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|
|A11116||CA1015 PART 1||Australian policy on the Indian Ocean||16 Jan 1984 - 17 Apr 1985|
|D4082||WB285||Christopher Norman Abbott ( alias George Cook )||1963 - 1963|
|C139||RX60483||George William GUTHRIE [Repatriation case file] [box 12519]||1962 - 1962|
|C139||RX22923||Robert Ewing JARVIE [Repatriation case file[ [Box 36431]||1942 - 1983|
|A1209||1968/9232||Prime Minister's visit overseas - June 1963 - Discussions in the United States of America||1968 - 1968|
|A12812||74||Inquiry into Sadadeen High School, Alice Springs - Statement of evidence, originating papers, correspondence, unnumbered submissions, briefing papers, final report, tabling details, approval of work||10 Jul 1975 - 31 Dec 1976|
|A2031||208/1956||208/1956 : Intelligence aspects of the strategic basis of Australian Defence Policy : Agendum Number 155/1956 : Date of meeting - 26 September 1956||1956 - 1956|
|PP946/1||MKM39098||HARRIS, Thomas William - Service Number - WX17249||1941 - 1985|
|A1928||712/5||Newspaper Cuttings. H.C.Office - London.||1946 - 1948|
|M4081||6/7 PART 3||International - Antarctica - Antarctic Marine Living Resources Draft Convention||Mar 1979 - Apr 1980|
|B73||M22016||ODGERS, Clifford Allister Philip||1915 - 1995|
|C139||RX217971||James Leslie WEATHERS [Repatriation case file] [box 6527]||1940 - 1966|
|MP1540/79||D 118||The Department of Supply: Its Origins and Functions, by T Lawrence [1 booklet]||1969 - 1969|
|A1533||1953/350||Police cooperation - Great Britain [2 pages]||1953 - 1953|
|A13147||NSR 443||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Reg 54 (FL 1-71); Reg 55 (FL 77)||29 Nov 1943 - 30 Dec 1943|
|A1838||3034/7/8 PART 6||Indonesia - Territorial waters||1973 - 1979|
|A2090||48||Box of personal index cards titled between Rodda and Ryan (E)||1916 - 1950|
|A9180||63/1/2/4/1 PART 1||Entry into Australia - (aliens) policy and procedure - security - general security replies from Athens||27 Oct 1953 - 30 Dec 1963|
|C139||MX255227||Charlie WATTS [Reverand Charles] [Repatriation medical file]||1948 - 1965|
|K60||HKM38697||KURTZ, Harley Alfred - Service Number - 131421||1961 - 1982|