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||3000/2/9/1 PART 6||Australian policy towards Indo China refugees||1977 - 1978|
|A13147||NSR 353||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (Agricultural Aids) Regulations. Rotenone Materials Orders||17 Feb 1944 - 17 Feb 1944|
|A3092||221/11/7/2/1A PART 4||Sino-Indian border dispute - aid to India||26 Sep 1963 - 27 May 1964|
|D3184||VOLUME 1||Nurse's report book - Quarantine Station Hospital - Torrens Island||10 Apr 1942 - 05 May 1965|
|PP930/1||MX53724||William Henry Richardson||1952 - 1969|
|A452||1972/3512||[portion of title exempt] / National Intelligence Committee talks - 1972 [0.25cm]||1972 - 1972|
|A8307||REGISTER 142||Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1948 - Register of Births, London - No 142||1982 - 1983|
|A9737||1991/14 PART 1||USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) - Political Developments||13 Oct 1970 - 30 Oct 1984|
|A13147||NSR 37||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Revocation of Order: Regulation 4 (JB 1-2)||19 Jan 1946 - 19 Jan 1946|
|A518||852/1/727||New Guinea Staff - C A Jones - Assistant Engineer [0.25cm]||1937 - 1940|
|A1838||369/7 PART 1||New Zealand section - Freedom of Information Act - Matters including NZ Official Information Bill||1980 - 1985|
|AWM54||244/2/49||[Demolitions - Schemes:] Demolition of aerodromes, Northern Command - Notes on commercial explosives (Mar-Apr 1942)||1942 - 1942|
|D618||AC309||Collinswood SA TV studios - extension to production facilities and technical service area||1969 - 1973|
|C165||WHOLE SERIES||[Veteran's Affairs] Personal case files, single number series with 'PCR' prefix (British Service Department - Commonwealth Relations Office)||1945 - 1991|
|D2952||PL52/1980||Pearlah - Retain Train Control Phone||1980 - 1980|
|A2487||1921/6666||[Request for particulars of service of Horace V Bird]||1921 - 1921|
|PP946/1||MKM39178||O'HALLORAN, James Lancelot - Service Number - R37308||1949 - 2010|
|A12396||6||Royal Commission on Intelligence and Security - Inventory of Records - Part 11 (Details of series HF6 and associated series HA1 Submissions, HB Transcripts and HC Exhibits)||1977 - 1977|
|A7324||65||Submissions - Television Equalisation - Australian Association of National Advertisers||Jan 1987 - Feb 1987|
|C139||HX115993 PART 1||John Joseph DEMPSEY [Repatriation hospital file] [Box 52238]||1957 - 1975|