- Title page
- Crown Entities Act 2004 and Amendment Act 2013
- Human Rights Act 1993
- NZ Bill of Rights Act 1990
- Official Information Act 1982
- Protected Disclosures Act 2000
- Public Finance Act 1989 and Amendment Act 2013
- Public Records Act 2005
- State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986
- State Sector Act 1988 and Amendment Act 2013
- State Sector and Crown Entities Reform Bill
Public Records Act 2005
The Public Records Act 2005 (Act) came into force on 21 April 2005. It was enacted to support the effective management of records in the public sector; the recordkeeping practices of public offices and local authorities; as well as the long-term preservation of public archives.
The Act sets the framework for creating and managing information in government. It applies to physical and digital records including records held in business systems and email accounts. The purpose of the Act is to promote government accountability through reliable recordkeeping, enhance public confidence in the integrity of government records and protect New Zealand’s documentary heritage.
The Act covers the wider State sector and applies to all public offices and local authorities. Public Offices include all government departments, Crown entities, Crown research institutes, State enterprises, district health boards, tertiary institutions and State schools. Local Authorities include all regional councils and territorial authorities, council controlled organisations and trading organisations, and local government organisations, as defined by section 5(1) of the Local Government Act 2002.
Responsibilities of organisations covered by the Act are:
1. To create and maintain records
2. To dispose of public records only as authorised by the Chief Archivist or otherwise by law
3. To transfer archival records to Archives New Zealand
4. To classify the access status of all records.
Additional information about the Act can be found at:
View the Act online at: http://legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2005/0040/latest/DLM345529.html