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|
|A7073||J334/1 PART 5||Anonymous information||1979 - 1980|
|A1838||3127/2/1 PART 7A||Korea - Political - General||1962 - 1962|
|AWM291||R659/3/2||Provost Unit - Police - Military - SIB [Special Investigation Branch] Investigations||Jan 1971 - Aug 1971|
|A13147||NSR 461||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Reg 53 & 55 (F.1); Reg 54 (F.2-9)||13 Jul 1940 - 29 Jul 1940|
|A518||CD824/1||Acquisition of properties by Administration - Custodian of Expropriated Property||1948 - 1955|
|MP304/2||TEL1933/561||Interference with programme transmission lines and plant||1933 - 1933|
|A2090||34||Box of personal index cards titled between McGillick and McLay||1916 - 1950|
|K1109||WA79/1828/A1/FOLDER 42||Rottnest Island - Kingston Barracks sewerage system||1979 - 1979|
|A816||48/302/16||Paul Jacklin||1940 - 1941|
|MP304/1||1934/2244||E.J. Ford - Retirement because of invalidity||1934 - 1934|
|D2952||PL10/1981||Darke Peak - EWS water pipe under railway||1981 - 1984|
|A10156||302||The China Navigation Company Limited versus the yacht BUAJA||1973 - 1974|
|MP1/1||2/107/185||Minutes of meeting of Bread Industry Review Committee||1946 - 1946|
|A13147||NSR 442||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Reg 4 (FM 1-2); Reg 5 (FM 3); Reg 54 (FM 4-76); Reg 55 (FM 77-78)||15 Dec 1943 - 14 Jan 1944|
|AWM54||179/1/20 PART 8||[Chemical Warfare - General:] Australian Military Forces: Technical Notes and Staff Notes - Chemical Warfare, Dec 1944 [Part 8 of 19]||1944 - 1944|
|K60||MKM37389||BYLES, Henry Thomas - Service Number - R45740||1951 - 1988|
|A10311||VOLUME 1||Registers of citizenship by descent - birth registers (Paris)||1974 - 1990|
|A3092||221/11/9 PART 21||Indonesia||19 Oct 1960 - 13 Dec 1960|
|D2952||CR809/1979||Edillilie - Pipe and cable under railway account Telecom Australia [51.553km, Telecom Australia Proposal number W548 - Edillilie excavation under railway - Hundred of Mortlock, Series identification to be confirmed]||1979 - 1979|
|A2539||B1988/123||Brief for the Timor Gap Officials Talks in Jakarta - 3-4 September 1988||1988 - 1988|