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|
|C139||MX225322||Jack Reginald PYE [Repatriation medical case file] [Box 53580]||1943 - 1945|
|D1915||SA2460||FACARIS Basilios Alexander - naturalization||1930 - 1947|
|A1838||3107/40/161 PART 39||China - Relations with USA||1976 - 1977|
|A1838||3107/38/14 PART 12||China - Relations with Australia - Briefing material||1978 - 1979|
|A5897||401/2||ANZUK - Intelligence Organization.||1971 - 1972|
|D4082||WB351||Marie Carmel Merridy||1963 - 1971|
|A1838||688/9/3||SEACDT [South East Asia Collective Defence Treaty] - Counter subversion - Burma - Special branch training||1955 - 1957|
|M4545||2||Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs - February 1983 to October 1983||Feb 1982 - 04 Oct 1983|
|PP864/1||M16652||MUNDAY, William George - Service Number - 1083||1918 - 1959|
|A1928||682/8 SECTION 5||Munitions Medical Services Relations with Controller of Welfare and Department of Labour & National Service. Section 5.||1947 - 1949|
|B741||V/706||[P. Grierson. Whereabouts]||1924 - 1926|
|PP946/1||HKM39599||GREGORY, John Barrington - Service Number - 36779||1978 - 1979|
|A1928||705/37||Navigation Act & Regulations Treatment of B. Helm, S.S. Mataram||1930 - 1930|
|A1200||L86495||Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Tribal - Dancers perform at corroboree near Darwin||1970 - 1970|
|A425||1970/5264||Cuba/Communist China economic relations||1965 - 1965|
|D4091||N/1/28||New South Wales Case Files - Edward James MURRAY: N/1/37 Statement of witness (name suppressed) 25/2/1988 [Box 8]||1988 - 1988|
|A1838||TS181/1/4||Middle East. Joint Intelligence Weekly Review of Middle East||1956 - 1961|
|E72||D3193||[Portion of Title Expunged] Kevin John Purdy - Gloria Purdy||1954 - 1956|
|ST2228/1||BOX 3||[Heavy projectile manufacture]||1957 - 1957|
|A9737||1992/13236||Law of the Sea - Coral Sea Islands ( including Cato Island )||18 May 1944 - 30 Jun 1992|