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Additional funding for digitisation of Prime Ministers records

Media Release

The Morrison Government is providing the National Archives of Australia additional funding to support the ongoing digital preservation of Prime Ministerial records.

The Government will provide $3 million over two years from this financial year to support the digitisation of records of former Prime Ministers.

The National Archives of Australia holds official records created by many of Australia’s Prime Ministers in office, as well as some personal papers documenting their political and professional careers.

Attorney-General, Christian Porter, said the digitising these records ensures they are preserved and, as a result, available for future generations.

“This funding will assist the National Archives in its work to preserve records of national significance and make them available to the public,” the Attorney-General, said.

“Prime Ministerial records are an important part of our history and it’s important that these be available for future generations including scholars, writers and researchers.

“National Archives Australia has an ongoing program of digitising important historical records. Ensuring the papers of former Prime Ministers– both public and some personal – means that future generations can see the role they have played in shaping our nation and our democracy.”

For information on the National Archives’ collection please visit their website.​​