Monday 17 December 2018

Digitisation and Preservation - Prime Ministers digitised - Australia's Film Heritage Stands Waiting

National Archives of Australia
In the Mid-Year Economic Forecasts issued by the Treasurer and Prime Minister, on the same day as an Assistant Minister was outed by New Idea for some online indiscretions, some information was supplied about  new money for digitisation of records.

Digitisation of Prime Ministers' Records
Expense ($m) 2017-18 
National Archives of Australia 


“The Government will provide $3.0 million over two years from 2018-19 to support the digitisation of the records of former Prime Ministers. Digitising these records will improve access to these historical records from the time they are released to the public under the Archives Act 1983”

All the other  demands for money for digitisation of the nation's film and audio-visual heritage and all other national collections remain on hold. Maybe Scott Morrison will make it the centrepiece of his re-election strategy. 

The National Gallery has been allocated $14m too new money to maintain the building and for art preservation.

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