State Records Office of Western Australia

The State Records Office of Western Australia (SRO) operates under the auspices of the State Records Act 2000 as an independent Government agency within the Department of Culture and the Arts.

The custodian of WAs largest archival collection, the SRO is responsible for:
-:- providing records management and archival services to State and local government agencies in WA
-:- identifying and preserving the States archives
-:- providing reference services for clients who wish to access the State archives collection

The State archives collection comprises a wealth of historical information created by Colonial, State and Local Government authorities, since British settlement commenced in 1829.

The SRO ensures the public have access to these archives by providing information about them on AEON, the SROs online catalogue of State archives, and through the provision of a purpose built Search Room in the Alexander Library Building in the Perth Cultural Centre. In recent years the SRO has also been making digitised copies of State archives available online via AEON, for example WAs historical maps and plans.

Through the State Records Act 2000, the SRO also delivers records management and archival services to State and Local Government agencies, the responsibility for approving the disposal of State records being vested in the State Records Commission. Training, consultancy advice and standards development are provided to improve the quality of records management practices throughout government, fostering a government-wide approach to best practice recordkeeping.


The State Records Office Search Room is located in the Alexander Library Building in the Perth Cultural Centre. It is open to provide access to State archives for the general public, as well as a telephone reference query service, at the following times:

Mon - Fri: 9.30am-4.30pm

Requests to view archives can be made in person, by telephone on (08) 9427 3360, or by email at State archives that have been microfilmed are also available for use in the microfilm area of the Search Room during normal opening opening hours.

After hours access to non-restricted and microfilmed material is available upon prior arrangement with SRO staff. Material may be viewed outside of SRO business hours in the Battye Library Research Room in the State Library of WA at the following times:

Mon - Thurs: 5.00pm-8.00pm
Sat - Sun: 10.00am-5.30pm

These requests must be made before 4.30pm on the day the record is required (if the records have already been retrieved), or before 1.00pm if they have not yet been viewed.

Visit the SROs website via the link below for more information about the SROs work, news and events.

❊ Address & Contacts ❊

 ⊜  Alexander Library Building, James Street Perth Western Australia 6000 Map
 ✆ Telephone: 08 9427 3360
Alexander Library Building, James StreetPerthWestern Australia08 9427 3360

❊ Web Links ❊

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