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|
|A3963||S1/21||Royal Commission on Petroleum - Woodside Burmeh Oil N.L.||1974 - 1976|
|A13141||FOC7 (8J)||Senate Select Committee on Foreign Ownership and Control of Australian Resources - Correspondence - Mining||Mar 1972 - Jan 1974|
|C3428||RIDGEWAY LA PART 7||Ridgeway, Leslie Arthur (personal file) [Box 21]||1981 - 1985|
|A1838||3027/2/9 PART 66||Malaysia - Internal security - General||1979 - 1981|
|PP618/1||73/419||[Civil Aviation] Cunderdin - government aerodrome||1973 - 1974|
|A1838||759/2 PART 29||Japan - Reports on Economic Developments||1973 - 1974|
|B73||M20430||THOMPSON, Thomas William||1916 - 1962|
|B26||MX192275||BISH, Donald James||1943 - 1989|
|AWM54||179/1/20 PART 2||[Chemical Warfare - General:] Allied Land Forces, South West Pacific Area: Technical Notes and Staff Notes - Chemical Warfare, Oct 1942 [Part 2 of 19]||1942 - 1942|
|A12812||59||Inquiry into Australian government offices, Casurina, NT - Statement of evidence, terms of reference, correspondence||07 Mar 1974 - 21 Jan 1975|
|B26||HX77674||Cahill,Kevin Patrick||1946 - 1957|
|A434||1948/3/1776||Johann Georg Linsenmeier [Maria Marghareta, Gustav Adolf, Hildegarde Ruth, Ernst Erich, Konrad, Irmela and Ingeborg Else Linsenmeier] - Admission||1947 - 1948|
|A1209||1959/143||Brian Rebbechi's talks on "Industrial development in the Far East"||1959 - 1959|
|AWM54||179/3/3 PART 5||[Chemical Warfare - Types of Agents:] Canada, Sub-Committee on Physiological Aspects of Chemical Warfare, Dec 1943 - Report on Treatment of Phosgene Poisoning||1943 - 1943|
|A1838||69/4/7/2 PART 1||Political - USSR [Union of Soviet Socialist Republics] - Social and cultural - Science and environment - Chernobyl nuclear accident||1986 - 1986|
|A2539||B1989/135||Brief for the Timor Gap Zone of Cooperation Negotiations in Jogjakarta 11-16 September 1989||1989 - 1989|
|K60||HKM39793||SMITH, William Richard - Service Number - 6/803||1984 - 1987|
|A1209||1981/1791 PART 3||Australia's relations with Indonesia - East Timor||1982 - 1982|
|A14039||8056||Cabinet Memorandum 8056 - Title exempt - Decision 15324/SEC||25 Jun 1991 - 02 Jul 1991|
|AWM114||481/7/3||[Medical - Statistics and Graphs:] 130 Australian General Hospital - AIF Admission and Discharge Book (Jun-Dec)||1947 - 1947|