About us

Queensland State Archives (QSA) connects Queenslanders with their past – the histories of their families, the local community and the state – by ensuring that the significant records of government are available and accessible.

Established in 1959, the archival collection comprises millions of public records dating back to the early Moreton Bay penal settlement of 1823.

Public records form the cornerstone of government accountability. They provide unique evidence and context of the actions and decisions taken by governments over time. Through the Public Records Act 2002, we support democracy and government integrity; maintaining the corporate memory of government by overseeing the making and keeping of Queensland’s public records.

As the state’s lead agency for government recordkeeping, we offer practical recordkeeping advice and tools to over 500 Queensland public authorities.

QSA is a business unit of the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation.