DISCOVERY, ACCESS AND ACCESSIBILITY
One of the key challenges for Former Child Migrants seeking to locate records about their experiences is the need to negotiate a wide variety of archival discovery systems and access regimes. The 2001 Senate Inquiry, Lost Innocents: Righting the Record, made a number of recommendations on this issue, echoing those in the 1997 Bringing Them Home Report regarding discovery and access to records for the Stolen Generations, and subsequently reiterated in the 2004-5 Forgotten Australians Reports.
Prepare a briefing paper on the current state of play regarding the publicly accessible information available to Former Child Migrants regarding records relating to their experience.
• What progress is the archival community making in address the recommendations?
• What further developments and commitments may be required?
• What are some of the challenges to be overcome?
• What are some of the risks with online solutions?
• What can we learn from the responses to date?
REFERENCES TO BE USED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOVE.
• Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs. (2001). Lost Innocents: Righting the Record - Report on Child Migration. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved from http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/completed_inquiries/1999-02/child_migrat/report/index.htm
• Victorian Koorie Records Taskforce. (2006). Wilam Naling … Knowing Who You Are…: Improving Access to Records of the Stolen Generations, A Report to the Victorian Government. Melbourne: Department for Victorian Communities. Retrieved from http://prov.vic.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/WilamNalingReportJune2006.pdf