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|
|A13147||NSR 268||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Immobilization of Vessels Order (No 3). Regulation 45D||18 Aug 1944 - 18 Aug 1944|
|B741||V/11083||Pierre Lander||1933 - 1933|
|A1838||1957/5/16 PART 2||ASIO training assistance given to foreign security services||1974 - 1974|
|A13147||NSR 491||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - Miscellaneous||26 Sep 1939 - 15 Apr 1944|
|A6122||553||CPA [Communist Party of Australia] NSW [New South Wales] Student Committee||1949 - 1949|
|D1915||SA1731||McCLELLAN John - permit to leave Australia||1927 - 1927|
|D2952||PL69/1981||Guards working - Twin Unit working with hook couplings - Eyre Peninsula Lines||1980 - 1982|
|A10028||800/1/5 PART 1||China - overseas Chinese||1977 - 1978|
|K60||MKM38965||KLISURA, Jack - Service Number - 5/505||1947 - 1995|
|AWM54||179/5/17 PART 4||[Chemical Warfare - Trials:] Far Eastern Technical Unit, Research Section, Pacific Warfare Board - Reports No 4, 5 and 6||1945 - 1945|
|A13147||NSR 247||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Manufacture of Omnibus Bodies Order. Regulation 59||01 May 1944 - 01 May 1944|
|B26||MX105034||ROGERS, Carl Geoffrey [1.00 cms]||1946 - 1950|
|A1945||222/2/9 ATTACHMENT 2||Disposal of demi official correspondence between Brigadier Rourke (former First Assistant Secretary) and Australian Defence Representatives Overseas - background Boase/Hewitt||1948 - 1951|
|A13373||B2(c )||Information from Overseas Parliaments - Canada||25 Jun 1982 - 12 Aug 1982|
|A1209||1959/547 PART 1||China-Australia intelligence survey - Airfields and flying boat bases||1959 - 1959|
|A13147||NSR 111||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Control of Drums Order. Regulations 59||18 Jan 1943 - 18 Jan 1943|
|A1945||24/1/22||Item of mutual interest||1965 - 1965|
|B1535||752/12/53||[The Case of Lt T Chilton]||1935 - 1935|
|N7||1964/262 PART 2||Immigration - Passenger Lists - Arrivals [Christmas Island]||1965 - 1966|
|A1838||563/10/3 PART 5||Communism - SEATO - Information Committee||1956 - 1956|