Closed access

Overview

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?

14370

closed files

on 1 January 2016
28

reasons

why these files have been closed
58

years

is the average age of these files
based on their date of their earliest content
1128

series

contain closed files

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!

Here's some examples…

Series Control Symbol Title Contents dates
PP825/1 HX42163 William Beresford Haddow 1947 - 1979
K60 MKM37215 JAMES, Leonard Charles - Service Number - R39930 1950 - 2002
MP341/1 1906/2994 [Credit of amounts received as rent of Quarters] 1906 - 1906
P130 R9328 Private Roy Ludwig Bardenhagen, 12th Battalion 6535 1916 - 1919
AWM54 244/2/14 [Demolitions - Schemes:] Demolition Plans: Brisbane Fortress Area, Belt "J" 1939 - 1945
A432 1963/3173 PART 3 Antarctic Treaty - Draft Convention on Conservation of Wild Life 01 Jan 1800 - 01 Jan 1800
A1838 69/1/3 PART 46 USSR [Union of Soviet Socialist Republics] - Relations with Australia 1977 - 1977
A13147 NSR 565 National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Reg 4 (GC 1-2); Reg 54 (GC 3-59) 09 Apr 1944 - 05 Jun 1944
PP886/1 M9312 W.J.R. Farrell 1916 - 1971
B73 M109929 Davidson, James Duncan 1919 - 1990
A1928 1018/8 Staff - Hookworm Campaign. Dr. J.C. Jago Dr. A.K. Green. 1926 - 1929
K26 MX52065 Reginald Henry Barry 1942 - 1985
F1 1955/1306 Moseley Children State Children's Council 1955 - 1956
C139 MX36272 Charles Shaw HAYES [Repatriation medical file] [Box 2317] 1941 - 1959
B26 HX50945 McDonald, Leslie Joseph 1945 - 1976
A2487 1922/6237 [Application for medical treatment - Richard Michael Gornalle] 1917 - 1922
B26 MX125 PART 2 DON, Robert Nicholas 1941 - 1974
A571 1935/2494 Loan Council Thirty-First Meeting - May 1934 - Confidential papers and agenda 1935 - 1935
A1838 3127/11/91 PART 2 Korea - Relations between North and South Korea 1962 - 1967
D2952 PL42/1980 Waddikee - Extension to siding [Drawing of 218.307km Waddikee - Scale 1:1 250, Map showing location of Waddikee on Eyre Peninsula, Plan of Waddikee proposed siding extensions with photographs, Plan of Waddikee Station Yard plus Longitudinal Elevation on a scale 1" = 40', Drawing of proposed siding extension at Waddikee on a scale 1:480, Photographs of Waddikee] 1980 - 1982