The Public Records Act 2002 (PDF, 422KB) was proclaimed on 1 July 2002, and replaced Part 7 (sections 56-67) of the Libraries and Archives Act 1988 and the Libraries and Archives Regulations 1990 with a new statute devoted specifically to the management of public records.
Queensland State Archives (QSA) has developed a Plain English Guide (PDF, 284KB) providing an overview of the history and purpose of the Act and explaining each section in detail.
The main purpose of the Act is to ensure the public records of Queensland are made, kept, managed and preserved in a useable form for the benefit of present and future generations.
The Act promotes consistency and accountability in recordkeeping practices across government. QSA has been provided with the legislative authority to establish and implement a policy framework which reflects national and international best practice in recordkeeping.