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|
|A437||1947/6/10||Pallaser-Hohenstein, Robert Frans - Alien control||1946 - 1948|
|B44||V1976/9234||Cakakios [Cacakios], George||1976 - 1977|
|A1838||720/5/7 PART 13||Atomic energy - Australia - Relations with India||1984 - 1985|
|A1838||311/6/3/1 PART 3||Nauru - Scientific and agricultural phosphates - Phosphate Commissioners||1970 - 1979|
|B26||MX10960 PART 2||Gavin, Herbert Robert John||1940 - 1975|
|A1838||3004/13/18 PART 1||Neutralism in South East Asia [2cms]||1959 - 1971|
|AWM54||179/10/1||[Chemical Warfare - Supply:] 1) Axis gas storage dumps and depots for gas; 2) Annex 1 to War Office Weekly Intelligence Summary, No 148, Jun 1942 - German Smoke troops||1943 - 1943|
|A750||1991/1120||Hon EG Whitlam - personal records||1991 - 1995|
|A1838||3127/11/147||Korea - Relations with India||1949 - 1987|
|A6980||S250983||Admission of Japanese - policy - Part 4||1970 - 1971|
|M2641||1975-5/4 PART 1||Minister Legal & Treaties (Law of the Sea; UN Legal)||1975 - 1980|
|A4243||76||Tasmanian Board Mills Limited||1974 - 1976|
|A13147||NSR 214||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Egg Vendors (South Australia) Order. Regulation 59||20 Sep 1943 - 25 Jan 1946|
|C163||WHOLE SERIES||[Veteran's Affairs] Personal case files, single number series with 'Q' prefix (query files)||1914 - 1992|
|M3357||RJC/45/2||ASEAN draft chapter 2||1985 - 1985|
|B337||320||Harrison, Violet||1930 - 1930|
|A1533||1971/1439 C||ROWLAND, Keren Ellen - Missing person - Questionaire's||1971 - 1971|
|A7342||P57||History of, and services provided by the Repatriation Commission and the Repatriation Department - Prosthesis - Manufacture at Repatriation Artificial Limb Factory - Double amputee on wood stumps||1961 - 1961|
|A1838||338/1 PART 34||South Pacific Condominium Territories - New Hebrides - Administration - General||1979 - 1980|
|A11235||7||Senate Journals - 7th Session of Parliament - Volume containing Journal No. 1 (3 July 1907) to Journal No. 115 (5 June 1908) together with Sessional Papers and Select Committee Reports and Petitions||1907 - 1908|