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|
|A10028||225/2 PART 5||China's relations and attitudes to other countries - world powers - USA||1975 - 1976|
|D363||HB23345 PART 3||PALMER, Vera Margaret beneficiary of PALMER, Roy Harold - Service Number - 51838||1989 - 1995|
|K60||HKM38106 VOLUME 5||WIGLEY, Thomas Arthur - Service Number - A51056||1986 - 1988|
|NTAC1980/442||9||1977 Rating Plans for Northern Suburbs and Book on Darwin Lots - 74 and 77 UCV'S||1977 - 1977|
|A2090||12||Box of personal index cards titled between Crumley and Davin||1916 - 1950|
|A4080||NN||Australian Post Office Commission of Inquiry Secretariat Sweden, Vol 2||1973 - 1973|
|A1838||100/6/1/8||Visit of representative of foreign service [imposed title, original title wholly exempt]||1956 - 1956|
|A1838||1586/19 PART 3||[Legal representation in New Hebrides to contest land at Port Sandwich in which Commonwealth has beneficial ownership] - No front cover||1951 - 1961|
|PP946/1||MKM33671 VOLUME 1||O'NEILL, Patrick - Service Number - WX500969, 5/400019||1946 - 1963|
|A2487||1921/10585||[Representations from Harry Cox]||1921 - 1921|
|A432||1930/1473||Unemployment Relief Act, Queensland. Whether exempt employees of Commonwealth are liable to tax.||1930 - 1930|
|A6980||S203644||SALEMI Ingazio - Part 3||1976 - 1977|
|A1838||48/1/3/12 PART 2||Poland - Foreign policy - Relations with Australia - Contingency measures||1981 - 1981|
|A3092||221/11/11/2 PART 3B||Malaysia||01 Feb 1964 - 07 Feb 1964|
|C4076||HN16026 PART B||Collector Post Office||1984 - 1984|
|B741||V/1158||[J.L. Grande. Money owed for Repatriation of Wife and Family]||1925 - 1928|
|A1838||189/11/107 PART 1||Pakistan - Relations with Burma||1949 - 1978|
|M1256||1977A PART 3||[Personal Papers of Prime Minister Fraser] Correspondence '1977A' [relating to Australian Union of Students, manufacturing industry etc, includes 'Proposal for the Founding of a Commonwealth and Western European Economic Plan' by Robert K Andrew (UK, September 1974)]||14 Jun 1977 - 24 Aug 1977|
|A1209||1958/5793||Sino - Indian relations||1958 - 1958|
|A1838||160/11/161 PART 1||Ceylon - Relations with United States of America||1948 - 1963|