Scope and Application:
The University of Southern Queensland will ensure the consistent and effective classification and arrangement of ‘public records’ held by, or under the control of USQ, in accordance with the relevant Government legislative requirements.
USQ will adopt the Business Classification Scheme, as endorsed by the Vice-Chancellor’s Committee and approved by the Vice-Chancellor.
USQ will maintain an accurate and up-to-date Business Classification Scheme, reflecting the University’s business processes, for the purpose of classification and arrangement of USQ ‘public records’.
USQ will promote ‘best practice’ recordkeeping associated with the classification and arrangement of USQ ‘public records’, and will provide appropriate information, guidelines and training to relevant staff.
Public Records Act 2002
Information Standard 40: Recordkeeping (IS40)
Additional policies and guidelines are available through the Queensland State Archives (QSA) website:
Recommended reading is the Best Practice Guide to Recordkeeping:
All ‘public records’ held by USQ, or under the control of USQ staff, in pursuit of their official responsibilities are the property of USQ. (refer S9 Public Records Act 2002).
USQ staff, including contractors, will be held responsible and accountable for the appropriate maintenance, storage and disposal of USQ records.
USQ staff, including contractors, will maintain USQ records (in all formats) in accordance with the approved Business Classification Scheme.
The USQ Recordkeeping Board is responsible for providing oversight of the Recordkeeping Information Standard IS40 implementation strategies adopted by USQ. Refer to USQ Recordkeeping Implementation Project available at:
The Manager, Corporate Records through the USQ Recordkeeping Board, is responsible for developing a corporate approach to the implementation of recordkeeping policies and procedures to ensure a coordinated and consistent application of recordkeeping strategies for all USQ ‘public records’.
All faculties/sections will, for the purposes of classification and arrangement of USQ records (irrespective of format), use the Business Classification Scheme, as follows:
Level 1 – Functions (Scope Notes)
Level 2 – Activities will be the minimum accepted University ‘standard’ for the purposes of maintaining USQ recordkeeping systems (Manual). TRIM will utilize Levels 1 to 3.
Matters requiring interpretation of the approved Business Classification Scheme will be referred to the Manager, Corporate Records for investigation and advice. Unresolved issues will be referred to Queensland State Archives, or alternatively, the Queensland Universities’ Records Managers Collaborative Group for appropriate advice.
As a minimum requirement, all faculties/sections will, as soon as practicable after policy endorsement, review and revise existing recordkeeping systems and, implement future recordkeeping systems, in accordance with the approved Business Classification Scheme.
Recordkeeping systems will include:
electronic records (Word, Excel, etc.); and
email records (subject to further investigation).
Manager, Corporate Records
ICT Strategy Committee
The publication, ‘Glossary of Archival and Recordkeeping Terms’, issued by Queensland State Archives (QSA) is available at:
Peak Approval Authority:
Related Legislation / guidelines:
Strategic Plan/Goal & Objectives:
Supporting documents, forms:
Associated USQ policies:
Next Review Date*:
Expiry Date of Policy: