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|
|C139||CX5118 PART 1||Ernest Maxwell SAWYER [Repatriation pension file] [Box A6283]||1945 - 1975|
|D363||MB9249 PART 1||PREECE, Phyllis beneficiary of PREECE, Roy Garnett - Service Number - 49||1988 - 1996|
|B44||V1976/2609||CARRARINI, Socrate||1975 - 1976|
|A6122||864||Communist Party of Australia - Western Australia, Freemantle branch.||1949 - 1956|
|A13883||202/2 PART 3||Singapore constitution - progress talks - London - 1956||26 May 1956 - 24 Sep 1956|
|A1838||1558/1/44 PART 50||International Court of Justice - Advisory opinions French Nuclear tests Australia vs France||1974 - 1974|
|A452||1967/1584||Joint Planning Committee - Study of Defence implications, Nauru in the event of self-determinatin [0.5cm]||1967 - 1967|
|AWM239||83||RAN Medical Officers' Journal: FRANKLIN (1 January 1922 - 7 July 1930)||1922 - 1930|
|D4082||AO461||John Murray||1973 - 1973|
|A13147||NSR 213||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Reg 4 (AL.1); Reg 6 (AL.2); Reg 35 (AL.3); Reg 39 (AL.4); Reg 54 (AL.5-74); Reg 55 (AL 75-84)||17 Dec 1941 - 17 Feb 1942|
|A3963||S4/10||Govt. of West Australia||1974 - 1976|
|A12812||39||Inquiry into Wellington telephone exchange, Perth - Statement of evidence, originating papers, correspondence, unnumbered submissions, briefing papers, final report, tabling details||14 Mar 1973 - 23 Aug 1973|
|A13014||F.1.3||Follow-up on Committee Reports - A year's Experience||27 Oct 1977 - 22 Feb 1979|
|A1838||699/9/4 PART 4||Defence - Cooperation with Fiji||1979 - 1980|
|A432||1931/1109||Estate Duty Assessment Act 1914-28. Estate of late Annie E. Hargraves||1931 - 1931|
|A703||662/3/43 PT1||unknown||1961 - 1968|
|PP22/1||RX13489||Milton Henry GRAY WX11380||1946 - 1946|
|A1838||1490/17/5 PART 7||Legal aspects of Papua New Guinea independence - Defence||1976 - 1978|
|A1928||195/263||Conferences & Congresses Fourth International Congress on Tropical Medicine. April, 1948||1947 - 1949|
|A1945||248/7/34||Country study of Indonesia||1959 - 1959|