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|
|A7363||10||Draft report - chairman's||Oct 1982 - Oct 1982|
|A1838||861/7/9||International Refugee Organisation - Executive Committee - Ninth Session||1951 - 1951|
|C139||MX317678||Stanley Joseph Eden [Repatriation file] (Box 40558)||1941 - 1984|
|A7452||A155 PART 2||Intelligence activities [Portion of title exempt]||1981 - 1982|
|A5803||1||Inquiry into Policies & Programs for Advancement of Aboriginal & Island People - Transcript - private briefing||07 Jun 1973 - 07 Jun 1973|
|A1928||1016/3||Staff Institute of Anatomy E. Macleay||1925 - 1943|
|A518||624/1/87||Norfolk Island Staff - Fitzpatrick, P L||1951 - 1952|
|A12974||G 7.9 PART 2||General Administration Files - 38th Parliament - Foreign Currency Loans||14 May 1979 - 02 May 1997|
|A13147||NSR 394||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (Industrial Lighting) Regulations. Order Under Regulation 5||18 Jan 1943 - 18 Jan 1943|
|SP1122/1||N64/45874||Pitsios, Rigas [Greek migrant; immigration file] [Box 9234]||1978 - 1978|
|A1838||720/5/1/1/1 PART 7||United Kingdom - Safeguards agreement with Australia - Negotiating history||1979 - 1979|
|D1915||SA5469||VOM BERG Moritz and Johanne - enquiry re passports||1938 - 1954|
|A6980||S200569||CILLI Domenico||1940 - 1967|
|E72||DL211||The Attorney Generals Department - Crown Solicitors Office Alice Springs - The King v. Briston||1928 - 1928|
|A816||19/310/167||Soviet and satellite war potential 1953-1956||1953 - 1953|
|A1838||TS100/2/2||[Title exempt]||1954 - 1983|
|AWM54||179/5/13||[Chemical Warfare - Trials:] Chemical Defence Research Department. Report on the Chemistry and Toxicology of certain compounds, 1940||1940 - 1940|
|A432||1932/502||Sales Tax. Roberts Mance - facturing Co. Ltd. Contract entered into prior to 16.7.30||1932 - 1932|
|A446||1970/87195||VALTER Antonio born 21 August 1928||1962 - 1977|
|A10756||LC1927||[title exempt] [Submission No. 2246 refers]||10 May 1978 - 30 Aug 1978|