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Archivists analyse and document records, and plan and organise systems and procedures for the safekeeping of records and historically valuable documents.


  • evaluates and preserves records for administrative, historical, legal, evidential and other purposes
  • prepares record-keeping systems, indexes, guides and procedures for archival research and for the retention and destruction of records
  • identifies and classifies specimens and objects, and arranges restoration work
  • examines items and arranges examinations to determine condition and authenticity.

To become an Archivist

  • You usually need a bachelor degree in records, archives, librarianship and corporate management or a related postgraduate degree to work as an Archivist. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

    Take a Certificate III in Recordkeeping

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