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|
|PP946/1||MSR37598||MCCARTHY, Geoffrey William - Service Number - WX42337, 5/1323||1946 - 1980|
|C141||WHOLE SERIES||[Veteran's Affairs] Personal case files, single number series with 'AGX'prefix (Australian 'Act of Grace', 1939-1945 War)||1955 - 1982|
|A1838||1558/1/44 PART 37||International Court of Justice - Advisory opinions French Nuclear tests Australia vs France||1972 - 1973|
|B73||M40742||Watt, Robert [1.00 cms]||1917 - 1972|
|A9816||1944/584||Not in bundle||01 Jan 1800 - 01 Jan 1800|
|AWM54||244/2/26 PART 15||[Demolitions - Schemes:] Demolition Reconnaissance Reports by 15 Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps, Location Queensland (Oct 1943) [Part 15 of 15]||1943 - 1943|
|M3357||REPORT 2||Review of Australia's defence exports and defence industry - Vol.1 - copy 18 of 30||1986 - 1986|
|A1928||1181/35/10/2 WA SECTION 4||War. Emergency Civil Medical Practitioners Service Returns of Expenditure. Queries regarding Accounts and Fees (Western Australia) Section 4||1945 - 1946|
|A1838||720/4/9 PART 21||Australian atomic energy - Uranium enrichment non proliferation aspects||1979 - 1979|
|A2487||1921/2803||[James William Armstrong - Medical history]||1921 - 1921|
|MP927/1||A251/6/149||Min Reps Mr. Lucock MP - investigation case of alleged rape - 1 RAR||1959 - 1959|
|M1827||141||[Sir Harry Gibbs (Chief Justice, High Court of Australia)] Sittings 1983||18 Jan 1983 - 07 Oct 1983|
|B337||357||JACKSON, Irene||1961 - 1961|
|A1209||1965/6501||Admission to Australia of communist propaganda on Vietnam||1965 - 1965|
|A6122||482||Communist Party of Australia - Unemployed Relief Committee Western Australia||1949 - 1949|
|A12987||S50||Senate Select Committee on Medical and Hospital Costs - Submissions No 2 of 3 Bundles - Metropolitan Hospitals' Association||Jun 1968 - Jul 1968|
|A432||1929/748||Attorney-General's Department: Income Tax Assessment Act 1922-1928 - Question of Power to make valid Regulations under Section 16C||1929 - 1929|
|A1838||73/1/1 PART 8||Yugoslavia - Foreign policy - General||1978 - 1983|
|A11116||CA265 PART 5||Royal Commission on Security and Intelligence Agencies||08 Jul 1985 - 09 Dec 1986|
|A3092||221/11/6 PART 4B||Netherlands New Guinea||01 Aug 1961 - 18 Sep 1961|