a Sensitive Collections Working Group was formed to review these collections and, in light of legislative requirements and best practice methodology, establish parameters that enable people to access their own information whilst ensuring sensitive collections remain protected.

With this aim, the group has developed a Sensitive Collections Material Policy which was recently approved by Executive Council. The Policy outlines the Library's approach to ensuring sensitive material is managed properly and defines periods of restriction from public access for specific record types. The periods of restriction are based on access directions from other NSW agencies including Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) for adoption records, NSW Health for health and medical records and NSW Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages for birth, death and marriage certificates.

The Working Group continues to review sensitive collection material acquired by the Library to ensure access is managed in the appropriate manner.

If you have any enquiries about the Policy please get in touch with the Library through our Feedback page.