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Retention Policy

1. This Policy is aimed at regulating the retention, maintenance and disposal of documentation, both personal and other, within the Office of the Permanent Secretary, MFJ, as provided for in the Public Administration Act, the Mediation Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and in accordance with the principles of data protection legislation, and other legal provisions in Maltese Law.

2. The Office of the Permanent Secretary, MFJ includes: the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Directorate Corporate Services, the Policy Development and Programme Implementation Directorate, the Data Protection and Information Coordination and the Information Management Unit. (and the Malta Mediation Centre)
3. The GDPR puts forward the principle that personal data and sensitive personal data should not be retained for periods that are longer than necessary. In this context, the Office of the Permanent Secretary, MFJ will be putting forward a retention policy for all data and documentation that it collects and processes, with the purpose of ensuring compliance to the Regulation and to ensure that no resources are utilised in the processing and archiving of data which is no longer of relevance.
4. This policy aims to achieve the following objectives:
a. Regulate the retention of and disposal of the various types of documentation whether held in manual or automated filing systems within the Office of the Permanent Secretary, MFJ, while adhering to the Data Protection principle that personal data should not be retained for a longer period than necessary;
b. Dispose of unnecessary documentation that is no longer relevant and is taking up useful storage space;
c. Promote the digitisation of documentation as may be reasonably possible in order to minimize the use of storage space required to store documentation, as well as to promote a sustainable use of paper and printing consumables.
5. Documentation is held and recorded by the Office of the Permanent Secretary, MFJ. This Policy is therefore applicable to all such documentation. It will be the responsibility of the relevant Office of the Permanent Secretary, MFJ and its Data Controller, to ensure that all provisions of this Policy are adhered to.
6. As part of its operating requirements the Office of the Permanent Secretary, MFJ, requests, keeps and maintains a wide range of documentation including personal data. The various types of documentation utilised by Office of the Permanent Secretary, MFJ, may be categorised as follows:

a. Personal Data of the Office of the Permanent Secretary, MFJ members;
b. Attendance and absence records in the Corporate Services Directorate;
c. Discipline related Records in the Corporate Services Directorate;
d.Financial records including payslips, tax and national insurance contributions, procurement documentation, etc. in the Corporate Services Directorate;
e. Documents relating to EU Funding programmes; Policy Development and Programme Implementation Directorate applies the same retention policies being adopted by the Planning Priorities and Coordination Division. PDPI chose to adopt the same policies as PPCD, since most of the information held by PDPI is more or less the same as that held by PPCD with regards to EU funds applications. According to PPCD, whom PDPI had consulted before submitting their reply, retain such documentation for 30 years in case an audit on any application by the EU is requested since EU funds are involved. This is also listed in the Manual of procedures of the ESIF Funds 2014 – 2020, which we, as line Ministry must abide to.
f. Medical records in the Corporate Services Directorate;
g. Other Records: Personal Files, Contracts, Letters of Appointment.
h. The Information Management Unit processes everything through MITA’s ERFS System (MITA are the processors in this regard), so the role of the IMU in the process is to log the request on behalf of Data Controllers and have a few emails about the requests (this only applies for where officers do not use the ERFS Systems themselves – if required IMU can enforce that everyone uses it, this will mean that IMU will not accept emails for request).
i. The Office of the Permanent Secretary holds documentation related to grievances and to Government Board composition.
j. Malta Mediation Centre has various categories of documentation and these include: Application to act as Mediator; Request for Mediation; Mediation Agreement; Request for Appointment of a Mediator; Notice of Appointment of Mediator; Oath of Confidentiality; Termination of Mediation.
7. Documentation is maintained in an accessible but secure location with adequate access provided to officials who have the clearance level to access the relevant documentation. In the case of documents with sensitive personal data with higher clearance levels, access control protocols are fully adhered to, to ensure that only those that have the required security clearance have access to such documentation.

8. In the case of personal data, the GDPR also stipulates that only those required to process personal data should have access to personal records.

9. Personnel who are found to be in breach of these security protocols, and thus in breach of the GDPR, will be subject to disciplinary action.
10. In terms of retention periods, it needs to be pointed out that the same retention period will apply for both electronic and manual data.
11. Retention of different categories of documents is governed by different requirements and different legislation and regulations.

The following schedule outlines the retention requirements for the various categories of documentation within the Office of the Permanent Secretary, MFJ. Category

Retention Period

HR related documentation

According to HR Retention Policy

Financial Documentation

According to Policy Regulating the Retention of Documentation in the Department of Industrial and Employment Relation (DIER)


EU Programmes

Documentation relating to projects utilising EU Funding and application Forms for the filling of positions co-financed from EU Funds

According to the Manual of Procedures of the ESIF Funds 2014 - 2020


Office of the Permanent Secretary

Documentation related to Grievances

5 years retention period

Documentation related to Government Board Composition

20 years after the Board is dissolved

Malta Mediation Centre documentation

As per retention periods stipulated in the Data Protection Policy​

Data Protection and Information Coordination (FOI Documentation)

As per retention periods stipulated in the FOI Data Protection Policy​

Contact Information

Ministry for Justice
Auberge D'Aragon,
Misraħ Indipendenza,
Valletta VLT 1521