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|
|A1838||720/4/9 PART 37||Australian atomic energy - Non proliferation aspects of uranium enrichment||1980 - 1980|
|AWM93||2/5/19C/2 PART 8||[Australian War Memorial registry file:] Buildings and Accommodation - AWM Canberra. Roll of Honour - Lists of names to be inscribed, forwarded by Repatriation Department Sydney||1956 - 1958|
|D455||NN||Abate Mr Affiths Mrs RLd||1949 - 1959|
|C3939||N1957/75246 PART VI||Immigration - nationality character checks of former NSW residents applying for naturalisation in other states [2.0cm; box 90]||1967 - 1969|
|F1||1970/2146||correspondence with Child Welfare WA||1960 - 1974|
|A10267||21||Submissions Nos. 11 - 16, including draft report - Bougainville||07 Aug 1976 - 25 Jun 1995|
|A1838||3006/3/3 PART 35||Cambodia relations with Thailand||1982 - 1983|
|B1500||50/35/97 PART 1||Mandatory modifications and inspections - Helio H250 [part Box 38]||1971 - 1981|
|A7073||J307/64 PART 2 ATTACHMENT||Use of Territories for tax avoidance||1967 - 1968|
|A9737||1992/51655 PART 1||Indonesia - East Timor - Submissions to Ministers Briefs and Other Papers||06 Nov 1978 - 03 May 1989|
|C139||HX66692||William Henry GRANGER [Repatriation file] [box 42027]||1946 - 1984|
|M4520||24||H R Nicholls Society||1985 - 1988|
|A1838||752/2/3/1 PART 1||Indonesia - Food and Agriculture - Rice||1955 - 1971|
|K26||MX4580||EARNSHAW George - DVA File [WWII Service No.WX4341]||1940 - 1984|
|B26||MX59175 PART 1||NEWMAN Thomas James||1941 - 1946|
|B4794||BRENCICH, LUCIA||[Claim for Special Benefit - Lucia Brencich]||1967 - 1968|
|M4835||52||(5) Miscellaneous [including documents relating to border surveillance by Papua New Guinea armed forces]||1971 - 1971|
|C321||N78/313021||Italiano, Concetta [Italian migrant; naturalization file] [Box 440]||1978 - 1979|
|K60||C34927||MACDONALD Ross||1919 - 1921|
|A12987||S34||Senate Select Committee on Medical and Hospital Costs - Submissions No 1 of 3 Bundles, Part A - The Asthma Foundation of Victoria (Submission No 4)||Jan 1968 - Jul 1968|