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|
|D4106||51||Northern Territory General Exhibits - Mental Health Act - Annual Report||1989 - 1989|
|K60||HBKM33857 VOLUME 1||HARRIS[aka MCLEISH], Maureen Delys beneficiary of MCLEISH, George - Service Number - 2/10421||1975 - 1979|
|A432||1960/2127||Article in Radical Journal, University of Western Australia Labour Club - Crimes Act Sections 70, 79, 86(b)||01 Jan 1800 - 01 Jan 1800|
|C1748||ABORIGINES/L8600||TITLE: Bone pointer CATEGORY: photograph PRINCIPAL CREDIT: photographer G Crib FORMAT: b&w print TYPE: silver gelatin STATUS: preservation material||01 Jan 1947 - 31 Dec 1947|
|D4082||AO458||Alistair||1973 - 1973|
|A1209||1968/8065 PART 2||Cambodia/South Vietnam relations 1968||1968 - 1968|
|ST2228/1||BOX 13||Book 1 of 3 Gauges||1962 - 1963|
|A1838||73/1/3 ANNEX||Yugoslavia - Relations with Australia||1968 - 1968|
|A518||BP118/12||Nauru - Staff - Rowe, E M - Nurse||1940 - 1946|
|B2539||VH/TFG PART 2||Fokker F27 - Defects - Trans Australia Airlines||22 Feb 1971 - 24 May 1978|
|MP287/1||1412/4||National Motor Springs: Application from for loan of Centreless Grinding Machines.||1942 - 1942|
|ST5416/1||200/65/AJASS||Reports by officers on exchange duties/visits [Box 9]||1964 - 1970|
|A13147||NSR 193||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (Supplementary) Regulations. Schedule of State Orders. Regulation 60||29 May 1942 - 21 Sep 1945|
|A7452||A112||Economic and commercial Sigint - ONA report||1980 - 1982|
|A2487||1920/6028||[Robert Johnston Manson - Recovery of passage money]||1919 - 1920|
|A13147||NSR 4||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Reg 53 (EL.1); Reg 54 (EL.2-93); Reg 55 (EL.94-100)||29 Apr 1943 - 19 Jun 1943|
|A13147||NSR 124||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Reg 4 (HP 1-5)||27 Feb 1945 - 27 Feb 1945|
|A1838||3044/2/9 PART 1||Christmas Island - Treatment in Singapore of hospital patients and prisoners||1959 - 1971|
|A3978||STRACZEK J H||Officers (RAN) personal record - Straczek, Jozeph Henry||1978 - 2005|
|MP287/1||4557/1||Production executive agenda & decisions||1945 - 1945|