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|
|A703||554/2/107||Release of classified information to West Germany||1970 - 1973|
|A6122||945||Communist Part of Australia. Electric Press||1949 - 1958|
|C139||MX15634||Frederick WHALAN [Repatriation medical case file] [box 28682]||1941 - 1978|
|PP927/1||MX11775 VOLUME 2||Albert George Welshman||1945 - 1971|
|A12812||6||Inquiry into central hospital services complex, Canberra - Statement of evidence, originating papers, correspondence, unnumbered submissions, briefing papers, final report, tabling details, approval of work, Govt responses, Transcripts - Canberra||Sep 1971 - 11 Aug 1972|
|P694||HX116634 (4 PARTS)||BARKER. A.M.||1914 - 1990|
|PP946/1||MKM39178||O'HALLORAN, James Lancelot - Service Number - R37308||1949 - 2010|
|A2487||1921/6666||[Request for particulars of service of Horace V Bird]||1921 - 1921|
|A432||1931/537||Customs Act 1901/30, Sec. 168. Customs Reg. 129. Claim by O.E. Burbank & Co. for drawback on embroideries. Question of original packages.||1931 - 1931|
|A2487||1922/15562||[Raymond K Browne - Service Number 4908 - Request by wife for information regarding whereabouts]||1922 - 1922|
|D2952||PL52/1980||Pearlah - Retain Train Control Phone||1980 - 1980|
|D618||AC309||Collinswood SA TV studios - extension to production facilities and technical service area||1969 - 1973|
|AWM54||244/2/8||[Demolitions - Schemes:] Demolition Plans: Victoria Bridge, Brisbane Fortress Area, Belt "G", 17 Dec 1942||1942 - 1942|
|A1838||369/7 PART 1||New Zealand section - Freedom of Information Act - Matters including NZ Official Information Bill||1980 - 1985|
|A518||852/1/727||New Guinea Staff - C A Jones - Assistant Engineer [0.25cm]||1937 - 1940|
|A3092||221/12/2/1 PART 2AB||China - general||13 Feb 1967 - 28 Apr 1967|
|A6122||1127||Communist Party of Australia. Eureka Youth League. Victoria||1949 - 1956|
|A13147||NSR 164||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (Chinese Seamen) Regulations. Order under Regulation 4||18 Dec 1943 - 18 Dec 1943|
|A1838||73/1/1 PART 3||Yugoslavia - Foreign Policy - General||1964 - 1967|
|A9737||1991/14 PART 1||USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) - Political Developments||13 Oct 1970 - 30 Oct 1984|