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|
|A437||1950/6/617||Volegoff, Daniel||1950 - 1951|
|K26||MX40323||William WALKER [Regtl No. WX 5620 DOE 22/6/1940; DOD 23/11/1945]||1940 - 1995|
|A1838||1957/5/16/5 PART 1||[file title withheld]||1973 - 1974|
|A1533||1953/286||STAVRINIDES, Petros John [0.5cm]||1953 - 1966|
|A1838||189/11/52 PART 1||Pakistan Relations with USSR||1948 - 1957|
|D2952||PL45/79||Thevenard line - Application from Highways Department for temporary occupation crossing approximately 20km [20.173 exact]||1979 - 1979|
|D4082||WB421||Derek [ William ] Doble||1963 - 1963|
|B73||H96448||QUINN, Herbert Martin||1916 - 1956|
|PP911/1||MX27853 VOLUME 1||Edward Raymond Woods||1946 - 1963|
|MP341/1||1934/9546||Stamps Philatelic Exhibitions||1934 - 1934|
|A1838||1743/1/4 PART 6||Special Antarctic treaty - Consultative meeting - Canberra - Buenos Aires 1978||1978 - 1978|
|A12812||77||Inquiry into Puckkapunyal - W.R.A.C.S. accommodation - Originating papers, unnumbered submissions, briefing papers, Correspondence||27 May 1976 - 12 Oct 1976|
|D3185||173||Torrens Island Quarantine Station photograph 173 - [portion of title exempt] onset - rash 10 April 1926 - photo taken 11 April 1926||1926 - 1926|
|A10028||800/145 PART 1||China - bi-lateral relations - China - UK||1976 - 1978|
|B551||1942/27/2997||[Release of internees]||1942 - 1942|
|A1838||720/4/9 PART 48||Australian atomic energy - Non proliferation aspects of uranium enrichment||1982 - 1982|
|B741||V/4813||David Connolly or David Case||1928 - 1929|
|K403||W59/1429 PART 7||[Immigration Department] Aliens registration - general - annual notification under the Aliens Act||1971 - 1972|
|A1928||1181/35/10/2 VIC||War. Emergency Civilian Medical Practitioners Service Return of Expenditure Queries regarding Accounts and Fees (Victoria.||1943 - 1946|
|A13883||112/1 PART 5||Singapore economic - commercial and industrial policies||31 Mar 1964 - 09 Aug 1965|