|Last week, the Centre and “Forgotten Australians Report” Working Group hosted a forum titled Access to Personal Records: Developing Best Practice.
The forum set out to:
Joy Patton and Shannyn Ashley-Griffiths from the Victorian Ombudsman’s office delivered a presentation on their 2011 Report into the Storage and Management of Ward Records. Shannyn was the chief investigator throughout the inquiry, and answered questions on the Department’s ongoing responsibilities to address the report’s recommendations.
The Ombudsman’s investigation discovered that the Department holds around 80kms of historical records, which are of massive importance to the Forgotten Australians Working Group and wider sector. A vast quantity of these unsorted records are currently held in a damp, vermin-infested facility in the Melbourne CBD.
Following the release of the Ombudsman’s report, the Department is preparing a strategy to relocate the records to a more suitable location, and catalogue their contents.
The Ombudsman’s office will continue to receive quarterly updates on the progress of this strategy, and have capacity to act if they deem the Department’s actions to be inadequate.
The 2011 Investigation into the management of ward records by the Department of Human Services report can be found here.