Drum roll please ….. the new name of the GRDS is …..

We needed to find some big drums to announce this exciting news. Hopefully these ones in the photo are big enough.

As you may be aware, the General Retention and Disposal Schedule for Administrative Records has been in existence since 1997 and the name has pretty much been the same since then. Now that the schedule is growing beyond covering just administrative records to include records which are commonly created across multiple agencies, the project team knew we needed a new name. So in May 2016 we asked for your thoughts in the What’s in a name? blog and thanks to everyone who provided their suggestions and feedback.

After much thought and consideration, the new title of the General Retention and Disposal Schedule for Administrative Records (GRDS) is the …


What new title do I hear you say? Well, technically it is a new title because we have ceremoniously dropped ‘for administrative records’. (Cue the mike drop)

Normally, if you want to change your name and you are over 18 years of age, like the GRDS, you need to legally change your name with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Luckily we would have all the necessary paper work if we needed to do this.

We received over 30 suggestions from agencies on possible new titles, and from this we compiled a list of the top 5 suggestions. The Agency Services team discussed, mulled, debated, considered, analysed, explored and talked about the top 5 suggestions and we couldn’t come up with a consensus. To help reduce the impact a name change would have on agencies, the proclamation was issued to adopt General Retention and Disposal Schedule as the name of the schedule.

Stay tuned for further updates as we get closer to releasing the General retention and disposal schedule.

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Elizabeth Harvey

Appraisal Archivist

Featured image: Map mounting drums B Kelly & A Jarvis, April 1970 Digital image ID 24311

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