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 471||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Reg 53 (BX.1-2); Reg 54 (BX.3-85); Reg 55 (BX.86-90)||07 Sep 1942 - 26 Sep 1942|
|E72||DL2348||Byrne, Leo John [Portion of Title Expunged] Barbara||1953 - 1953|
|A3962||T2/1||Forecasts of Petroleum Products Consumption||1972 - 1974|
|A1838||3127/1/1 PART 6||Korea - Internal general - Republic of Korea economy||1976 - 1978|
|A705||55/1/702||Recommendations from Northern Command for immediate and periodical operational awards quarter ending 30/9/44||1944 - 1944|
|K26||MX72595||John Luke HANNAGAN||1940 - 1989|
|A1838||3027/10/1 PART 14||Malaysia - Political Relations with Australia||1971 - 1972|
|A3411||48||South-East Asia Treaty Organisation. Second Meeting of the Council of Ministers held at Karachi (from 6-8 March 1956)||1956 - 1956|
|A1533||1954/1143||BRION, Mario [4 pages]||1954 - 1954|
|A1200||L64307||Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Tribal - Aboriginal made up for corroboree CATEGORY: Photograph PRINCIPAL CREDIT: Australian News and Information Bureau FORMAT: b&w negative TYPE: cellulose acetate STATUS: preservation material||1967 - 1967|
|D2952||PL49/1979||Port Lincoln - A.F.U.L.E. complaint regarding non-metallic Brake Blocks||1979 - 1979|
|PP18/1||RKM32055||LEE, James Richard - Service Number - WP37162, 5/602||1951 - 1951|
|A13147||NSR 270||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (Timber Control) Regulations. Control of Timber Order No 1-14||23 Mar 1942 - 20 Aug 1945|
|D618||CA977 PART 6||Adelaide airport SA - terminal building extensions by contract||1970 - 1970|
|D4082||SA12-2/PS PART 3||Maintenance of patients in Hillcrest Hospital||1970 - 1973|
|A12384||K/15||[title exempt]||1974 - 1976|
|PP645/1||M12935||Harold Roy Okely||1916 - 1978|
|A2487||1922/7031||[Legal opinion about possibility of a prosecution]||1922 - 1922|
|A12385||SAI/12||[portion of title exempt] - Correspondence||1975 - 1976|
|A13147||NSR 277||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - Stevedoring Industry Commission. Order No 37-41, 45-59, 65-78||07 Jan 1944 - 30 Nov 1944|