Formed in 1981, the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (PARBICA) is a professional organisation intent on promoting the effective management and use of records and archives across the Pacific and preserving the region’s archival heritage.
PARBICA is one of thirteen regional branches of the International Council on Archives (ICA). The ICA, with approximately 1400 members from over 199 countries, is dedicated to uniting archival institutions and practitioners across the globe to advocate for good archival management and the physical protection of the worlds recorded heritage. PARBICA’s purpose is to carry out the aims and objectives of the ICA within the Pacific. This allows the organisation to tailor priorities, manage business and initiate programs to specifically meet the needs and requirements of members within this region.
With members from over 20 nations, states and territories in the North and South Pacific, including Australia, Hawaii and New Zealand, PARBICA covers the largest and most diverse geographical area of all the ICA branches. Members include government archives, non-government archival institutions and associations, and individual members. Importantly, PARBICA provides a vital link for archivists and records managers from across this disperse region to meet, network together and support each other in advocating good records management and the effective use and preservation of the unique and irreplaceable documentary heritage of the Pacific.