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|
|A705||108/2/206||Court of Enquiry. Disclosure of documents in regard to Air Board contract with Royal Queensland Aero Club||1940 - 1942|
|A7073||J174/109 PART 1||Private companies - Avoidance of division7 tax by creation of trusts||1954 - 1957|
|A13147||NSR 69||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (Shearing of Sheep) Regulations. Exemption||28 Feb 1944 - 11 May 1945|
|PP18/1||R1141||ORR, Wallace - Service Number - 114||1916 - 1956|
|A3968||EXHIBIT 267||Mobil. Develop owned land Ferntree Gully Vic. Cnr. Ferntree Gully & Scoresby Rds.||1973 - 1974|
|A659||1939/1/3458||Alikaris, P C - Admission of relative||1937 - 1939|
|A1838||3020/10/6 PART 11||North Vietnam - Relations with Australia - Australian representation||1980 - 1982|
|MP16/1||1915/3/805||Mayer Ludwig||1914 - 1915|
|A437||1946/6/273||Walter, Friedrich and family - Alien control||1946 - 1947|
|A1928||1020/11||Staff Permanent Central and Victoria D.R. Conly||1920 - 1934|
|A5931||CL806 SPECIAL ANNEX||Australia - Japan Ministerial Committee Meeting - Tokyo 1973 - Special Annex SA/4||Jun 1973 - Jun 1973|
|A1209||1976/1476 PART 5||Australian/Peoples Republic of China (Mainland) relations - Including recognition||1977 - 1978|
|A1533||1955/4267||Robert Andrew BLOOMFIELD and others||1951 - 1959|
|A1838||1652/2/7 PART 6||Terrorism - Armenian Groups||1985 - 1988|
|A1945||56/1/12||Defence of Australian forces against chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) weapons [2.5cm]||1964 - 1966|
|C4076||HN5729 PART A||Celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of postal services at Wollongong Post Office||1982 - 1982|
|M1827||145||[Sir Harry Gibbs (Justice, High Court of Australia)] Judgements never delivered : Harding; British Petroleum versus Hunt||16 Sep 1975 - Nov 1980|
|A2487||1922/10938||[Application for medical treatment - William Urquhart]||1922 - 1922|
|B4794||BURNS, GEORGINA||[Claim for Special Benefit - Georgina Burns]||1968 - 1969|
|P107||HB10145 PART 1||HARRIS, Alice C beneficiary of HARRIS, Aubrey Francis - Service Number - 2137||1988 - 1989|