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Records Management and Archives

Graduate Diploma


Graduate Diploma in Records Management and Archives
1 year full-time
Curtin Perth


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

David Tredinnick

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.

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 2021.


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.

Why study

  • Learn how to accurately manage information to enhance records processes and systems.
  • Refine your critical thinking skills and cultural awareness to design systems for the effective preservation of valuable information.
  • Apply your skills through a work place practicum in an archives or records centre.
  • Curtin has been teaching in this area for more than 40 years: our courses are recognised as being some of the best information studies courses in Australia.

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)

Career information

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

Admission criteria

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.

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

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

Other requirements and notes for this course

Regular and reliable Internet access is required.

Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Note: If you begin your studies in July you will have a restricted study program due to the prerequisites and unit availabilities.

As the course is heavily dependent on computer skills, you should develop competency in word-processing and Internet browser software before commencing the course.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Webform: Submit here

Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2022

Student type Cost
Domestic $18,500*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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