Archiving websites

Once migration of content is complete, agencies must follow relevant record keeping requirements.

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Agency responsibilities 

Agencies manage government records and information in line with their information management policy and the State Records Act 1998.  

When a website is ready to be decommissioned, agencies should refer to State Records and Archives and their records management advisors for guidance on: 

  • the types of digital information that should be retained  
  • how long the record needs to be retained for  
  • the best format for record keeping. 

When in doubt, agencies should keep an archive of their website in a Web ARChive (.warc) format. 

The web archive

The State Library of NSW captures snapshots of NSW Government websites over time

The team will contact the State Library of NSW to capture a final snapshot of the website before it is shut down. 

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