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|
|A432||1987/8170||ASIO Amendment Bill 1986 - Inspector General of Intelligence and Security Bill 1986 - Intelligence and Security (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1986||1985 - 1986|
|C138||HB3475||BIRCH, Florence Mary beneficiary of BIRCH, Herbert Edwin - Service Number - 117||1988 - 1993|
|M4797||15||Correspondence||03 Sep 1979 - 24 Dec 1979|
|PP946/1||MKM34402||BLACKETT, Michael - Service Number - DNR 36410||1948 - 1988|
|AWM54||179/1/6||[Chemical Warfare - General:] Chemical Warfare Information Bulletins - Nos 1,2,3 and 9||1943 - 1943|
|A1533||1968/1947 PART 1||Attorney-General's Canberra - Suspected collusive tendering - [part of title exempted]||1964 - 1969|
|A4243||40||Marine Board of Devonport||1974 - 1976|
|K273||1977/145 PART 2||SHC [State Housing Commission] acquisition of houses - policy [property, works] [Original papers have been transfered to 1984/766. Original file cover is missing, for more info, see 1977/145 part 1]||1988 - 1988|
|A10800||D3||Kakadu National Park bird check list (poster hard copy)||1975 - 1996|
|PP889/1||M6823||William Bazeley||1916 - 1972|
|K26||HX4294||Basil Anthony Vlachou||1951 - 1990|
|A1200||L2358||Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander peoples - Implements and weapons - Kurdaitcha [Kadaitcha] shoes and bullroarer (centre) (Nama Twinna) used by Arunta Tribe from Macdonnell Ranges||1945 - 1945|
|A1838||3127/2/1/2 PART 5||South Korea - Political - United Kingdom Fortnightly Summary of Events||1968 - 1970|
|MP129/1||1942/2014||War Organization Combined Met Committee||1942 - 1943|
|A7363||1||Submission List||23 Feb 1972 - 08 Jul 1973|
|A9737||1990/1314 PART 1||French nuclear testing||27 Feb 1973 - 15 Mar 1995|
|A3092||221/11/6 PART 5B||Netherlands New Guinea||27 Sep 1961 - 31 Oct 1961|
|A12812||42||Inquiry into Windsor telephone exchange, Victoria - Statement of evidence, originating papers, correspondence, unnumbered submissions, briefing papers, final report, tabling details, approval of work||12 Apr 1973 - 30 May 1973|
|A6122||1094||Communist Party of Australia - Tasmania - illegal apparatus||1949 - 1956|
|A6135||K7/3/84/301||Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Dance - Corroboree at Ayers Rock||1984 - 1984|