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|
|D455||NN||Anstey Robert J||1978 - 1978|
|B26||MX51680 PART 1||TATT, Leslie Theodore||1946 - 1994|
|J32||HX1931||Benson Leonard Arthur - Repatriation file [Box 4966]||1943 - 1943|
|A1838||720/5/22 PART 7||Atomic energy - Australia - Relations with China||1984 - 1984|
|A8307||REGISTER 89||Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1948 - Register of Births, London - No 89||1973 - 1975|
|B26||CX71371||DALY, Patrick John||1984 - 1990|
|A1838||494/30/3/2||China - United Kingdom other Incidents||1950 - 1954|
|A703||564/3/164 PART 2||Air staff aerodrome requirements - Townsville, Queensland||1969 - 1974|
|A13147||NSR 172||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Reg 53 (EC.3-6); Reg 54 (EC.7-86); Reg 55 (EC.87-100)||16 Mar 1943 - 17 May 1943|
|MP16/1||1917/662||White, Charlotte, Mrs||1917 - 1917|
|A1838||3014/11/51 PART 3||Vietnam - Relations with United Kingdom||1966 - 1968|
|A3963||S1/4/1||B.P. Australia Ltd.||1969 - 1975|
|AWM237||37||Nominal Roll of Deaths in the Australian Military Forces, 3rd Sep 1939 to 31 Dec 1947, New South Wales [LABATT-ZINN]||1939 - 1947|
|A432||1931/513||Territory for Seat of Govt. Whether a workman injured in Relief works is entitled to Compensation under C'wealth Employees Compensation Act 1930.||1931 - 1931|
|C138||HB41555 PART 5||GARDINER, Florence Grace beneficiary of GARDINER, Walter Markham - Service Number - 6990||1988 - 1994|
|A2487||1921/18371||[Cook, C J - Overpayments to]||1921 - 1922|
|K26||MBX11623||Stephen Francis Coffey||1945 - 1989|
|A1838||73/1/6 PART 13||Yugoslavia - Non Aligned Nations Conference||1973 - 1973|
|AWM54||179/1/20 PART 18||[Chemical Warfare - General:] Australian Military Forces: Technical Notes and Staff Notes - Chemical Warfare [Part 18 of 19]||1945 - 1945|
|E72||D3488/4||[Portion of Title Expunged] Roy and Clytie Rannard - Ronald Norman Rannard - Douglas Mitchell Rannard||1955 - 1956|