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|
|A12812||137||Inquiry into CSIRO Marine Laboratories, Hobart TAS - Submissions, briefing papers,supplementary submissions, tabling details, correspondence, approval of work||12 May 1981 - 15 Sep 1981|
|D2952||PL47/1980||Port Lincoln Division - Extension to sidings [References: Waddikee - PL42/1980, Cungena - PL43/1980, Lock - PL44/1980, Yeelanna - PL45/1980, Port Lincoln Yard - PL48/1980]||1980 - 1980|
|PP927/1||MX11775 VOLUME 1||Albert George Welshman||1946 - 1974|
|PP904/1||MX1971||Arnold Hamer||1917 - 1963|
|A13207||CMHC85||Select Committee on the Container Method of Handling Cargoes - Trans Australian Shipping Pty Ltd||Sep 1967 - Jul 1968|
|J1331||J86/63||Checklist [known as item lists] - Correspondence files - Australian Construction Services||1983 - 1989|
|A1838||816/2/3 PART 5||USSR - Reports on Economic Development - Food & Agriculture||1966 - 1966|
|M4843||12||Personal correspondence of Sir Alan Watt as Ambassador - Bonn||Mar 1960 - Dec 1961|
|K60||MX61892||WILLIAMS, Richard John - Service Number - 45052||1944 - 1985|
|A4531||201/1/3 PART 1||Saigon - Vietnam personalities [re Republic of Vietnam also known as South Vietnam]||08 May 1956 - 23 Apr 1966|
|D2952||PL52/1979||Poochera - Construction of new silos by S.A.C.B.H. [Plan number X80/1 - Poochera - Site plan showing location of new steel silos - Scale 1:480, Sketch of number 3 silo location]||1979 - 1981|
|P130||R10542||Rafferty, Rupert||1918 - 1951|
|A461||BC354/1||Inventions Proctor Dr O S||1948 - 1949|
|B1535||724/2/234||[Medical Examination of Candidates for the Royal Military College]||1935 - 1935|
|A12987||MHC40||Senate Select Committee on Medical and Hospital Costs - Correspondence - HCF The Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia||Jul 1968 - Apr 1969|
|D4082||AO435||Lenore Ougham [ Oudham ]||1973 - 1973|
|AWM54||244/2/6||[Demolitions - Schemes:] Demolition Plans: Brisbane Fortress Area, Belt "F"||1939 - 1945|
|B26||MX43716 PART 1||ICKERINGILL, Lloyd Wesley||1941 - 1966|
|A816||66/301/253||Proposed British Awards to members of the Australian Red Cross for services in South-East Asia.||1946 - 1947|
|M1335||31 PART 2||[Personal Papers of Prime Minister Fraser] Senator Hon R G Withers [as Minister for Administrative Services, includes papers relating to termination of Ministerial appointment following Robinson Royal Commission of Inquiry into Electoral Redistribution of Queensland in 1977, tender for Australian Bureau of Statistics computer equipment, communication of Government decisions to the public etc]||20 Dec 1977 - 28 Dec 1978|