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|
|A4477||WHOLE SERIES||Name index cards for personal benefit case files and correspondence files with alphabetical prefixes (A-G) Ministerial Representations from Members of the House of Representatives and Federal Departments.||1951 - 1974|
|A1838||3038/2/1 PART 25||Portuguese Timor - Political and General||1982 - 1982|
|A1838||3034/7/8/2 PART 3||Indonesia - Territorial waters - Straits||1972 - 1980|
|A7322||53||General administrative files - Defence Sub-Committee - Briefing papers - Defence force structure - Navy||02 May 1980 - 12 Dec 1983|
|B2111||EST 13 PART 2||Dance Band||1942 - 1945|
|A5897||142/1||Intelligence - Military UK/US Int Exchange.||1963 - 1967|
|A6135||K29/11/72/12||Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Oenberna burial ground, Arnhemland||1972 - 1972|
|A2487||1922/7806||[Mrs Rubee MacLennon - Request for assistance]||1922 - 1922|
|MP729/6||39/401/525||AEME Workshop Installation in Eastern Australia||1943 - 1943|
|K26||MX20585 VOL 2||William Francis Burrows||1955 - 1963|
|PP872/1||MKM33719||CORKERY, Keith Ralph - Service Number - 5/400114||1953 - 1958|
|AWM54||179/3/5||[Chemical Warfare - Types of Agents:] Captured Materiel Technical Report No 13 - "German Lachrymatory Grenade or Candle", by 41st Chemical Laboratory Company, Oct 1944||1944 - 1944|
|PP946/1||MKM33968||CASSIDY, James Robert Mcgowan - Service Number - WX11323||1941 - 1979|
|PP860/1||MX21216||SYME William W243773 WX33389||1940 - 1983|
|A6135||K4/11/83/8||Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Tribal - Aboriginals on Bathurst Island decorated for corroboree (by N. McLeod)||1983 - 1983|
|A432||1930/1427||Territory for the Seat of Govt. Motor Traffic Ordinance 1926-27. Barton's Motor Omnibus Service||1930 - 1930|
|A3963||S6/13||I.C.I. Australia Ltd.||1974 - 1975|
|D362||MX5813||Charles John||1952 - 1958|
|B26||MX31085 PART 1||RICHEY, Arthur Clarence||1940 - 1994|
|PP913/1||MX54239||Frederick John Hatcher||1914 - 1960|