Value is a very subjective term and changes depending for whom value is being determined. The high value of records can be broadly determined from two main perspectives:
- permanent value
- business value.
Records that will be stored permanently as State Archives and have continuing value to Victorian Government and community. These high value records provide evidence of major Victorian Government activities and decisions over time and how these interacted with and impacted people’s lives.
Our selection of archives is guided by a set of key characteristics that are intrinsic to public records we wish to retain as State Archives:
- The authority, establishment and structure of government
- Primary functions and programs of government
- Enduring rights and entitlements
- Significant impact on individuals
- Environmental management and change
- Significant contribution to community memory.
See Appraisal Statement for Public Records Required as State Archives for further information about the characteristics and examples.
Records that are critical to enabling agencies to:
- undertake and continue their functions
- make good decisions
- service their clients
- maintain or enhance their reputation
- respond to commissions, inquiries, audits, investigations and legal issues.
Agency records management specialists should consult with other areas of the business to gain an understanding of their high value records and refer to documentation such as a their vital records register.