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|
|CP548/1||D303||Tasmanian Whole Milk Subsidy (after Sept. 48)||1948 - 1948|
|D363||H17666 PART 4||JOHNSTON, Maxwell Glen - Service Number - 26925||1988 - 1993|
|PP681/1||MKM34681||WYATT, Arthur - Service Number - 4251, A31257||1939 - 1978|
|C3241||MP4038||Cessnock - Clearance of Letters Receivers [mail porterage files] [box 187]||1972 - 1978|
|B441||65/90 PART5||Research - WMO [World Meteorological Organization] Weather Modification Programme - Precipitation Enhancement Project||1979 - 1981|
|A13147||NSR 144||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (Universities Commission ) Regulations. Orders under Regulation 6A||23 Feb 1944 - 13 Aug 1945|
|A1838||766/2 PART 16||Communist China - Reports on Economic Development||1970 - 1970|
|A2487||1922/14544||[James Claude McGrath - Service Number 2114 - Application for medical treatment]||1922 - 1922|
|A10872||100/1/6/2||Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) - Director [modified title, original title partially exempt]||1957 - 1960|
|A1838||317/1/2 PART 11||Solomon Islands - Political - General||1982 - 1982|
|A1209||1959/870||Trials of air to air weapon - Red top||1959 - 1959|
|A7322||56||General administrative files - Defence Sub-Committee - Briefing papers - Defence force structure - strategic assessments||10 Jun 1980 - 01 Jun 1982|
|A2031||243/1947||243/1947 : Exchange of secret information between Australia and the United States : Agendum Number 17/1947 : Date of meeting - 22 July 1947||1947 - 1947|
|A1209||1958/5718||[Portion of title exempt] JIB [Joint Intelligence Bureau] report 1954 [113pp]||1954 - 1954|
|A446||1967/32853||O'Neill, Thomas [and family - repatriation to Ireland]||1963 - 1968|
|A6122||503||Communist Party of Australia - Branches Victoria St. Kilda Branch Volume 1||1949 - 1949|
|A1838||720/5/7 PART 12||Atomic energy - Australia - Relations with India||1983 - 1984|
|A1209||1981/337 PART 3||Sinai peacekeeping force||1981 - 1981|
|PP913/1||HX57796||William Joseph Sheridan||1927 - 1955|
|B26||MX214975 PART 1||Register, Norman Alan||1942 - 1993|