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|
|A3973||N/N||Demands for 1985 Costs at 1977||1974 - 1977|
|A7073||J209/72 PART 1||Avoidance of taxation - Selection of test cases||1979 - 1979|
|A7363||8||Briefing papers||01 Jan 1982 - 16 Dec 1982|
|PP866/1||H15737||GARTNER, William - Service Number - 1814||1960 - 1960|
|AWM54||244/3/3||[Demolitions - Preparation:] Report on demolition plan for road bridge over Minnamurra River, and the Nowra Area. Reconnaissance carried out by Capt Carmicheal||1942 - 1942|
|A10028||821/1/1 PART 2||Australia/ China - policy||07 Jul 1981 - 19 Apr 1983|
|A1200||L66849||Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander peoples - Implements and weapons - Aboriginal implements, woomera, boomerang, bull roarers and spears etc CATEGORY: Photograph PRINCIPAL CREDIT: Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) FORMAT: b&w negative TYPE: cellulose acetate STATUS: preservation material||1967 - 1967|
|A11116||CA1811 Part 1||South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone||13 Mar 1985 - 17 Apr 1986|
|B73||H38264||SPROAT, James||1937 - 1953|
|A6135||K24/5/78/63||Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Tribal - Aboriginals preparing for corroboree, Northern Territory, 1978||1978 - 1978|
|A4245||NN||Tasmanian Transport Inquiry CONFIDENTIAL Transcript||01 Jan 1800 - 01 Jan 1800|
|K60||HKM33816 VOLUME 1||RANDALL, Oliver Ernest - Service Number - 9216, 4/400183||1946 - 1966|
|A3959||A3/9||Consultants. KINNAIRD HILL DE ROHAN and YOUNG Pty. Ltd.||1974 - 1974|
|A2487||1919/179||[All file papers removed]||1919 - 1919|
|A1838||3107/38/1/6 PART 2||China - Relations with Australia - Australian representation - Officials' talks||1980 - 1982|
|A432||1929/488||Claim of Yellow Cabs of Australia Ltd. for damage done to Yellow Cab by Defence Department Tractor.||1929 - 1929|
|A1838||1634/75/1 PART 6||Indo Chinese refugees - Australian policies and programs - General policies||1981 - 1982|
|A12983||12||Inquiry into Meat Industry - In-camera Transcripts - Canberra x 3||24 Jul 1973 - 30 Oct 1973|
|AWM54||179/5/8 PART 8||[Chemical Warfare - Trials:] Munitions Supply Laboratories. Abstract reports indexed in records of Chemical Defence Board [Part 8 of 23]||1944 - 1944|
|A7452||A269||Falklands crisis - intelligence arrangements||1982 - 1984|