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|
|A7936||B/19/1 PART 2||Codewords and nicknames||1952 - 1977|
|A1838||3016/11/116 PART 26||Cambodia - Relations with Thailand||1987 - 1989|
|A6122||766||Communist Party of Australia - NSW Star Branch||1949 - 1949|
|A13147||NSR 218||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Control of Canned Fruits Order. Regulation 59||16 Mar 1943 - 16 Mar 1943|
|A1838||3107/38/1/3 PART 2||Australia - China relations - Annual review||1976 - 1978|
|B26||HX169392||CASSIDY, Mark Lacel||1961 - 1966|
|E72||DL2000||Joseph and Lily Sevallos [Portion of Title Expunged] Stacia Ann Western Appointment of Guardian ad Litem||1952 - 1952|
|A432||1930/1525||Question of Departmental liability in connection with use of official motor cars on private business||1930 - 1931|
|A432||1930/1303||Territory for Seat of Government - Real Property Ordinance 1925/27. Can Registrar of Titles register the transfer of a lease which contains a covenant not to assign without consent, where consent is not given ?||1930 - 1930|
|B6518||40||Address book - Timorese - Midway migrant hostel, Maribyrnong||1975 - 1977|
|A432||1931/2077||Sales Tax: Shell Co. of Australia Ltd.||1931 - 1931|
|A518||AW836/2||New Guinea - Miscellaneous - Rabaul Printing Works [5 pages]||1942 - 1948|
|PP878/1||MKM34111||BROWN, Alfred - Service Number - WX6332||1944 - 1999|
|A431||1990/9679||Administrative Law and Justice Branch Police Affairs Section Australian Police Ministers Council 18th Meeting - Darwin March 1990 Part 1||1990 - 1990|
|D4082||WB485||Horace Scrivens - ex Darwin and Pine Creek Northern Territory||1963 - 1966|
|A10872||100/1/5||Australian Service - Organisation questions [Australian Secret Intelligence Service, ASIS]||1957 - 1958|
|A1838||3126/1/1 PART 3||Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea - Republic of Korea - Relations - Dialogue - General - Political dialogue - North south co-ordinating committee||1981 - 1982|
|A9613||NUMBER 44||Registers of citizenship by descent - Register of births||1953 - 1983|
|MP1157/1||V1964/47194||TUOVINEN, Klaudia||1960 - 1979|
|A13147||NSR 344||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - Statutory Rules 1944, No's 2-5, 7-9, 13-21, 24-26, 28-33, 35, 36, 40, 41, 43-45, 47-49, 51, 52, 54-56, 58, 59, 61, 62, 66-68, 70, 73, 74, 76-81, 83-88, 92-94, 99, 100, 103-108, 112, 113, 118, 125-127, 129-131, 135-137, 148, 150-152, 156, 157, 159-162, 165, 173||12 Jan 1944 - 29 Nov 1944|