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|
|A12836||8||Tasmanian Disabilities Inquiry - Reports||1930 - 1930|
|A1838||3127/11/180 PART 1||South Korea - Relations with foreign countries - Pacific Basin Community||1979 - 1982|
|C1748||ABORIGINES/L8606A||TITLE: Reverse side of L8606 [tjuringas) CATEGORY: photograph PRINCIPAL CREDIT: photographer G Crib FORMAT: b&w print TYPE: silver gelatin STATUS: preservation material||01 Jan 1947 - 31 Dec 1947|
|A6135||K24/1/73/4||Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Tribal - Aboriginals prepare for a corroboree, Yuendumu||1973 - 1973|
|PP946/1||MKM37523||BAKER, Kenneth William George - Service Number - 4/1268||1952 - 1983|
|A1838||141/2/1 PART 1||Spanish Sahara - Political - General||1975 - 1975|
|A4624||TORRENS TENDERS PART 3 30/9/1945||Ships Ledger HMAS Torrens tenders part Quarter Ending: 3 30/9/1945||1945 - 1945|
|A2487||1922/15602||[Robert Joseph McGoldrick - Inquiry by wife regarding war gratuity]||1922 - 1922|
|B4794||CHERNIH, IVAN||[Claim for Special Benefit - Ivan Chernih]||1963 - 1971|
|A1200||L61934||Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Archaeology - Skeleton of a 3 year Aboriginal child found in cave CATEGORY: Photograph PRINCIPAL CREDIT: Australian News and Information Bureau FORMAT: b&w negative TYPE: cellulose acetate STATUS: preservation material||1967 - 1967|
|A1209||1981/337 PART 9||Sinai peacekeeping force||1981 - 1981|
|A452||1971/3172||Provision of secure communications for internal use in Papua/New Guinea [7 pages]||1971 - 1972|
|A1838||553/1/86/10 PART 1||Cultural relations with China - Australia China Foundation||1976 - 1977|
|E72||D14253/4||[Portion of Title Expunged] Melinda May - Shephard M and E E||1963 - 1963|
|A6180||10/1/75/5||Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Types - Burial post of Tiwi Tribe of Stephen Puwanjtmi, Melville Island||1975 - 1975|
|B337||680||Smith, Walter James||1962 - 1962|
|A1209||1962/936 PART 2||Indian/China border dispute 1962 - Aid for India||1962 - 1962|
|A432||1968/2197||Shooting of Yugoslav in Act - press reports of Ustashi activity||1968 - 1968|
|A1838||33/1/5/1 PART 3||Hungary UN Special Committee on Hungary||1957 - 1957|
|K279||1957/870/430||Transport and Construction - Perth Airport International Terminal Building - advice on lifts - consultants - Bayliss and Associates [Works/Construction]||1982 - 1983|