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|
|A1838||766/1 PART 35||China - Economic relations with Australia||1979 - 1979|
|A1838||3107/7/3 PART 6||China - Tibet - General||1959 - 1959|
|A1838||100/6/1/2||Relations with foreign services [imposed title, original title wholly exempt]||1956 - 1959|
|A2487||1921/16461||[Application for assistance - F Lee]||1921 - 1921|
|A1838||697/8/5/1 PART 3||Australia - Iran - Cooperation in the Indian Ocean||1979 - 1980|
|A13147||NSR 271||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (Economic Organisation) Regulations. Order of Exemption||13 Feb 1946 - 13 Feb 1946|
|A1838||655/2/3 PART 7||Defence policy planning unit - Australian foreign policy - Submissions to the minister||1984 - 1984|
|A1838||3107/38/8/3 PART 1||China - Relations with Australia - Cultural - Sport||1971 - 1972|
|A9816||1943/1301 PART 3||United Kingdom - Liaison with Ministry of Works & Planning (Fielding)||1946 - 1950|
|E944||AMOONGUNA 1||[Census Report - Amoonguna]||1968 - 1971|
|A6351||201/02/01-07B||Suva - Fiji political general (12/10/1966 - 7/4/1972)||1964 - 1976|
|A6980||S251088||Evacuees and family reunion from Portuguese Timor - Part 13||1978 - 1979|
|MT1214/1||448/201/2237||Proposed Award of Netherlands Decorations 15 RAN Personnel||1946 - 1946|
|A6937||PP/3||URBANCIC, Ljenko||1986 - 1986|
|A1838||160/11/148 PART 1||Ceylon [Sri Lanka] - Relations with Pakistan||1947 - 1975|
|A1928||580/9 SECTION 3||International Office of Health. Contributions to upkeep. Section 3.||1947 - 1947|
|C138||HB130269||WILD, Hazel beneficiary of WILD, Clifford Allen - Service Number - 5212||1988 - 1991|
|A1838||3107/40/147 PART 15||China - Relations with India||1962 - 1962|
|PP946/1||MKM37325||REYNOLDS, Raymond Harold - Service Number - 48205||1952 - 1983|
|K60||HSR37332||TAYLOR, Robert William - Service Number - 5/2481||1984 - 1985|