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Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission wins records management award

The Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission won a Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Awards for the management and transfer of Royal Commission digital records.

The Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission was established to investigate the causes and responses to bushfires which swept through parts of Victoria in January and February of 2009.

From its very beginning, the Commission employed technology and systems to capture and manage digital and hardcopy records, to ensure immediate access and long-term preservation. The specialist litigation support firm e-law was contracted to provide information management systems and services, and to ensure the eventual transfer of permanent records to Public Record Office Victoria.

Many of these records were of a sensitive or confidential nature and it was crucial that efficient systems were developed and implemented early and maintained properly.

As a result of the careful planning and execution of the records management program, permanent documents were identified and transfer to Public Record Office Victoria commenced at the conclusion of the Commission.

To find out more about the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and to read the final report, visit www.royalcommission.vic.gov.au

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