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|
|A13147||NSR 409||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Reg 53 (DK.1-74)||09 Feb 1943 - 26 Feb 1943|
|PP872/1||MKM29952||LAUGHLAN, Matthew - Service Number - 15996||1948 - 1957|
|A13141||FOC7 (6)||Senate Select Committee on Foreign Ownership and Control of Australian Resources - Correspondence - Commonwealth Departments||Mar 1972 - Jan 1974|
|A1838||233/9/1 PART 4||Cuba - Relations with Australia||1976 - 1978|
|AWM304||276||[1 Psychological Operations Unit (1 Psy Ops) - unregistered item] - Example leaflet 042 - Victory||1970 - 1970|
|A1533||1967/2388||MILLER, Bert Spencer||1967 - 1972|
|A4243||57||Tioscipe Australia Pty. Ltd.||1974 - 1976|
|A1838||816/2/3 PART 10||USSR [Union of Soviet Socialist Republics] - Reports on economic development - Food and agriculture||1974 - 1976|
|K60||HKM34936 VOLUME 2||GLASKIN, Gilbert Henry - Service Number - W47892, WX42370, 5/9025||1982 - 1986|
|B73||R13852||STANTON, Frederick William||1917 - 1929|
|MP729/8||4/431/33||Cartidges ML 3-in Mortar||1947 - 1947|
|A1838||714/3/5 PART 6||Review of Strategic Export Control Policy Towards Indonesia||1969 - 1972|
|PP946/1||MKM39655||WHITLEY, Patrick Alphonsus - Service Number - 52601||1953 - 1991|
|B26||HX138755||LUCAS, Rex Lloyd||13 Dec 1980 - 18 Mar 1993|
|A1838||626/11/27 PART 4||Post liaison and guidance - Post files Hong Kong||1981 - 1984|
|A6135||K7/3/84/301||Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Dance - Corroboree at Ayers Rock||1984 - 1984|
|A6717||A111||Appointment of an additional assistant Trade Commissioner in Tokyo||1964 - 1964|
|A13141||FOC19||Senate Select Committee on Foreign Ownership and Control of Australian Resources - Draft Report - Inquiry into AIDC and NIF Bills April 1974||10 Dec 1971 - 04 Mar 1975|
|A13883||202/2/3||Singapore constitution - talks - London - May 1958||27 Mar 1958 - 02 Jul 1959|
|AWM54||179/5/8 PART 20||[Chemical Warfare - Trials:] Munitions Supply Laboratories. Abstract reports indexed in records of Chemical Defence Board [Part 20 of 23]||1945 - 1945|