Your history – Our responsibility

Our job is to encourage current and future generations of South Australians to discover that this state’s past is rich, relevant and fascinating. And among the many stories unfolding across South Australia in the present, there are many worthy of being preserved for sharing for the future.

The History Trust of South Australia is exactly what our name implies. We carry the community’s trust to keep safe our state’s stories and memory collections so that they will not be lost. This means that they will continue to enrich the lives of current and future generations.

As a statutory authority, we report to Parliament and our Board of Trustees are accountable through the Minister for Education.

Our Act safeguards South Australia’s material heritage and encourages research and the public presentation of South Australian history.

The Act requires us to carry out a number of roles and activities. We manage museums of our own and produce exhibitions and an annual History Festival. We promote programs that assist community museums and historical societies in every part of our State. We provide policy advice to the Minister for Education.

Good budget management is critical to the sustainability of our mission.

We are mindful that the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly-changing world lead us to embrace digital platforms, diversify our sources of revenue, and focus on the most pressing and worthy areas for the benefit of all South Australia’s citizens.

Click here to view our 10 Year Goals 2021-2031

Click here to view the History Trust of South Australia Act 1981.

Click here to view our Organisational Chart

Click here to read about our vision and view our Strategic Plan 2018-2022

History Trust of South Australia Strategic Plan 2018-2022

Click here to read about our Highlights: 2021-2022

Click here to read about our Highlights: 2019-2020

Cover of the History Trust of South Australia's Highlights 2019-2020

Click here to read about our Highlights: 2018-2019

HTSA Highlights Booklet 2018-2019 Cover Page

Click here to read about our Highlights: 2017-2018

Click here to read about our Highlights: 2016-17

Annual Reports

The History Trust of South Australia Annual Reports provide a review of operations across our three museums, National Motor Museum, Migration Museum and the South Australian Maritime Museum, and The Centre of Democracy, as well as information about corporate activities. The Annual Report includes financial year statements and information on corporate governance and organisational structure.

Annual Report 2022-2023

Annual Report 2021-2022

Annual Report 2020-2021

Annual Report 2019-2020

Annual Report 2018-2019

Annual Report 2017-2018

Annual Report 2016-2017

Annual Report 2015-2016

Annual Report 2014-2015

Annual Report 2013-2014

Annual Report 2012-2013

Annual Report 2011-2012

Annual Report 2010-2011

Annual Report 2009-2010

Annual Report 2008-2009

Annual Report 2007-2008

Annual Report 2006-2007

Annual Report 2005-2006

Annual Report 2004-2005

Annual Report 2003-2004

Annual Report 2002-2003

Annual Report 2001-2002

Proactive disclosure

The South Australian Government has a policy of proactively disclosing information regularly requested and released under Freedom of Information (FOI) and making it available to all members of the community.

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