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|
|AWM279||3/7 PART 2||Australian Task Force - Standing Operating Procedures for Operations in Vietnam||1971 - 1971|
|A1838||3100/2/3 PART 2||SRD - Special Regional Developments - Insurgency - Malaysia||1973 - 1974|
|A703||564/13/76 PART 1||Maritime surveillance of Indian Ocean - Policy.||1969 - 1971|
|F941||1970/203||"Tiwi Talkabout" (Snake Bay) [ Community Newspaper ]||1970 - 1971|
|B26||HX190986 PART 1||DEANS, Noel Edward||1942 - 1971|
|B73||M115019||Wilson, George||1953 - 1970|
|A9737||1990/3740||USSR - Foreign Policy - Antarctic Claim||01 Jul 1986 - 12 Nov 1991|
|A1838||3034/2/5/1 PART 6||Indonesia - Political - Chinese minority||1980 - 1981|
|A12983||11||Inquiry into Meat Industry - Transcripts - Canberra x 3||30 Oct 1973 - 05 Apr 1974|
|PP926/1||MX63226||William Heitland Godby||1941 - 1974|
|M1268||94||[Personal Papers of Prime Minister Fraser] Expenditure 1977 [includes papers relating to Commonwealth programs in education, environment, housing etc]||02 Nov 1977 - 13 Dec 1977|
|A13014||F.6.1||Follow up on Committee Reports - Footprints in the Sand||01 May 1986 - 28 May 1987|
|A88||8||Glass plate negative photograph of Lord Howe Island - Silhouette of islands in sea||1914 - 1915|
|A425||C1989/7341||Australia - USA Exchange Of Notes In Relation To Space Vehicle Tracking And Communication Facilities||1989 - 1989|
|A659||1939/1/8819||Lathom, Mrs M - Passport||1926 - 1939|
|A2487||1922/7766||[Assistance to Constance Henderson]||1922 - 1922|
|J2937||G56/17 PART 3||Moorooka - Group 25 - RQ - Development - Defence Service Homes Corporation||1970 - 1976|
|D4082||AO26||John Neale||1967 - 1971|
|A8746||KN29/11/72/23||Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Tribal - Timothy Wagbara at the entrance to Oenberna burial ground||1972 - 1972|
|K60||MSR39104 VOLUME 2||HALSE, Ronald Munro - Service Number - 53360, QX3034||1978 - 1988|