Memorandum of Understanding between National Archives of Australia and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
|9 March 2000
|Memorandum of Understanding
| | Cultural Heritage | Reconciliation | Youth
|The Memorandum of Understanding between National Archives of Australia and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (the MOU) sets out arrangements to assist Victorian Aboriginal people, or someone working on their behalf, to access open period Commonwealth records, (that is records over 30 years old), held in any office of the Archives for the purposes of re-establishing family and community links.
The MOU was signed on 9 March 2000 by the Director-General of the National Archives and the Chairman of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency.
|The MOU makes available, to the subject of the record or to family members, sensitive personal information that would normally be exempt from public access under the Archives Act 1983 (Cth).
Access to records under the MOU requires that:
· the applicant (or agent of the applicant) must not reveal sensitive information about another person without the consent of that person;
· the applicant (or agent of the applicant) must safeguard sensitive information contained in copies of records; and
· information obtained under the MOU be used for the sole purpose of re-establishing family and community links.
If an individual breaches these conditions, the Archives will withdraw the research privileges under the MOU from that person. Photocopies of records accessed under the MOU are provided free of charge.
The MOU does not permit access to records that are less than 30 years old or to records held by the Victorian government.
Aboriginal people, or their agents, seeking access to records under the MOU must complete an application form. Before access to records is granted, the MOU requires the Archives to check with VACCA Link-Up officers that the person requesting access is affected by past government removal policies. Where Link-Up officers are unable to confirm this, the applicant is required to provide the Archives with a statutory declaration verifying their identity. In addition, those undertaking research about people other than themselves must provide the Archives with evidence that they have been authorised to undertake this research, or a statutory declaration stating that authorisation cannot be provided because the person is deceased.
Archives staff will deal sensitively with Aboriginal researchers working under the MOU, and will provide information on available counselling services.