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||TS654/3/9||Middle East. Intelligence summaries.||1956 - 1956|
|F1||1954/764||Restricted - State Childrens Council - Margaret Lillian Morgan and Elsie Merle Clayton||1954 - 1956|
|PP174/2||NN||Official Log Book of the "Sea Search" [Arrival - 30/1/1965]||1965 - 1965|
|M3826||2||Personal correspondence 1983 [part 2]||1983 - 1983|
|A703||564/3/342 PART 7||Standard procedure for staff targets and requirements and staff works requirements||1970 - 1972|
|B26||MBX101119||Porter, William John||1953 - 1977|
|A1838||3020/2/7 PART 2||Vietnam - Political - Human rights||1978 - 1980|
|C4076||HN17132||Cooranbong Post Office||1984 - 1984|
|MP1049/5||1944/2/160||Gun crews for merchant ships||1945 - 1945|
|A1209||1965/6411 PART 2||Prime Minister's conference - June 1965 - Initiative on Vietnam||1965 - 1965|
|M89||1||Diary of Major Richard Victor MORSE||1916 - 1918|
|B73||M6875||SMART, George William - Service Number - 1957||1915 - 1931|
|B1535||738/1/77||[Compensation Recoverable from Commonwealth Following Injury and Death Member RAAF]||1939 - 1939|
|A1838||3125/2/1 PART 9||North Korea - Political||1968 - 1970|
|A1838||3000/2/9/1 PART 45||Indo China Australian policy towards Indo Chinese refugees||1983 - 1984|
|B2458||614656||NIGHTINGALE, Gergory Farrar||1977 - 2005|
|A2090||26||Box of personal index cards titled between Howell and Jacks||1916 - 1950|
|A3092||221/1/4/1/1 PART 1A||SEATO Council||15 Dec 1966 - 05 Dec 1967|
|F1||1959/1718||Child and General Welfare Correspondence District Welfare Office Alice Springs||1959 - 1963|
|A1209||1968/8065 PART 1||Cambodia/South Vietnam relations 1968||1968 - 1968|