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|
|B741||V/22277||Gottfried Ernst Burgner||1939 - 1945|
|B741||V/1200||[G.M. Hamilton - Enquiry from Repatriation Dept]||1925 - 1925|
|MP171/5||16||Ships' registers - arrivals and departures, Melbourne||04 Apr 1940 - 15 May 1943|
|A2487||1922/424||[Irregular payment of living allowance to wife of J H Jones]||1920 - 1922|
|A2487||1921/16163||[Medical treatment for E F McKenna]||1921 - 1921|
|D4082||AO430||Ambrose Tomlins||1973 - 1973|
|PP866/1||H12159||SMITH, Edward Arthur - Service Number - 2805||1962 - 1963|
|A13147||NSR 320||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (Man Power) Regulations. Order under Regulation 15AA||14 Jun 1944 - 27 Jun 1944|
|A12836||5||Tasmanian Disabilities Inquiry - Minutes of evidence||1930 - 1930|
|A13147||NSR 182||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (Supplementary) Regulations. Schedule of State Orders Regulation 24||13 Feb 1942 - 18 Nov 1946|
|A518||AE801/1/7||National Security (External Territories) Regulations - Births, Deaths and Marriages - Entries under Regulation 21A - Wong King||1945 - 1945|
|A1838||3081/2/9/3 PART 1||Papua New Guinea - Internal security - Terrorism||1977 - 1977|
|A1838||3034/11/176 PART 1||Indonesia - Relations with other countries - South Pacific||1978 - 1983|
|A6122||704||C P of A Qld [Communist Party of Australia Queensland] Shipyards Branch||1949 - 1949|
|A1838||3127/2/4 PART 4||Korea - Political - South Korea - General - Elections||1959 - 1960|
|K60||HKM40097||DIGGINS, Colin - Service Number - F4732, 33101, A216209||1955 - 1988|
|A1838||766/1 PART 13||Communist China - Economic Relations with Australia||1972 - 1972|
|A2908||S81/5 PART 5||Shipping UMCC - United Nations Maritime Consultative Committee||1947 - 1948|
|A292||C26062 PART 5A||University House - Contract with Howie Moffatt and Company||1952 - 1952|
|PP889/1||MKM34532||PRIDDLE, Raymond Douglas - Service Number - 5/2216||1952 - 1973|