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|
|A1209||1976/171 PART 10||Exchange of messages between Prime Minister Mr Malcolm Fraser and Heads of State and other Heads of Government||1980 - 1980|
|A1838||3103/10/20/1 PART 16||Japan - Relations with Australia - Basic Treaty of friendship and cooperation||1976 - 1976|
|A13147||NSR 135||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (Prisoners of War) Regulations. Reg 4 (JA 1); Reg 27 (JA 2)||31 Oct 1945 - 14 Nov 1945|
|A1533||1954/56||SCRIMGEOUR, Colin Graham [0.5cm]||1945 - 1955|
|A461||AS337/1/5||Defence - Navy Transport of Naval Aircraft by Road||1950 - 1950|
|A1838||43/1/3 PART 14||Malta - Relations with Australia||1979 - 1979|
|A1838||3107/40/147 PART 21||China - Relations with India||1963 - 1964|
|A6135||K29/11/72/28||Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Oenberna burial ground, Arnhemland||1972 - 1972|
|A1838||697/8/5 PART 54||Defence policy - Indian Ocean - Zone of peace proposal||1980 - 1980|
|A7322||35||General administrative files - Defence Sub-Committee - Correspondence - Counter disaster operations||Oct 1983 - 14 Nov 1983|
|A13985||4||31st Parliament - Joint Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence - Official Minutes||21 Feb 1978 - 19 Sep 1980|
|A1838||3004/10/5/1 PART 2||South East Asia - Indo Chinese refugees - ASEAN policy - Thailand||1979 - 1980|
|B73||M115679||Meyer,(Miller) Carl||1916 - 1965|
|D362||HX22158||Ernest Robert LAWSON - parts 1 & 2||1959 - 1975|
|A705||55/1/844||Recommendations from NW Area for immediate and periodical operational awards quarter ending 30/9/45||1945 - 1946|
|A1838||3004/12/16 PART 1||South East Asia - Joint Intelligence Committee - [portion exempt] - review of Current Intelligence||1956 - 1957|
|A13883||204 PART 2||Singapore political affairs||29 Feb 1956 - 20 Jul 1957|
|CP548/1||D306||Murdoch's Manufactories Pty. Ltd. Wages Subsidy||1949 - 1949|
|B44||V1969/49232||SOFRA Etnna||1969 - 1970|
|A13373||A1||Administration - Meetings/Hearings/Witnesses||04 May 1982 - 02 Oct 1984|