Primary contactJames Street Mall, Alexander Library Building, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth
Perth, Western Australia 6000
The nucleus of the State Records Office of Western Australia (SROWA) collections is the Colonial Secretary's Office records which were acquired in 1903 by the first Librarian of the then Public Library, Dr James S. Battye.
Concern about the destruction of valuable records prompted the formation of the Public Records Committee in 1923, which was revived as the State Archives Board in 1929.
In March 1945, Mollie Lukis was appointed as the first Archivist and the Archives Branch operated as such until the establishment of the J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History in 1956. From that time until 1988 the State Archives and the Battye Library were administered as one co-located unit.
With the growth in interest of the role of government archives and accountability, in May 1988 the State Archives was established as a separate Directorate of The Library and Information Service of Western Australia (LISWA).
In 1990 the State Archives established a Records Management Branch (now called State Information Management Services), to enable it to engage more actively in records management matters at both State and Local Government level. The State Archives was also renamed the Public Records Office in 1995.
April 1999 saw a name change to its current form, coinciding with the move to the ground floor of the Alexander Library Building. The passing of the State Records Act in November 2000 and the subsequent establishment of the State Records Commission has begun a new chapter in the history of the State Records Office.
The most notable development to date being the achievement of independence from LISWA, with the State Records Office attaining status as an independent agency operating within the Department of Culture and the Arts, and more recently (2017) within the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
The State Records Office delivers records management and archival services to State and Local Government agencies and the general public. Standards, policies, guidelines and instructional publications are produced to promote and implement a government-wide approach to best practice recordkeeping.
The SRO enables public access to State Archives through the provision of a purpose built Search Room in the Alexander Library Building in the Perth Cultural Centre, as well descriptive catalogue information and digitised material available through an online catalogue.
These services are undertaken by two teams - Archival Services and State Information Management Services.
Please see conditions of use of State Archives webpage: http://www.sro.wa.gov.au/archive-collection/conditions-use-archival-records
Clients wishing to view original archives need to be registered as researchers and agree to abide by the access conditions described on the registration form.
The SROWA offers a limited reference query service to clients who live in Western Australian regional areas, are disabled, live interstate or overseas and are thus unable to attend the Search Room in person.
See the reference queries webpage for more details: http://www.sro.wa.gov.au/archive-collection/reference-queries