Closed access

Overview

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?

14370

closed files

on 1 January 2016
28

reasons

why these files have been closed
58

years

is the average age of these files
based on their date of their earliest content
1128

series

contain closed files

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!

Here's some examples…

Series Control Symbol Title Contents dates
D2952 PL139/1980 Thevenard - New Gang compound - Construction and maintenance - and proposed Male/Female toilet for Institute building and new compound [Sketch of site plan, Sketch of southern elevation, Sketch of AN Institute toilet block design, Plan of Thevenard - AN Institute proposed toilet block for Institute hall - Scale 1:100 and site plan - Scale 1;500, Sketch of design/layout of Male and Female toilet block, Drawing number X82/1 - Thevenard - New Gang compound and new toilet for Gang and Institute - Site Plan - Scale 1:100, Drawing number X82/2 - Thevenard - Male/Female toilet for Institute Hall and Gang - Details showing: [1} Framework view A-A - Scale 1:20, [2] View B-B - Scale 1:20 [3] Plumbing plan - Scale 1:50 [4] Foundation plan - Scale 1:50 [5] Plan of toilet area - Scale 1:20, Drawing number X80/10 - Thevenard - New compound for AWU Gang and Perway Gang - Scale 1:480, Drawing number Y80/3 - Thevenard - New Gang compound - Shed layouts and details - Scale 1:100] 1980 - 1986
A1838 919/8/11/7 PART 8 Nuclear - Chemical warfare - Iran Iraq 1984 - 1984
AWM54 179/1/19 PART 22 [Chemical Warfare - General:] Intelligence Summaries, Apr 1944 [Part 22 of 35] 1944 - 1944
E747 W1 Department of Aboriginal Affairs Alice Springs - Welfare General 1956 - 1957
A12812 27 Inquiry into East Sydney telephone exchange - Statement of evidence, originating papers, correspondence, unnumbered submissions, briefing papers, final report, tabling details, approval of work 31 Aug 1972 - 15 Feb 1978
A13147 NSR 428 National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Reg 53 (DO.1); Reg 54 (DO.2-43); Reg 55 (DO.44-47) 30 Jan 1943 - 23 Feb 1943
A1209 1976/622 PART 4 Development of the Blair Athol Coal Project 1981 - 1981
A6135 K30/11/72/22 Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Oenberna burial ground 1972 - 1972
E1477 LC 39 : EXHIBIT NO 58 Finniss River Land Claim - Dr Sutton's Report 1980 - 1980
MP287/1 3233/7 De Havilland request Airscrew Data for Aircraft fitted with Cyclone R.2600 engines. 1943 - 1943
M1827 101 [Sir Harry Gibbs (Chief Justice, High Court of Australia)] Correspondence with universities, law schools 06 Apr 1972 - 07 Aug 1986
A1838 854/10/26 PART 15 Chinese Representation in the United Nations & Recognition of the Chinese People's Republic 1961 - 1961
E72 D13455/2 [Portion of Title Expunged] Downie Jill McPherson - Fullerton J Mc P and S A 1963 - 1963
MP729/8 5/431/56 5.25 in Remote Power Control Gear 1947 - 1949
A12987 S88 Senate Select Committee on Medical and Hospital Costs - Submissions No 3 of 3 Bundles - The Queensland Sub-Normal Children's Welfare Association Jun 1968 - Dec 1968
A6122 563 CPA [Communist Party of Australia] - Committees NSW [New South Wales] - School Committee 1949 - 1949
A10872 100/1/1 PART 1 Australian Service : Charter and Functions, Part 1 [Australian Secret Intelligence Service, ASIS] 1952 - 1957
M1827 73 [Sir Harry Gibbs (Chief Justice, High Court of Australia)] Remuneration Tribunal (from 1983) [File 3] 05 Dec 1983 - 19 Mar 1986
A1945 48/1/1 Unknown 1928 - 1982
A6980 S250758 Black September - terrorist activity - Part 2 1973 - 1973