On 31 July 1958, Part IV of the "Libraries Act 1943" was proclaimed, making provision for the deposit of public records with the State Librarian.The position of Archivist within the Public Library was gazetted on 2 July 1959, and the Archivist commenced duties on 4 November 1959. From 1974, the Public Library, Archives Section was referred to in Library Board of Queensland annual reports as Queensland State Archives, and the title State Archivist was also adopted; however, the position of State Archivist was not officially created until 3 September 1981.
Queensland State Archives is responsible for the management, storage and preservation, and accessibility to government and the public, of non-current permanent records of public authorities including state government departments, local government authorities, courts, commissions of inquiry and statutory bodies.
Under the "Public Records Act 2002", Queensland State Archives is the state's archives and record management authority, and is responsible for ensuring that standardised practices are maintained by all public authorities.
From 1959 Queensland State Archives was part of the State Library, and the State Librarian was responsible for the disposal of public records with the approval of the Library Board of Queensland. Under the "Libraries and Archives Act 1988", this function was transferred to the State Archivist who continued to be responsible to the Library Board of Queensland until 1991-1992.
Following recommendations made in the Public Sector Management Commission's review of State Library 1990, amendments to the "Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1991" allowed for transfer of responsibility of Queensland State Archives to the Minister for Administrative Services. Under the Public Service Management (Transfer of State Archives) Order 1992, Queensland State Archives was formally amalgamated with the Administrative Services Department as a Business Unit on 29 February 1992; the State Archivist became the Director and State Archivist.
Under the "Public Records Act 2002", a Public Records Review Committee was established to advise the State Archivist regarding administration of the Act, decide disputes with government agencies regarding access to records, and review decisions of the State Archivist not to authorise disposal of records.
Minister for Education 2 Jul 1959 - 9 Jun 1960
Minister for Education and Migration 9 Jun 1960 - 26 Sep 1963
Minister for Education 26 Sep 1963 - 17 Jan 1968
Minister for Education and Cultural Activities 17 Jan 1968 - 16 Sep 1977
Minister for Culture, National Parks and Recreation 16 Dec 1977 - 23 Dec 1980
Minister for Tourism, National Parks, Sport and The Arts 23 Dec 1980 - 1 Dec 1986
Minister for Mines, Energy and The Arts 1 Dec 1986 - 9 Dec 1987
Premier and Treasurer and Minister for The Arts 9 Dec 1987 - 19 Jan 1989
Premier and Treasurer, Minister for State Development and The Arts 19 Jan 1989 - 25 Sep 1989
Attorney -General and Minister for Heritage and The Arts 25 Sep 1989 - 7 Dec 1989
Premier, Minister for Economic and Trade Development and Minister for The Arts 7 Dec 1989 - 1 Jul 1991 (cm)
Minister for Administrative Services 1 Jul 1991 (cm) - 26 Feb 1996
Minister for Public Works and Housing 26 Feb 1996 - 29 Jun 1998
Minister for Public Works and Minister for Housing 19 Jun 1998 - 3 Sep 1998
Minister for Communication and Information and Minister for Local Government, Planning, Regional and Rural Communities 3 Sep 1998 - 16 Dec 1999
Minister for Communication and Information and Minister for Local Government and Planning and Minister for Sport 16 Dec 1999 - 3 Nov 2000
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Communication and Information and Minister for Sport 3 Nov 2000 - 22 Feb 2001
Minister for Innovation and Information Economy 22 Feb 2001 - 12 Feb 2004
Minister for Public Works, Housing and Racing 12 Feb 2004 - 13 Sep 2006
Minister for Public Works and Housing 13 Sep 2006 - 12 Oct 2006
Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology 12 Oct 2006 - 21 Feb 2011
Minister for Government Services, Building Industry and Information and Communication Technology 21 Feb 2011 - 3 April 2012
Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts 3 April 2012 - 16 February 2015
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