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|
|D4082||WB182||Ian McLeod||1961 - 1961|
|A432||1982/2367||Kokotovic J, Nekic M, Zvirotic, Bebic M, Brajkovic V - versus - Regina - subpoena to produce documents||1982 - 1985|
|A452||1972/3428||IDC [Interdepartmental Committee] on internal security arrangements after self government - Papua New Guinea [3cm]||1972 - 1972|
|PP866/1||M15445||ROWLANDS, Roy - Service Number - 551||1916 - 1962|
|AWM239||170||RAN Medical Officers' Journal: PENGUIN (1 January 1940 - 30 June 1941)||1940 - 1941|
|B73||R45507||Baker, Eric Wilson 3031 Sergeant||1919 - 1920|
|A1209||1969/9015 ATTACHMENT 2||Prime Minister of Australia - Visit to United States of America and Canada, March-April 1969 - Briefing papers||1969 - 1969|
|K60||MSR38936||CORRY, Henry Kingsley - Service Number - A562||1940 - 1984|
|A8307||REGISTER 131||Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1948 - Register of Births, London - No 131||1949 - 1984|
|K403||W59/1478||[Immigration Department] Re-entry - general endorsements - schedules to ASIO||1968 - 1972|
|D2363||1973/56||Food Services Operation and Survey Reports - PMG [Post Master General] Engineering Branch Adelaide - [Administration of cafeteria. Time scale of duties to be performed by attendants. Cafeteria Briefing Plan. Plan of Proposed alterations]||1967 - 1970|
|A452||1964/3504||K Nayda - Commonwealth Ward from the Northern Territory||1964 - 1964|
|A1838||3016/11/113 PART 13||Kampuchea - Relations with Vietnam||1978 - 1978|
|A3959||A4/1||Working Party on Joint Requiry Proposed||1974 - 1974|
|K60||HSR37773||DUNSTAN, Alan Joseph - Service Number - 5/410259||1960 - 1989|
|A5799||164/1956||Strategic basis of Australian Defence Policy||1956 - 1956|
|A8307||REGISTER 100||Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1948 - Register of Births, London - No 100||1975 - 1976|
|J849||4/1/AIR/4 PART 6||Establishments 482 SQN||1979 - 1980|
|A1928||1181/47/3/3||War. MECC (Medical Equipment Control Committee) & CMCC (Central Medical Coordination Committee) Staff. D.A. Butler. (Clegg)||1944 - 1946|
|C138||HB66303||WALKER, Lillian A beneficiary of WALKER, Alfred William - Service Number - 3287||1988 - 1988|