Moving, just keep moving

Digital image 23625

Double row seed planter, April 1939, Digital image ID: 23625

Welcome to the fifth blog in the series about the GRDSv8 (are you sick of us yet? Half way there!). The GRDS has gone out for whole-of-government consultation and we are blogging about some of the changes you may have noticed from GRDSv7.

Aren’t we all glad that farming has moved on since 1939! We are doing the same with assets in the GRDS.

What have we done

We have introduced another function into the GRDSv8 by merging a couple of existing functions together. Welcome Moveable Assets! Goodbye Equipment & Stores, Fleet Management and parts of Technology & Telecommunications.

We knew this was a no brainer in merging these functions as all these items are very moveable (especially vehicles). Some of the other assets that could be considered moveable are: machinery, plant, equipment, appliances, furniture, chemicals, kitchen items and software applications.

You will find that we have made wholesale changes to the record classes from GRDSv7. These functions haven’t been reviewed since 1997 and there have been many changes over the years (and I really do mean many changes).

The entire function is now organised under a single activity of Asset Management. This activity includes:

  • acquisition of hazardous substances, software applications, vehicles, and other moveable assets
  • vehicle registrations & maintenance
  • management of registered plant
  • installation and allocation, distribution and use of moveable assets
  • sanitisation of technology equipment
  • warranties and guarantees.

What we need from you

Do the scope notes make sense to you?

Are we missing any ‘see’ references?

Do you think the retention periods are too short, too long or just right?

Are there any record classes we have missed?

You have until Friday 26th February 2016 to provide your feedback on the GRDSv8.

Remember, you can contact us at any time via email, telephone, blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Flickr.

Elizabeth Harvey

Appraisal Archivist

2 thoughts on “Moving, just keep moving

  1. This is excellent and long overdue. However, we would prefer the section title be Asset Management – we see moveable assets as being a component of this.

    Just wondering about the term “sanitisation of technology equipment”. We understand that this is the process of erasing or overwriting data stored on digital media, however, could this description be added to this class to make it clear it is about the data erasure and cleaning/wiping component of this asset disposal?

    Sorry if these comments seem like nit picking. We are currently wading through the entire GRDS 8 and adding comments, but just wanted to give you some early feedback. Thanks so much for these blogs as they are good reminders also of the pending close date for the feedback.

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    • Thanks for your feedback Angie. Can see you are coming from about Asset Management v Moveable Assets. Will include more detail in the scope note about the sanitisation of technology equipment.

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