Whilst the genome database is a resource of immense importance to medical and scientific researchers, the document archive will be of interest to a wider circle of Australians. The documents are a rich source of genealogical, historical and anthropological information, whether for academic research or personal interest. Not all documents in the archive will be available on-line, as befits the privacy rights of individuals.
The records make it possible for NCIG to seek ‘re-consent’ of the samples for use in new research. This has been occurring using a phased approach, described in Community Engagement.