The Library was established under the National Library Act (1960), which defines the Library's role, corporate governance and financial management framework. As a statutory authority within the Attorney General's portfolio the Library is also subject to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, which provides the reporting and accountability framework.
A set of National Library Regulations governs access to, and conduct on, Library property and access to, and use of, Library materials.
Governance of the Library is the responsibility of the Library Council.
The Director-General of the Library is Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich AM who was appointed on 9 February 2011. There is an organisational chart (153 kb) available below.
The Annual Report provides a full corporate overview for the previous year, including details of current corporate management issues.