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|
|AWM54||179/1/14 PART 7||[Chemical Warfare - General:] Chemical Warfare and Smoke Intelligence Bulletins, prepared by General Headquarters India, General Staff Branch, MI Directorate, Meerut [Part 7 of 7]||1944 - 1945|
|K60||HSR39135 VOLUME 1||CHILDS, Ronald Edwin - Service Number - W55713, W37996, WX501099, 5/900135, 5/2537||1960 - 1969|
|E72||D14818/4||[Portion of Title Expunged] Brett Wayne - Robert Reginald and Erica Dority McKenna||1963 - 1963|
|PP866/1||H22090||JAMES, Edward Stanley - Service Number - 52571||1962 - 1962|
|A12805||1||Financial Statements & Estimates||1925 - 1931|
|A1838||563/6/6/8||Communism - Conference on Co-Operation in Information Activities in South East Asia - Documents Circulated at 1961 Conference||1961 - 1961|
|A1838||3107/40/52 PART 12||China - Foreign policy - Relations with USSR - General||1960 - 1960|
|CP71/15||1||North Australian Expedition, September - November 1938 [report by the Leader of the Expedition (Hugh Stuart) to the Minister for the Interior (John McEwen), includes 3 photographs]||25 Dec 1938 - 25 Dec 1938|
|F1||1952/688||Choolum (Aboriginal) [portion of title exempt]||1940 - 1953|
|A1838||3034/11/161 PART 17||Indonesia - Relations with USA||1972 - 1975|
|A11235||15||Senate Journals - 15th Session of Parliament - Volume containing Journal No.1 (8 October 1914) to Journal No. 133 (17 March 1917) together with Sessional Papers and Report from Select Committee and Petition||1914 - 1917|
|C138||M15184||Samuel Walter CORNWALL [Repatriation medical case file] [box 1377]||1916 - 1968|
|A6122||1114||Communist Party of Australia. New South Wales - Jannali Branch.||1949 - 1956|
|B73||H83729||Davies, Albert 7478 (Deceased)||1921 - 1934|
|A1928||1042/2 SECTION 5||Stores - Authority to Condemn and Dispose of Serum Laboratories||1946 - 1948|
|A1838||3000/2/15 PART 12||Indo China - Refugees - International attitudes||1979 - 1979|
|A7342||P1 PROSTHESIS||History of, and services provided by the Repatriation Commission and the Repatriation Department - Prosthesis - Manufacture at Repatriation Artificial Limb Factory - brace - trunk||1961 - 1961|
|A6180||24/8/72/8||Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander peoples - Archaeology - The site of an ancient Aboriginal burial ground||1972 - 1972|
|A12381||4/7||DSTI Defence Science and Technology Intelligence - Joint Intelligence Organisation Product||1975 - 1976|
|B300||9723||Obsolete, road vehicles, plant machinery and equipment, writing off - part 1||1961 - 1971|