FMPM 931 Document Retention

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This procedure sets out the responsibilities to ensure the University complies with legal requirements to retain financial records and where permitted, appropriately dispose of those records.



Responsibility of

Retention of financial records

Head of Organisational Unit

Retention of legal documents relating to financial matters

Deputy University Secretary

Approval to destroy financial records

Deputy University Secretary

Maintenance of destroyed financial records in JCU’s compliant records management system

Deputy University Secretary


Financial records must be retained to provide an adequate audit/management trail of financial transactions to facilitate auditing by both JCU Legal and Assurance and the Auditor General and to act as prima facie evidence in a court of law in the event of a legal dispute arising.

Heads of Organisational Units will ensure that information of importance to the operation of the area, or information of a confidential nature is properly stored so as to:

  • maintain control over the information;
  • ensure that only those staff with the appropriate authority have access to the information; and
  • ensure that the information can be retrieved efficiently and effectively.

All records whether created, maintained or destroyed, are to be kept in a compliant ‘Electronic Document and Records Management System’ (EDRMS) in accordance with Queensland Government Records Governance policy to ensure an adequate audit trail of JCU records is maintained. The following information is captured in the EDRMS:

  • unique record identifier/Record Number;
  • Classification of the records, in line with the Queensland State Archival Retention and Disposal Schedules;
  • Queensland Disposal Authority Number (QDAN), version number and reference number under with the records are disposed;
  • disposal sentence (e.g. Retain for 5 years after last action);
  • date of disposal;
  • date of creation;
  • audit trail of changes; and
  • who destroyed/sentenced the records.

The above task is performed by the JCU Records team, however, it is the responsibility of all JCU employees to ensure the Records team has this information for the records they create and maintain.

Once the information has been preserved for the period prescribed in the Queensland State Archives General Retention and Disposal Schedule (GRDS) for Administrative Records and the University Sector Retention and Disposal Schedule (RDS), the following procedures must be conducted prior to the destruction of a financial record:

  • a list of the record/s eligible for destruction is to be complied by the Head of the Organisational Unit;
  • the list must be:
  • attached to a completed ‘Destruction Authority Form’ ;
  • authorised by the Deputy Director, Financial and Business Services; and
  • forwarded to the Deputy University Secretary for approval, prior to any destruction.

NOTE: Hardcopy documentation relating to the Travel and Expense Management System (Concur) must be retained by the traveller until the transaction (with receipt attached) has been audited and approved within a Concur Expense Report. Refer also to FMPM 421 Corporate Credit Card Procedure..

The University is not required to notify Queensland State Archives of their intention to dispose of public records (which include JCU financial records) as long as they are disposed in accordance with RDS and GRDS for Administrative Records.  However, the Head of Organisational Unit has a duty of care to ensure that the records are not required for a further period of time by the University or the State for any other purpose (e.g. legal, Administrative or Audit action).

Minimum Document Retention Periods

The retention periods outlined in the GRDS are the minimum retention requirements and is to be read in conjunction with the Financial Management Practice Manual and do not represent a requirement that records must be destroyed after such periods. Longer periods may be prescribed for particular records under any Act of the Commonwealth in respect of Commonwealth matters or of the State or in respect of current or pending legal proceedings.

Financial Records Retention Period

Refer to GRDS for Administrative Records published by Queensland State Archives.

Related documents and legislation

FMPM 421 Corporate Credit Card Procedure

Queensland Government Records Governance policy

Queensland State Archives General Retention and Disposal Schedule

University Sector Retention and Disposal Schedule

Destruction Authority Form (Contact the Deputy University Secretary)

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Approval Details

Policy Domain

University Management

Policy Sub-domain


Policy Custodian

Chief Financial Officer

Approval Authority

Vice Chancellor

Date for next Major Review


Revision History


Approval date

Implementation date






To allow for hardcopy receipts and invoices to be disposed by the University once the digitized image of that record has been submitted and approved through the Travel and Expense Solution (Concur).

Minor amendments to links, legislation references and position titles.

Manager, Financial Systems and Process Improvement




Reviewed and updated to reflect current financial document retention practices.

Director, Financial & Business Services




Policy sponsor and approval authority amended to reflect approved policy framework

Quality, Standards and Policy








Procedure established


Contact person

Manager, Financial Systems


Financial records retention, financial records disposal