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|
|A11235||23||Senate Journals - 23rd Session of Parliament - Volume containing Journal No. 1 (13 January 1926) to Journal No.148 (22 September 1928) together with Sessional Papers and Reports from Standing Committee||1926 - 1928|
|MP729/8||4/431/69||Production of Mechanical Tune Fuzes 208||1950 - 1950|
|A2618||DOCUMENT 3529 TO 3531||Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Authority (SMHEA). Contracts and Reports on Murray 1 Pressure Pipeline; Murray 1 Project Aqueducts; Khancoban Dam and associated works; Murray 2 Power Station Site and the Geology of Khancoban Project and associated works.||1961 - 1963|
|C605||LA609||Headquarters staff - Miss E V Courtney||1944 - 1946|
|E72||DL2542||Parry, Joseph and Topsy [Portion of Title Expunged] Wendy Parry||1953 - 1954|
|A518||852/1/800||New Guinea Staff - Haley, V W [0.5cm]||1938 - 1951|
|B26||MX161607 PART 1||Carter, James Stewart||1941 - 1952|
|A13147||NSR 266||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (Economic Organisation) Regulations. Schedule of State Orders. Regulation 17A||07 Aug 1942 - 07 Aug 1942|
|D5159||41 KESWICK BARRACKS - VIC EXAMPLES||Re Keswick barracks - Victorian Examples||1991 - 1991|
|F985||1972/328||Victoria River District - Sacred Sites||1967 - 1969|
|A705||7/1/2036||Navigation - Limitations of runway dimension for RAAF aircraft||1945 - 1949|
|D2952||PL32/1981||Thevenard Line - 356.82km near Nunjikompita - Telecom conduit under railway - also at 363.670km [Sketch showing location of proposed Telecom conduit]||1981 - 1981|
|C123||11612||Glasheen, Denise Nancy [Box 359]||1940 - 1943|
|A13014||F.4.5.1||Aboriginal Development Commission - Final Report and other Documents||27 Feb 1984 - 30 May 1985|
|A1533||1955/4413||John BIRCH and others||1955 - 1966|
|A518||I801/1/7||Entries under Regulation 21A - National Security (External Territories) Regulations - Buchanan, P M||1945 - 1945|
|A1838||1690/1/6/3 PART 4||Australian refugee policy - Indonesia - Irian - Jayan - Refugee claimants||1985 - 1985|
|A6122||1090||Communist Party of Australia - Queensland - illegal apparatus||1949 - 1956|
|A1838||1743/1/5 PART 8||Antarctic treaty decisive conference on the convention for the conservation of Antarctic marine living||1979 - 1979|
|A1928||1020/23||Staff Permanent - Central & Victoria Miss. W. Scott||1932 - 1947|