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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 401


Mr Holding asked the Minister for Home Affairs, upon notice, on 27 February 1980:

(1)   Will he give an assurance that films currently held within the Film Archives Section of the National Library, and the functions performed within that Section, will not be transferred to the Australian Archives; if not, why not.

(2)   In relation to the Film Archives Section of the National Library, (a) when was the section established, (b) what is the duty statement of the person in charge of the section and (c) what are the names, designations, salaries and qualifications of the persons who are currently employed in the section.

(3)   What is the Government's attitude to the repair, preservation and public circulation of old films.


Mr Ellicott - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes. The functions of the Film Archive unit within the National Library are derived from the National Library Act. The Archives Bill classifies library material in the National Library collections as exempt material and the Bill contains no recovery powers. Accordingly, as at present advised, neither the functions of the Film Archive unit nor any of its films will be transferred to the Australian Archives.

(2)   (a) The Library's Film Section was developed in accordance with a Government decision taken in 1937 to establish a National Historical Film and Speaking Record Library. The Film Archive was established as a separate unit in the Film Section in 1973. It operates with a staff of 6 under the Director of the Film Division, Mr Ray Edmondson.

(b)   The duties of the Director (Class 10) of the Library's Film Division (salary range $22,206-22,977) are:

1   . Direct the National Library's film collection and services function.

2.   Formulate policy and plan the development of the National Library's film collection and services function.

3.   Provide specialist guidance and training in film matters to subordinate staff.

4.   Maintain top level relations with Government departments, institutions and organisations on policy matters.

5.   Maintain intra-libraty liaison between the Film Section and other Library departments.

The qualifications of the Director of the Film Division are:

Bachelor of Arts

Graduate Diploma in Librarianship

International Federation of Film Archives, Summer School

Certificate 1973 1 0 years experience in film library work.

(c)   the names, designations, salaries and qualifications of the staff employed in the Library's Film Archive unit as at 1 May 1 980 are:

Ms KarenFoley, Chief Film Officer, Librarian Class 3, salary $18,515. Qualifications: Bachelor of Science, Diploma in Librarianship, International Federation of Film Archives, Summer School Certificate (1976), 7 years experience in Film Archives.

Ms KateMcLoughlin, Film Archive Reference Officer. Librarian Class 2, salary $16,079. Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Librarianship, International Federation of Film Archives, Summer School Certificate (1979).

Ms PamHill, Film Documentation Officer, Librarian Class I, salary $15,035. Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Librarianship, Associate of Library Association of Australia.

Ms JulieHarders, Film Acquisitions Officer, Librarian Class 1, salary $15,035. Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Librarianship.

Mr KeithPardy, Film Archive Technical Officer, Negative Film Cutter Grade 2, salary $ 1 2, 1 8 1 . Qualifications: 1 0 years experience as a Cinematographer, Film Editor, Negative Matcher, Sound Recordist.

Mr JohnDoepel, Clerical Assistant Grade 3, salary $9,474. Qualification: Higher School Certificate.

(3)   The Government regards the Film Archive unit's continuing program for the repair, preservation and public circulation of old and contemporary films as an important responsibility of the National Library and it has made substantial resources available to the Library for these purposes. Resources have also been made available to the Australian Archives and the Australian War Memorial, both of which hold considerable quantities of film material and other audio-visual material of permanent and historical value, available for use by the public.







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