The National Library of Australia in Canberra was formally established by the passage of the National Library Act 1960. Its origins can be traced back to the establishment of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library in 1901. The Library's role "is to ensure that documentary resources of national significance relating to Australia and the Australian people, as well as significant non-Australian library materials, are collected, preserved and made accessible" (National Library of Australia website). These resources include records and publications relating to the history of child welfare.
To access recordings and transcripts held in the Collection readers must fill in an Oral History Request form, available from the Petherick Reading Room. Access to recordingss and transcripts is subject to the conditions imposed by interviewees. In most cases access is available, but in some cases recordings are restricted. Sometimes written permission from the interviewee is required. In other cases the recordings and transcripts are subject to complete restriction for a long period of time. Recordings may be listened to and transcripts viewed in the Petherick Reading Room. Many unrestricted recordings can be listened to on-line or can also be accessed through inter-library loan through another state or local library.