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|
|D2952||PL139/1980||Thevenard - New Gang compound - Construction and maintenance - and proposed Male/Female toilet for Institute building and new compound [Sketch of site plan, Sketch of southern elevation, Sketch of AN Institute toilet block design, Plan of Thevenard - AN Institute proposed toilet block for Institute hall - Scale 1:100 and site plan - Scale 1;500, Sketch of design/layout of Male and Female toilet block, Drawing number X82/1 - Thevenard - New Gang compound and new toilet for Gang and Institute - Site Plan - Scale 1:100, Drawing number X82/2 - Thevenard - Male/Female toilet for Institute Hall and Gang - Details showing: [1} Framework view A-A - Scale 1:20,  View B-B - Scale 1:20  Plumbing plan - Scale 1:50  Foundation plan - Scale 1:50  Plan of toilet area - Scale 1:20, Drawing number X80/10 - Thevenard - New compound for AWU Gang and Perway Gang - Scale 1:480, Drawing number Y80/3 - Thevenard - New Gang compound - Shed layouts and details - Scale 1:100]||1980 - 1986|
|A1838||919/8/11/7 PART 8||Nuclear - Chemical warfare - Iran Iraq||1984 - 1984|
|AWM54||179/1/19 PART 22||[Chemical Warfare - General:] Intelligence Summaries, Apr 1944 [Part 22 of 35]||1944 - 1944|
|E747||W1||Department of Aboriginal Affairs Alice Springs - Welfare General||1956 - 1957|
|A12812||27||Inquiry into East Sydney telephone exchange - Statement of evidence, originating papers, correspondence, unnumbered submissions, briefing papers, final report, tabling details, approval of work||31 Aug 1972 - 15 Feb 1978|
|A13147||NSR 428||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Reg 53 (DO.1); Reg 54 (DO.2-43); Reg 55 (DO.44-47)||30 Jan 1943 - 23 Feb 1943|
|A1209||1976/622 PART 4||Development of the Blair Athol Coal Project||1981 - 1981|
|A6135||K30/11/72/22||Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Oenberna burial ground||1972 - 1972|
|E1477||LC 39 : EXHIBIT NO 58||Finniss River Land Claim - Dr Sutton's Report||1980 - 1980|
|MP287/1||3233/7||De Havilland request Airscrew Data for Aircraft fitted with Cyclone R.2600 engines.||1943 - 1943|
|M1827||101||[Sir Harry Gibbs (Chief Justice, High Court of Australia)] Correspondence with universities, law schools||06 Apr 1972 - 07 Aug 1986|
|A1838||854/10/26 PART 15||Chinese Representation in the United Nations & Recognition of the Chinese People's Republic||1961 - 1961|
|E72||D13455/2||[Portion of Title Expunged] Downie Jill McPherson - Fullerton J Mc P and S A||1963 - 1963|
|MP729/8||5/431/56||5.25 in Remote Power Control Gear||1947 - 1949|
|A12987||S88||Senate Select Committee on Medical and Hospital Costs - Submissions No 3 of 3 Bundles - The Queensland Sub-Normal Children's Welfare Association||Jun 1968 - Dec 1968|
|A6122||563||CPA [Communist Party of Australia] - Committees NSW [New South Wales] - School Committee||1949 - 1949|
|A10872||100/1/1 PART 1||Australian Service : Charter and Functions, Part 1 [Australian Secret Intelligence Service, ASIS]||1952 - 1957|
|M1827||73||[Sir Harry Gibbs (Chief Justice, High Court of Australia)] Remuneration Tribunal (from 1983) [File 3]||05 Dec 1983 - 19 Mar 1986|
|A1945||48/1/1||Unknown||1928 - 1982|
|A6980||S250758||Black September - terrorist activity - Part 2||1973 - 1973|