Dataset: Commonwealth Agencies


Descriptions of Commonwealth Agencies responsible for creating archival records series held by the National Archives of Australia. Agencies are distinct and recognisable bodies that have responsibility for carrying out administrative functions. Agencies can be head, state or local offices of Commonwealth government departments, statutory authorities, courts, or tribunals.

Each agency is identified by a control number e.g. –
CA 12 Prime Minister’s Department
CA 3167 Overseas Internees Investigation Board

The Agency note provides information about the administrative history of the agency and provides context for creation of its records.

This data set consists of:
Agency.xml = the administrative history of the Commonwealth Government - It contains information about Agencies. An Agency creates a series of records based on its functions as agency functions change over time, other agencies may perform these functions.

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