Library Board of Western Australia Act 1951

The Library Board of Western Australia is a statutory body established under the Library Board of Western Australia Act 1951. The original purpose of the Library Board was to facilitate the establishment of a free public library network in Western Australia.

The Act was amended in 1955 to include the management of the State Library of Western Australia in the Board’s responsibilities.

Official responsibility for the State’s public records was added to the Act in 1974, but this was repealed in 2001 with the passing of the State Records Act 2000, and the establishment of a separate State Records Commission.

Regulations under the Library Board of Western Australia Act

There are currently three sets of Regulations under the Library Board Act:

Legal Deposit Act 2012

The Legal Deposit Act 2012 was passed in May 2012. The Act requires publishers to deposit copies of their publications with the State Librarian, to facilitate the long-term preservation of Western Australia’s published documentary heritage.  The Act covers the deposit of not only books and other print materials, but also audiovisual and digital publications, including publications made available on the internet.  

Regulations under the Legal Deposit Act

The development of the regulations, which is being undertaken in two separate phases, prescribe how the Act's provisions operation.

The Legal Deposit Regulations 2013 for the deposit of physical items such as books, journals, microform, maps, CDs, DVDs and digital works published on a physical carrier (Part 2 of the Act) came into force on 1 January 2014.

Consultation to develop regulations for online digital publications (Part 3 of the Act) was undertaken with publishers, government and community groups in November 2014. The digital legal deposit discussion paper was provided to participants as a basis for discussion about the regulations. A report on the consultation was prepared in December 2014.

The State Library is now developing drafting instructions for the Parliamentary Council's Office, which will be used to create Regulations for Part 3 of the Act.

More information on the Legal Deposit Act can be found here.

For information on how to fulfil your Legal Deposit obligations see our Legal Deposit page.

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