What are vital records?
Vital records are needed to:
- establish and protect the rights and interest of the organisation and its employees, customers and stakeholders
- re-establsh the organisation's functions after a disaster
- operate the organisation during a disaster. 
It is up to individual business units to identify their vital records. However, within the University context, vital records may include, but are not limited to;
- student records held in enterprise information systems
- master building plans
- significant faculty committee papers reflecting decision making around courses
- payroll records held in enterprise information systems
- significant financial records held in enterprise information systems
- contracts and agreements
It is not unusual for business units to consider that all of their records are vital. However, vital records are a distinct set of records and as noted above, provide a specific function within the University. The purpose of identifying these records is to prioritise them in terms of resourcing, storage and security. Hardcopy vital records should be prioritised when making a digitisation plan, as a form of back up in terms of disaster planning.
 See Manage Your Vital Records - NSW State Records