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
A13147 NSR 342 National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - Statutory Rules 1941, No 218-223, 225-234, 245, 249, 252-256, 259, 262, 263, 265-283, 286-304, 314-318, 320-326 03 Sep 1941 - 30 Dec 1941
A6126 662 BALZI, Gildo 01 Jan 1800 - 01 Jan 1800
C138 H67600 PRIDMORE, George Henry [Repatriation hospital case file] [Box 5285] 1963 - 1969
MT99/2 1944/531 Staff - Barnes A L F 3rd Grade Diver 1943 - 1945
A1928 1181/62/3 SECTION 1 Overseas travelling Fellowships Carnegie Section 1. 1946 - 1947
A1838 762/2 PART 4 Hong Kong - Reports on economic developments 1979 - 1981
A12812 178 Inquiry into Bonegilla - Construction of a Multi-Denominational Chapel - Coloured photos attached to Department of Transport and Construction and correspondence 02 Jul 1982 - 13 Jan 1983
K1255 DON3-36 MV "Cape Don" Stowage of survey launch 1978 - 1978
D1915 SA3405 PAPPAGALLO Francisco - admission of relative 1933 - 1951
B741 V/11446 Richard Patrick Dowling and Joseph E. Dowling 1933 - 1934
A2487 1922/911 [Medical report - Denis Horan] 1921 - 1922
AWM54 179/2/9 [Chemical Warfare - Training:] Chemical warfare training overseas and in Australia 1941 - 1955
C4177 TO8934 Myambat NSW Explosive Storehouse Project 1985 - 1991
A1838 49/2/1/1 PART 10 Portugal - Foreign policy - Portuguese Timor 1977 - 1980
C139 MX60483 George William GUTHRIE [Repatriation medical case file] [box 12519] 1941 - 1982
A292 C24002 PART 5 Cartage of sand and gravel to sandwash 1952 - 1953
A816 37/301/423 Report on visit abroad - March to May 1957 by Director JIB, Melbourne 1957 - 1957
B3841 2 Record of Judicial Proceedings: Enemy P.W. 1945 - 1946
K60 HKM32782 BURGESS-LLOYD, David Allan - Service Number - 40600, 05802 1968 - 1984
F504 14 Census 1933-District M (Newcastle Waters) 1932 - 1933