Submission to the Standing Committee on Social issues NSW Legislative Council - April 2020

The Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) welcomes the opportunity to provide a short submission to the Inquiry into the State Records Act 1998 and the Policy Paper on its review.

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Given AMaGA’s role and expertise, our comments to this Inquiry are focused on the potential impact to Sydney Living Museums (SLM), and the importance of history, stories and increasing public access to and engagement with collections. We will not comment on the State Records Authority of NSW. Our response addresses the following Terms of Reference:
(a) The role and purposes of Sydney Living Museums
(d) The operation and effect of the proposed reforms in the attached Policy Paper, in particular:
(iii) whether the proposed reforms will increase public knowledge and enjoyment of the stories that shape our social, historical and cultural identity, enhancing social outcomes for the people of NSW
(iv) whether the proposed reforms will enhance the protection of the key cultural assets of NSW
We commend the Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin MLC, for his expressed aim for “increasing public knowledge and enjoyment of the stories that shape our social, historical and cultural identity.” Our major concern is to ensure that the proposed or further reforms do indeed enhance and support the ability of the SLM to best fulfil all the requirements of its mandate, operating as a complex museum organisation of historic sites, collections, cultural landscapes and networked relationships.

 

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