When did you last develop a Retention & Disposal Schedule?
Chances are this may have either occurred a number of years ago, or perhaps never. Let's start by asking a few questions:
- Do you know how your agency or business truly operates in terms of functions and activities?
- Are you aware of pockets of records within your agency that are starting to get out of hand?
- Are your records storage costs starting to sit higher than your forecasts?
- Does your agency actually have a Retention & Disposal Schedule (RDS), or is it current?
If the answer to any of these questions above is yes, then please continue reading. If you answered no to all questions, please contact us and we’d be delighted to help you commence drafting up an honours & awards nomination…
Organisations and agencies are constantly growing, increasing in sophistication, improving productivity and seeking the edge to meet an ever-changing demand. One area that is consistently overlooked relates to managing the business records that are generated in this forward moving process. Structure and discipline is required, and through implementation of good records management practices, this oft-maligned area can be managed to ensure compliance, mitigate risk, and deliver cost efficiencies. The RDS is a key piece to this puzzle.
The Tasmanian Archives & Heritage Office (TAHO) have commenced utilising a new web-based retention and disposal development tool called the Online Retention and Disposal Application (ORDA). As a result, the processes and practices of developing a RDS have changed. A new one-day training course ‘Developing a Retention & Disposal Schedule’ has been created to address these changes, and is being conducted on the 3rd June 2015.
If your organisation or agency is subject to the Archives Act 1983, and you answered yes to any of the initial questions, then Acrodata highly recommends your attendance on this course.