USP Records Management


Vital Records Lodgement/Registration

Records Management maintains a register and holds Vital Records on behalf of the University.

Vital Records are those that protect the University’s rights. They are considered ‘vital’ because they provide the legal basis for the University’s existence and enable it to recover quickly and effectively from a disaster.

Records Management is the custodian of the Vital Records of the University and hence all areas of the University, administrative and academic, are required to provide the Records Management office with original Vital Record documents, on an on-going basis.

If you require assistance and/or guidance at any point of the Vital Record lodgement process, please contact the Records Management office on (679) 32 31687, or via email records(at)

To lodge a Vital Record

Create a local official folder

You will need to create an official folder regarding the Vital Record in the University’s electronic records management system – Records Manager. No Vital Record should exist without a corresponding official folder which should contain background and supporting documentation. This would normally have already been undertaken within your business unit.

Ensure the Vital Record is complete, and signed where appropriate

Please ensure that only complete Vital Records are forwarded to Records Management. You are in the best position to know whether a Vital Record document is complete or not. To reduce double handling, your Vital Record must be signed (where applicable) – this would generally be an indication that the document has been finalised and accepted as the ultimate, final document.

Copy the Vital Record for filing on your local official folder

You are encouraged to make a copy of the Vital Record for your local file – as a working reference document. Only the original Vital Record should be lodged with Records Management. Any supporting documentation will be returned to you if lodged with the Vital Record. All background and supporting documentation (correspondence, negotiations, drafts, emails, etc.) should remain on your local official folder within your business unit.

Exemptions to lodging the original document

There will be occasions where USP will not receive the original document, but will receive a copy – fax, email, scanned copy, a photograph even.  In this instance the copy that you receive should be lodged with Records Management as an original (the above conditions still apply), and the lodgement form should explicitly state this, with an explanation that the original was not received (and where the original is held, if known). There will be instances where the Vital Record will need to remain with you (for example, government issued trade licences/certificates, or building regulation compliance certificates). In these instances a copy will need to be lodged as a vital record.

To lodge a Vital Record please complete the Vital Records Lodgement form. 

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Records Management
The University of the South Pacific

Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji
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