Author: Government recordkeeping

The recent Records Management Network (RMN) meeting held on March 19th proved to be an insightful and enriching event. With over 140 in attendance, the meeting showcased three remarkable presentations, each shedding light on the multifaceted challenges and innovative strategies within records and information management.

Kicking off the event we heard from our Director and Keeper of Public Records, Justine Heazlewood, who shared the latest highlights from PROV.

We then moved to our first presenter Kristy Plozza from South West TAFE, who captivated the audience with her narrative as the organisation's inaugural records officer. Kristy's presentation delved into the intricacies of records management, unveiling a journey marked by dedication and a profound commitment to the craft. Her insights underscored the remarkable outcomes achievable through diligence and a genuine passion for records management.

Next Kate Sullivan, Manager of Records and Mail Services at the Department of Education, took the stage to share the Department's ambitious project commemorating 150 years of public education. The initiative, which has provided archival support to over 360 schools in Victoria, including some of the oldest institutions in the State, stands as a testament to the importance of preserving our rich educational heritage. With over 660 collections digitised, the project exemplifies the meticulous preservation of history and collective memory.

Our final speakers, Ruth Edge and Alison Edwards from Cardinia Shire Council presented their experiences with the M365 records management migration project amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Their story illustrated how embracing change, leveraging technology and prioritising user experience can yield transformative results. Notably the council not only achieved cost reductions and heightened end-user adoption, but also fostered stronger inter-departmental relationships. As Ruth and Alison aptly expressed, the journey involved learning to understand and appreciate each other's perspectives and concerns.

To all those who participated, thank you for your continued support. For those who missed the event or wish to revisit the discussions, the recording is now available for viewing.

We welcome any feedback and encourage those interested in presenting at future RMN gatherings to reach out to Marianne O'Hara -


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