Ward Maintenance ('M') Files relate to action taken to obtain maintenance - by agreement or by court proceedings - in respect of children and young persons up to eighteen years of age admitted or committed to the care of the Minister to be dealt with as State wards or committed to departmental institutions.
In New South Wales, records relating to individuals, such as case files and correspondence are closed to public access for 100 years. Records such as registers and indexes are closed to public access for 80 years. Individuals can apply to request access to records in this series. Access to these records is restricted. People wishing to access restricted records can either contact their nearest Community Services Centre to apply or they can post the information; an application form must be completed together with proof of identity provided.
According to Connecting Kin (1998), these files are not indexed. In order to access them, the relevant file number has to be obtained from another source such as the State Ward ('B') file.
Quantity: 51 boxes
Sources used to compile this entry: Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/files/2011/02/connectkin_guide1.pdf.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing
Created: 10 August 2011, Last modified: 8 December 2016