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Find out about our organisational structure, legislative frameworks and advisory boards.

Organisational structure

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Libraries Tasmania is part of the Department of Education in Tasmania.

We are a state-wide network of library services, community learning, adult literacy and the State’s archives and heritage services. Our Executive Director reports to the Secretary, Department of Education.

Our senior managers support the Executive Director to provide strategic leadership. This includes keeping up to date with developments in the library, archives and adult learning world.

Community Learning

We facilitate life-long learning opportunities for Tasmanians.

Literacy Services

As part of Tasmania's 26TEN network, we

  • Support reading, writing and maths skill development for Tasmanian adults and families
  • Encourage greater awareness of literacy skill issues, including the importance of plain English

Tasmanian Archives

Led by the State Archivist, the Office

  • Collects, manages and preserves Tasmania's cultural and documentary heritage, including our state records
  • Provides Tasmanians a greater understanding of their history
  • Regulates Tasmanian state and local government record creation and preservation in line with the Archives Act (1983)

Information services and access

Incorporating the State Library of Tasmania, we provide state reference library and public lending library services to all Tasmanians by

  • Enabling Tasmanians' access to information and research services

  • Managing our library collections and their access

Digital strategy and support services

We support digital citizenship and deliver many resources and services online. We help facilitate client access to our services and resources.

Legislative framework

We operate under the provisions of the Libraries Act (1984) and the Archives Act (1983).

  • The Libraries Regulation 2012 provides more detail on legal obligations relating to our library services.

  • The Archives Regulations 2014 governs Tasmanian state records activities and obligations.

About privacy and personal information.

Advisory boards and committees

There are three main groups established under the Libraries Act 1984 that support our work in delivering services:

Tasmanian Library Advisory Board

The Tasmanian Library Advisory Board (TLAB) is a voluntary, independent advisory group established under the Libraries Act 1984. The Board’s role is to advise the Minister and the Secretary on issues concerning the delivery of our services in Tasmania, in particular, the public's right of access to information and ideas.

Read more about the Tasmanian Library Advisory Board.

Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts Management Committee

The Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts Management Committee is established under the Libraries Act 1984 and administers funds and property of the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts and of the Allport Bequest. In doing so, it gives effect to the provisions of the will of the late Henry Allport.


  • Mr Tim Bugg (Chairperson) (Trustee of the will of Henry Allport)
  • Mrs Amanda Wojtowicz (nominated by the Trustees of the will of Henry Allport)
  • Mr Cobus Van Breda (Ministerial nominee with knowledge or expertise in rare books or fine arts)
  • Dr A V (Tony) Brown (Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Board of Trustees nominee)
  • Ms Sue McKerracher (Executive Director, Libraries Tasmania)

State Library and Archives Trust

The Trust was established by the Libraries Act 1984 to administer any property acquired by the trust through gift, bequest or device for the advancement of library and/or archives knowledge in Tasmania.

The Trust awards grants scholarships aimed at assisting the professional development of librarians archivists, and library and archives workers. For further information please email:

Applications for the period 1 July 2022 to 31 December 2022 will be considered at the next meeting of the Trust scheduled for Thursday, 24 November 2022. Applications for this period will close on Thursday 10th November 2022.

The Trust wishes to advise that applications for 1 January 2023 to 30 June 2023 may be submitted for consideration out of session. Applications should be submitted for consideration in advance of the event/conference.

Sir John Morris Memorial Trust Fund

Offers grants to workers in library archives, literacy support services and related fields in Tasmania. It supports:

  • Research work in library, archives and related fields
  • Lecture tours, conferences, workshops or seminars likely to advance knowledge in library, archives and related fields in Tasmania
  • Exchange schemes for workers in relevant areas

The State Library and Archives Trust considers grant applications in May and November each year.

Members of the State Library and Archives Trust

  • Ms Mary Bent – Chairperson (and Chairperson of the Tasmanian Library Advisory Board)
  • Ms Sally Christensen – Secretary
  • Ms Sue McKerracher (Executive Director, Libraries Tasmania)
  • Mr Ross Latham (Director, Libraries Tasmania and State Archivist)
  • Ms Gaylene Cunningham (Office of Public Trustee)
  • Mr Brendan McManus (Legal)

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