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This policy is currently under review.
The department through the Aboriginal History Research Unit (AHRU) utilises Western Australian State Government records compiled by various departments that administered Aboriginal people between 1886 (The Aborigines Protection Act 1886 established the
Aborigines Protection Board) and 1972 (the official end of governmental legislative control of Aboriginal people.)
The original records are held at the State Records Office of Western Australia (SROWA) where, under the State Records Act 2000 they are classified as ‘open’ to the public or ‘restricted’ and subject to assessment by the DAA.
The department also utilises other historical material in the performance of its function through legal agreements with the owners of the material.
This policy outlines and explains the department's policy regarding:
The department is required to incorporate the following legislation into the Access to Restricted Information Policy.
The FOI Act is the principal legislation governing the clauses within this Policy and the required procedures following an appeal from an applicant who has been denied access to information.
The SRA is principally designed to determine laws for government record-keeping practices; the control of State records and archives; and access to archive records where access is not determined by the FOI Act.
The Adoption Act 1994 provides laws about access to information that identifies birth parents and children legally adopted into another family. The principal component of this Act to be applied to AHRU’s operations is Part 4 (Division 4) which establishes
the right for both biological parents and people who were adopted in childhood to place a veto on contact by the other party.
Any applicant for information that is not a personal or family history applicant or Native Title researcher seeking access to restricted State records.
See separate Native Title Access Policy (Attachment 1).
The department manage privately owned records through legal agreements with the owners of the material.
This collection includes privately owned records such as:
All material from the South Australian Museum collection provided by applicants for information must have a statement attached to it that informs the recipient:
Applicants can receive a copy of a photograph of themselves and their direct lineal ancestors from the Tindale collection, should they exist. Tindale photographs provided to applicants must have a statement attached that informs the recipient
An applicant has the right to receive a copy of his or her own genealogical record as well as the record of their direct lineal ancestry.
Where a South Australian Museum genealogy is provided, the document must be accompanied by the following, clearly stated information to the applicant. Example as follows:
© The Museum Board of South Australia 1952.Board for Anthropological Research AA 346/4/20/1
Do not submit enquiries with this form.