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March 2020
During this time of significant uncertainty, RIMPA will be here for you - our members.  Whilst we understand you are absolutely stretched in trying to support your own industries and professions at this time, we are committed to continuing to deliver options for you to access information and provide forums for discussions to help you do this. The RIMPA team are currently investigating online learning options and virtual event engagement opportunities. 
Every day is changing, and it is a challenging time for all of us. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and we will provide regular updates and build our online capacity in order to support you during the coming weeks and months.
Wishing you, your family and colleagues a safe journey through these difficult times.
Stay safe, from the RIMPA team.

In light of escalating concern regarding containment of COVID-19 (coronavirus) I wanted to provide you with a further update in relation to upcoming RIMPA branch events and meetings. Like many businesses across Australia, we continue to monitor the Australian Government Department of Health web site as well as the World Health Organisation guidance for any and all updates regarding the virus and appropriate actions to take.

The Board and RIMPA staff held an emergency meeting yesterday in regard to the current events unfolding and the importance of ensuring that our members, staff and all stakeholders health are our priority. A decision has been made to move all RIMPA IAM events to July/August 2020, pending availability of venues and presenters. Further information and updates will be provided regularly in relation to this.

We are working to run these as scheduled via video conferencing link and have communicated directly with the current attendees in regard to the method/delivery of the training.

IAM International Summit and One Day Seminar May 2020
An emergency meeting was held today with the collaborative industry bodies (ALIA, ASA, DAMA, NAA, HIMAA, IIM, InfoGovANZ) who have decided to postpone this event until 2021. All registrations received to date for the summit and the one-day seminar will be honoured and will be held as credit for the 2021 event.

RIMPA Live Convention 12 – 15 October 2020
The RIMPA Live Convention being held in Canberra, 12-15 October, will proceed as scheduled at this stage. Early bird registrations are now open!

CPD for the 2019-2020 Membership Year
Due to the current circumstances all Professional Members will achieve their CPD points for the 2019-2020 Membership Year (regardless of what you have achieved thus far).

We thank you for your understanding during this time and encourage our members and supporters to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands well, cover your mouth and nose, sneeze or cough into your elbow, and do not come to work if you are not feeling well..
The latest alerts and up to date information on COVID -19 can be found on the
Australian Government Department of Health Website.
Warm regards
Chair of the Board
Thomas Kaufhold

Member Update

Cassandra Gorton

New Corporate Companies
ACT Department of the House of Representatives
Department of Finance
NSW Jigsaw Group Australia
SA Anglican Diocese of Adelaide
Vic North East Water
Yarriambiack Shire Council
NZ Power - Business Services / eCloud Business Services (PBS Australia)
New Individuals
ACT Michelle Wade
Janine O’Neill - National Blood Authority
Qld Donna Bird (1st Year Student)
Amanda Spinks (Student)
Vic Pankti Doshi - Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board
Amy Thiesz - Buloke Shire Council

New Closing Date for the Branch Excellence Awards

The Branch Excellence awards recognise outstanding achievements and contributions to the records and information management industry. The awards also honour members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of our profession and who are leaders in our industry.
For more information on these awards follow the link below and complete the nomination form for your specific Branch. Nominations for all awards are to be submitted to Awards and close on 31 May.
Head to the RIMPA Awards Page for more information.

Metadata: dead or desirable? The importance of metadata in a full text search world.

We live in a world filled with information and year after year we are faced with unimaginable growth of that information. Domo’s Data Never Sleeps 2018 tells us every minute or every day a staggering 12,986,111 texts are sent, the weather channel receives 18,055,555 forecast requests and that 3,877,140 google searches are conducted.  You read that correctly ….
every minute of every day 3,877,140 google searches are conducted.
By Peta Sweeney FRIM
Read More Here

How secure are you really?

As Records and Information Managers we prioritise the security of the Information assets entrusted to our care.  We implement security access, we advocate a clean desk policy, Code of Conduct instructs staff on not discussing business records in non secure places such as buses and stops and we complete Information Security Classification Frameworks.  We are aware of scams and tell others not to provide personal data to others they are unsure of.
By Gunta Bajars MRIM
Read More Here

Found yourself In Isolation?

Top 5 Tips from us!

  1. Head to the RIMPA TV to keep up to date with your Industry and find past and present recordings including all the past presentations from RIMPA Live 2019.
  2. Start posting on our Members Forum
  3. Read the online iQ -(past editions are also available) or submit an article here
  4. Follow RIMPA Socials     
  5. Work on your 15 second elevator pitch (you will never know when you will need it!)

Or found yourself working from home?
Top 5 Tips from us!

  1. Pretend like you are going to the office. Complete your normal morning ritual such as early morning exercise, make (or go get) coffee and wear office clothes (not pyjamas).
  2. Start work immediately at the time you would normally log on.
  3. Structure your day like your typical office day including allowing yourself to have tea breaks and a lunch break. Technology can help with this such as calendar reminders etc.
  4. Dedicate a specific work space (do not work on the couch with netflix on).
  5. Log out of all your Social Media Accounts during your 'Work from home day'.

In partnership with you, RMaaS allows an on-premise or cloud based deployment that is user-friendly, efficient and scalable. Aimed at those who need an EDRMS but don’t have the resources to do all the repetitive RM tasks, ELO can team up with your preferred Records Management Consulting firm (or yourself), making your life easier. ELO’s RMaaS is easy to deploy, easy to learn and intuitive from the outset. No need to spend extra on MS Office integrations. No extra cost to have it browser based, allowing your users to be compliant wherever they are. ELO RMaaS is available as a subscription or as an outright purchase with a significant Return on Investment.

ELO – We Make Every Business Better

Watch More Here

WA Event Wrap Up 
Head to the RIMPA news feed to read more

How secure are you really?

Developing an Information Management Strategy
 – Online Workshop  
Online Delivery (options include Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Teams or use your organisations preferred platform)
Time commitment:  Up to 4 sessions of 2 hours each with follow up post workshop
Cost: $700 +GST per online attendee (includes course materials, and exemplar Information Management Strategies)
Facilitator:      Matt O’Mara
Bookings: or +64 21 961 396

Why is an Information Management Strategy Important?
An Information Management Strategy (IMS) provides a strategic framework for your records, archives, library, information management and ICT programmes of work. It ensures your efforts will be aligned to organisational outcomes and will be recognised as adding substantial value.
Read More Here

Free Webinar: Machine Learning For Records Management - 5 Things To Know!

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are the current buzz words in information management circles. But what is it? How can we use it in records management to alleviate the burden records programs can place on end users? And how can we be confident it's working?
Get your questions answered at this live webinar presented by AvePoint’s experts Alyssa Blackburn (over enthusiastic records manager) and Esad Ismailov (seriously good compliance guy) as they walk you through real world stories covering best practices as well as showing you what AvePoint's advanced technology can bring to your organisation.
Register here 

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