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|
|A295||55||Contract for supply and delivery of lift cars at Commonwealth Bank in Perth||1932 - 1932|
|C139||MX234697||RIMMER, John Henry [Repatriation medical case file] [1.5cm; box 7108]||1939 - 1959|
|A432||1985/17017||Visit to Australia of Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, 1986||1986 - 1986|
|K26||MX1414 VOL 2||ALEXANDER Joshua Emmanuel WX12873||1963 - 1987|
|ST5416/1||200/31/AJASS||ASW Committee (Australia) [Box 4]||1952 - 1970|
|M4797||18||Correspondence||01 Aug 1980 - 30 Oct 1980|
|P107||HB7377 PART 1||CAVANAGH, Doris||1990 - 1991|
|AWM54||179/1/14 PART 1||[Chemical Warfare - General:] Chemical Warfare and Smoke Intelligence Bulletins, prepared by General Headquarters India, General Staff Branch, MI Directorate, Meerut [Part 1 of 7]||1944 - 1945|
|K26||MX43200||Newton Edward Gerlach [RAAF NO. 85772, DOE 2/3/1945]||1947 - 1985|
|PP681/1||HKM39140||HOMER, John - Service Number - 1/3147||1971 - 1979|
|C5018||[38 HORNSBY]||TITLE: Hornsby, Mt Wilga Rehabilitation Centre CATEGORY: photograph FORMAT: 27 colour negatives, 5 colour prints, 1 file STATUS: preservation material||1979 - 1979|
|A1838||201/10/1 PART 47||South Africa - Relations with Australia||1978 - 1978|
|R52||O 7 B||British Phosphate Commissioners engineering files - Nauru, Ocean Island, Christmas Island - sundry buildings and equipment - equipment [1 folder of 6 pages]||1969 - 1977|
|C153||WHOLE SERIES||[Veteran's Affairs] Personal case files, single number series with 'NX' prefix (New Zealand Pensioners, 1939-1945 War)||1939 - 1995|
|A10842||VOLUME 2||Registers of citizenship by descent - Register of births - No 76 Kuala Lumpur (Malaya)||1967 - 1975|
|A2487||1921/4409||[Application for living allowance - M Pethybridge - Passage to Australia for L S R Wood]||1920 - 1921|
|A1928||1023/58||Staff Permanent N.S.W. Dr. H.M. Abey||1934 - 1934|
|AWM54||244/2/26 PART 2||[Demolitions - Schemes:] Correspondence, instructions, plans and reports in connection with the preparation of demolition charges by the Volunteer Defence Corps in the Maryborough Area [Part 2 of 15]||1942 - 1943|
|A4624||CERBERUS 31/3/1944 PART 1||Ships Ledger HMAS CERBERUS Quarter Ending: 31/3/1944 part 1||1944 - 1944|
|A3963||S8/2/1||Natural Gas. Enquiries by Royal Commission||1976 - 1976|