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|
|AWM54||179/2/7||[Chemical Warfare - Training:] Report by Major General H W Goldney on a visit to Australia and Washington, 24 Dec 1943 - 6 Feb 1944||1943 - 1944|
|A1838||686/2/24 PART 1||Defence - ANZUS - 31st ANZUS council meeting June 1982||1981 - 1982|
|A1838||3107/2/2 PART 3||China - Political Information - United Kingdom - Summaries||1961 - 1963|
|A3968||EXHIBITS 268 TO 270||?Confidential material from Mobil Oil Australia Limited?||1969 - 1975|
|B741||V/22689||Reinhold Boelter||1944 - 1953|
|A13014||F.6.10.1||Follow up on Committee Reports - Inquiry into Banking - Background Material||13 May 1989 - 03 Dec 1992|
|A1838||1733/3/2 PART 6||Law of the sea - Delimitation - Australia - Indonesia [Timor]||1978 - 1979|
|D4082||WB653||Ronald Fraser||1966 - 1967|
|B73||H49098||LEWIS, Howell Edward [14 pages]||1949 - 1949|
|B741||V/1295||Mrs Olle - Inquiries to Trace||1924 - 1932|
|A1928||1181/47/3/20||War. MECC (Medical Equipment Control Committee) & CMCC (Central Medical Coordination Committee) Staff. Miss J.B. Skeels||1945 - 1945|
|A6122||1026||Communist Party of Australia. New South Wales Schools [Volume 1]||1949 - 1958|
|A3968||EXHIBITS 368A TO 370||(Sheer Australia, Mobile Oil Australia, Confidential imformation.)||1972 - 1975|
|B26||MX53065 PART 2||LEONARD, Charles James Henry||1952 - 1994|
|A6119||296||Edward George ROBERTSON Volume 3||1949 - 1959|
|A432||1985/16294||Kokotovic J, Nekic M, Zvirotic, Bebic M, Brajkovic - versus - Regina - subpoena to produce documents||1985 - 1987|
|A3963||S6/7||West Australian Petroleum Pty.Ltd.||1974 - 1975|
|A7322||49||General administrative files - Defence Sub-Committee - Unnumbered submissions - Newcastle Dockyard||23 Aug 1979 - 02 Feb 1982|
|A1928||1023/56||Staff Permanent - Central W.H. Platt||1931 - 1947|
|A2487||1922/3833||[Question of Departmental liability for medical treatment for ex-servicemen - Arthur Bricknell]||1922 - 1922|