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Records Management and Archives

Graduate diploma

Change to a career in records management and learn how to manage, preserve and curate information for a digital age.

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Diploma in Records Management and Archives
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credit
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Why study Records Management and Archives at Curtin?

High national ranking

Curtin is Australia's top research institution in library and information science, with more citations in top journals than any other Australian university in the past five years.
The Australian's Research 2020 magazine.

Professional recognition

Accredited by Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia, and Australian Society of Archivists.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.



This information is relevant for students commencing study in 2022. If you plan to commence study in 2023, please view the planned offering.

With technology generating a seemingly infinite amount of data and information, there is demand for professionals who can appraise, preserve and share this wealth of material and knowledge.

In this course you will learn how to manage and preserve records and archives, and design recordkeeping systems suitable for data management within government, corporate and not-for-profit organisations.

You will critically analyse recordkeeping systems as instruments and facilitators of power, accountability, identity, memory and social justice. You’ll learn how to apply this knowledge in practice to ensure the efficient and ethical management of information.

A three-week practicum placement within an archives or records centre will provide you with valuable hands-on experience.

This course can be a pathway to the Master of Information Management.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

*Please note that offshore international students enrolling in this course can only study it fully online. This course is not available to onshore international students.

What jobs can the Graduate Diploma in Records Management and Archives lead to?

The future of libraries, archives and records
The ever-growing volume of information and data requires professionals who not only have the skills to acquire, design, manage, access, curate and preserve information, but also the ability to contextualise information so it’s used ethically and meaningfully.

Our graduates work in a range of information-related careers with responsibilities that include community and stakeholder engagement, program development, metadata and classification, information systems design and digital recordkeeping.

Career fields

  • Corporate and government records management
  • Local, state and national archives
  • Community archives
  • Family and local history
  • Museum archives
  • Digital preservation

What you'll learn

  • understand the disciplines of records management and archives, their theoretical underpinnings, ways of thinking and professional approaches; understand and apply in practice established and developing knowledge and professional practice
  • apply logical and rational processes to analyse the components of an issue; think creatively to generate innovative solutions to records management and archival issues, including conservation and preservation
  • understand the nature of information and how information is created, organised, distributed and used in the records and archives sectors; apply best practice in servicing the needs of information users; locate and evaluate information resources and manage collections effectively
  • communicate appropriately with information users and colleagues; assess the information needs of information user groups in the records management and archives sectors; and undertake training in basic corporate information management and archives systems
  • assess the impact of emerging technologies on the work of the records management and archives professional; learn the technologies relevant to information creation, organisation, dissemination and use; decide on appropriate applications and systems for specific information service needs
  • apply a range of learning strategies; take responsibility for one's own learning and development; sustain intellectual curiosity
  • think globally and consider issues from a variety of perspectives; apply relevant international standards, tools and practices to the professional practice of records management and archives
  • recognise individual human rights, including rights of free access to information; appreciate the importance of cultural diversity and the sensitivities which may be created when disseminating information to diverse user groups; value diversity of language and how this may be fostered in services offered by records management and archives professionals
  • apply as appropriate the professional skills of records managers, corporate information managers, archivists and other information professionals; work independently and in teams; demonstrate leadership; understand and demonstrate professional behaviour; understand issues in the ethical use of information and demonstrate how ethical practices may be followed in the workplace; understand and apply major tools for information organisation, metadata creation and indexing and recordkeeping throughout the continuum to ensure efficiency and compliance

Professional recognition

The Graduate Diploma in Records Management and Archives is accredited as a professional level course by:

  • Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIM Professionals Australia)
  • Australian Society of Archivists (ASA)

Curtin’s program was a perfect fit. The teaching staff are extremely engaging, ensuring that students receive invaluable practicum placements. The education I’ve received has made me confident and excited for my future, allowing me to prove to myself that it’s never too late to retrain or change careers.

David Tredinnick

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Applicants require equivalent to or higher than a three year bachelor's degree from a recognised tertiary education provider EITHER in a discipline other than records and archives completed any time; OR in records and archives, completed more than 10 years ago.

The course relies on technology skills, so applicants must be competent in word processing and the use of the internet, including web browsing software, before starting the course.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

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