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|
|A6122||554||CPA - [Communist Party of Australia] Victoria Propaganda Committee||1949 - 1949|
|A1200||L8605A||Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Implements and weapons - Bullroarer and explanation of bullroarer||1947 - 1947|
|A13014||F.2.4||Follow-up on Committee Reports - Alternative Delivery Systems for Commonwealth Public Works||21 May 1980 - 28 Oct 1981|
|A705||7/1/2214||Ardagardaga Station [Northern Territory] - Aerodrome - Note: Each folio in file records the name as Argadargada||1952 - 1952|
|A1838||3081/12/3 PART 8||Papua New Guinea defence and intelligence arrangements with Australia||1976 - 1976|
|F1||1952/1041||State Children's Council for Northern Territory Ryan Colin||1951 - 01 Jan 1951|
|M3357||RJC/57/1||Papua New Guinea||1985 - 1988|
|A3959||A1/37||Visits to Canberra : 19-20 March 1975 and 28 May 1976.||1975 - 1976|
|A1838||3123/1/5 PART 11||Korea - Briefing material and parliamentary questions||1984 - 1985|
|MT2046/1||VOLUME 13||Returned soldiers war gratuities register, 1914-1918 War.||1922 - 1936|
|A2065||J J MANNION||JJ MANNION||1935 - 1967|
|A6122||838||Communist Party of Australia - (South Australia) Queenstown||1949 - 1957|
|AWM54||179/1/25||[Chemical Warfare - General:] Laboratory Section, 98th Chemical Composite Company, APO 565 C/- Postmaster, San Francisco, California: Monthly Summary Reports, Nos 13 and 14, 1945 and Captured Materiel Technical Reports [Japanese Gas Detector B; Japanese Gas Mask Repair Kit; Japanese Very Type Smoke Signal Cartridges; Japanese Horse Gas Mask; Japanese Mark 3 Decontaminating Agent; Japanese Horse Leggins; Japanese Repair Kit for anti-gas equipment; Japanese Hand Carried Smoke Candle]||1944 - 1945|
|A13147||NSR 528||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (Industrial Property) Regulations. Revocation Order No 1036-1422||05 Sep 1944 - 12 Jul 1945|
|A1838||1495/3/2/11/5 PART 3||Antarctica - Antarctic Treaty Arrangements Conservation of Living Resources||1964 - 1965|
|A518||852/1/20||New Guinea - AW Ardie - Surveyor [0.25cm]||1927 - 1937|
|C605||LA547||Headquarters staff - Miss Z Zillman||1944 - 1944|
|PP946/1||MKM39648||STEPHENSON, Charles John - Service Number - NN||1924 - 1993|
|A1838||189/7/1 PART 2||Pakistan - External foreign policy - general||1949 - 1956|
|J1087||2321||Aboriginal and Islander Community Health Service - Sport scholarship for Teresa Ann Holmes||1989 - 1989|