Under the Australian Archives Act 1983 most Commonwealth records are opened to public scrutiny after twenty years (this was reduced from thirty years in 2010). But the Act also defines ‘exempt’ records that can be withheld from the public for a variety of reasons, including the defence of national security, and the protection of individual privacy. Access under the Act is not an inevitable destination, but a process that may result in records with the access status of ‘closed’.
Here you can explore these closed files. Why can't we look at them? How old are they? What are we really being protected against?
BE WARNED! This is a work in progress. It's part of an ongoing research project by Tim Sherratt (@wragge). As a result, this interface is likely to change. That said, pretty much everything should work, so feel free to poke around and see what you can find. Have fun!
|Series||Control Symbol||Title||Contents dates|
|E72||D8933/6||[Portion of Title Expunged] - Federn, Judith - Mr and Mrs Correll||1960 - 1960|
|A1838||1490/17/5 PART 1||Legal aspects of Papua New Guinea independence - Defence||1972 - 1974|
|A432||1932/326||Reduction of Rents Act 1931 W.A. Premises held under lease by C'Wealth Leases entered into after Commencement of Act. Rent reducted by agreement. Reduction less than that provided by Act. How leases should be dealt with||1932 - 1932|
|A9954||SE/10/D2||Agenda item 2b. The Communist insurgent threat to the Treaty area. Collated paper presented by the United Kingdom||1959 - 1959|
|C4076||HN16026 PART A||Collector Post Office||1984 - 1984|
|M880||758||Foreign Affairs - China||1988 - 1988|
|A12383||E/5/1/1||Wilton Report - Joint Intelligence Organisation - Organisational Structure and Establishment||1968 - 1975|
|A432||1931/1216||Customs Tariff Proposal dated 3.4.30 Customs Tariff Items 250 (c) & 367||1931 - 1931|
|A1838||3004/10/6 PART 4||South East Asia - Indo Chinese refugees - United States policy||1981 - 1983|
|A1838||3032/2/9 PART 8||Sarawak - Internal Security||1971 - 1972|
|M4520||81||[Correspondence with Marshall Wilson and Stephen Foley from 'The Age']||23 Jan 1985 - 27 May 1986|
|D1717||40/35||Commonwealth Railway, ACT railway, Queanbeyan to Canberra, horizontal scale 1inch=4chain, vertical scale 1inch=4feet - showing plan and longitudinal section with railway running parallel with Molonglo River, suburb Fyshwick, Canberra railway station||1969 - 1969|
|AWM54||244/2/19||[Demolitions - Schemes:] Demolition Schedule Queensland: Road Block Mines, 2 Corps Engineer Officers||1939 - 1945|
|PP872/1||MKM34538||COTTON, Phillip Rodney - Service Number - A22507||1954 - 1962|
|B337||490||Marks, Paul||1960 - 1961|
|A6980||S250916||Special Interdepartmental Committee on Counter Terrorism Working Group on Travel Intelligence||1975 - 1982|
|A2539||B1989/153||Brief for the Timor Gap Zone of Cooperation Heads of Delegations Negotiations in Jakarta - 15 October 1989||1989 - 1989|
|F627||AL389||Agricultural Lease 389 - Block 151 Katherine River Ag Area||1931 - 1945|
|A1209||1962/703||Geneva conference on Vietnam, 1962||1962 - 1962|
|A1928||1110/15||Para Typhoid Fevers Salmonella||1947 - 1947|