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|
|A1533||1956/2234||ERIKSEN, William Christian [0.5cm]||1956 - 1956|
|A705||55/1/791||Recommendations from NW Area for Immediate and Periodical operational awards quarter ending 30/6/45||1945 - 1945|
|CP548/1||240||Bread. Rockhampton||1946 - 1946|
|AP214/15||VOLUME 2||Members of crews signed off or deserted at Port Adelaide (includes deserters at outports) 7 January 1944 to 12 November 1955||1944 - 1955|
|A1928||290/8 SECTION 2||Drugs and Medicines Morphia and other narcotic drugs - supplies to local medical practitioners Sect. 2.||1928 - 1942|
|A7452||A103 PART 1||Prohibition of certain Sigint activities - "Nationality Rules"||1980 - 1984|
|A432||1984/16214||Commonwealth versus Fairfax and Toohey - 1983 High Court Proceedings - Affidavits||1984 - 1985|
|M3357||RJC85/109||Industry Review - notes of meetings 1986||1986 - 1986|
|F1||1958/480||State Childrens' Council Shaw Family||1958 - 1959|
|A11235||64/1||Senate Journals - 64th Session of Parliament - Volume 1 containing Journal No. 1 (8 May 1990) to Journal No. 59 (21 December 1990)||1990 - 1990|
|PP913/1||RX646 VOLUME 1||Frederick Willison||1941 - 1957|
|D3185||156||Torrens Island Quarantine Station photograph 156 - [rash on arms and hands]||1924 - 1945|
|K60||MKM34936||GLASKIN, Gilbert Henry - Service Number - W47892, WX42370, 5/9025||1951 - 1986|
|AWM239||171||RAN Medical Officers' Journal: PENGUIN (1 July - 31 December 1941)||1941 - 1941|
|A816||66/301/48A||Recommendations for Award of British Empire medal AMF New Year Honours 1944 1945||1943 - 1944|
|A13147||NSR 89||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (Building Operations) Regulations. Building Operations||01 Jun 1944 - 06 Dec 1944|
|AWM239||51||RAN Medical Officers' Journal: CERBERUS (1 January 1939 - 31 December 1940)||1939 - 1940|
|E72||D9938/6||[Portion of Title Expunged] Joanne May - Mr and Mrs Yates||1961 - 1961|
|B741||V/11262||Wm [William] R. Wright.||1933 - 1933|
|A10311||VOLUME 5||Registers of citizenship by descent - birth registers (Paris)||1974 - 1990|