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|
|A7695||8||Various Inquiries: 1982-1986 - Inquiry into provision of 106 houses - HMAS Stirling, WA - Correspondence, Terms of reference, Submissions, Briefing papers, Unnumbered Supplementary submissions||17 Jun 1977 - 01 Jul 1983|
|C4076||HN6123||Kearsley Post Office and garage||1986 - 1986|
|A10122||D/37||Cabinet Papers - implementation of 200 mile fishing zone off the Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT||1979 - 1979|
|A518||852/1/916||Amoore, Reginald Henry - New Guinea Staff [3 pages]||1943 - 1943|
|B741||V/22289||Granz Wilhelm Degen||1939 - 1946|
|A7452||A268||Alleged breach of security [Portion of title exempt]||1982 - 1985|
|A1838||3107/38/14 PART 20||China - Relations with Australia - Briefing material||1980 - 1981|
|K26||MX34335||George Thomas Poland||1945 - 1963|
|F504||16||Census 1933 - District O (Rankine River)||1933 - 1933|
|A1928||1020/152||Staff-permanent. Victoria-serum labs. Ross, A.R.||1929 - 1943|
|PP866/1||M11048||CUNNINGHAM, Edward Joseph - Service Number - 2461||1916 - 1964|
|PP911/1||RX57006||WARD Henry Hutchinson 3086 & W27694||1914 - 1968|
|A3959||A3/13||A.D. Little (London) Despatch of Documents||1974 - 1976|
|D4082||WB631||Vinko Vujevic||1965 - 1966|
|A3968||EXHIBIT 265||Mobil - Purchase Land & Develop Boronia West, Vic. Cnr Boronia & SCORESBY Rds.||1971 - 1972|
|D3185||145||Torrens Island Quarantine Station photograph 145 - medical student assisting in Pauls test - [portion of title exempt] early pustules and vesicular rash 24 April 1926 (Pauls test performed)||1926 - 1926|
|A452||1971/1990||Review of functions, placement and organisation of the Police Special Branch - Papua New Guinea [4cms]||1971 - 1971|
|A4243||14||Wander (Australia) Pty Ltd||1974 - 1976|
|A1838||169/11/161 PART 13||India - Relations with United States of America||1972 - 01 Jan 1800|
|A1838||3034/4/5/5||Indonesia - Rice||1951 - 1965|