Experienced information specialists expect optical disc technology to gain wide acceptance in the marketplace as an alternative to traditional electro magnetic technology and microfilm or paper-based document management systems.

Archivists, librarians, records managers and computer systems managers alike, however, have expressed concern related to the legal status of records and data maintained using this technology. Specific concern relates primarily to the admissibility of optical disc records as evidence and as a consequence the acceptance of this type of electronic record by the business community, administrative agencies and other organisations.

At the time of this article, no statute or regulation, or judicial decision, seemingly exists in any Australian jurisdiction which directly addresses the application of this particular technology to document reproduction and storage.