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|
|A1838||697/8/5/6 PART 1||Defence - Indian Ocean - Zone of peace - United Nations ad hoc committee on Indian Ocean||1982 - 1983|
|A518||852/1/85||New Guinea - Staff - J Ward; Assistant Warden [1cm]||1927 - 1929|
|A1838||3107/40/147 PART 12||China - Relations with India||1962 - 1962|
|A1928||1181/62 SECTION 2||War Emergency Civil Medical Practitioners service overseas travelling fellowships. General. Section 2.||1945 - 1947|
|B741||V/11494||Alice Morgan||1933 - 1937|
|C4076||HN6205||Morisset Post Office||1985 - 1985|
|A452||1962/4173||Entry of Asians into Papua and New Guinea - Mr B F Hsu and Mr S Y Lai - Members of Chinese communist trade delegation||1962 - 1962|
|C138||HB11004||REGAN, Ivy H beneficiary of REGAN, Sydney John - Service Number - 6118||1990 - 1992|
|A9737||1990/5398 PART 3||Fiji coup||21 May 1987 - 25 May 1987|
|C138||M68867||Hector Joseph MOOD [Repatriation medical case file] [Box 16386]||1953 - 1974|
|MP529/2||LUTTERBY/HFW||Dossier of Lutterby, Henry Frederick William [Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm] - Dossier No. 1417||1939 - 1940|
|A13147||NSR 331||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (Man Power) Regulations. Declaration of Protected Undertakings. Regulation 5||05 Jan 1944 - 28 Apr 1944|
|A1838||3107/2/10/1 PART 3||China - Political - United States State Department or other Despatches - Annual - Semi-Annual Correspondence Only||1972 - 1973|
|A7452||A35||National Intelligence Committee Standing Group on intelligence priorities||1974 - 1977|
|A2487||1922/10355||[Medical survey sheet and particulars of pay - W R Birch]||1922 - 1922|
|PP18/1||RKM32132||READ, Graham Lawson - Service Number - 5/1209||1949 - 1950|
|A13147||NSR 161||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Control of Cordage Cotton Order. Control of Imported Spun Cotton Order. Control of Cotton Materials Order. Regulation 59||19 Dec 1941 - 13 Mar 1942|
|D2952||PL44/1980||Lock - Extension to siding [Drawing of proposed siding extension at Lock - Scale 1:480]||1980 - 1981|
|K60||MKM32015||WEARNE, Leonard Allen - Service Number - WX500381||1946 - 1984|
|A7452||A122||Royal Commission on intelligence and security [RCIS] request for information||1947 - 1977|