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|
|A1209||1964/6310||The outlook for North Vietnam [part of title exempt]||1964 - 1964|
|C150||WHOLE SERIES||[Veteran's Affairs] Personal case files, single number series with 'CN' prefix (Canadian pensioners, 1914-1918 War)||1939 - 1995|
|M3351||3||[Papers of the Hon Kim Christian BEAZLEY AC relating to foreign affairs and defence] The David COMBE/Valeriy IVANOV Royal Commission on Australian Security and Intelligence Agencies: Hope Commission||1983 - 1983|
|A1838||1558/1/44 PART 10||International Court of Justice - Advisory opinions French Nuclear tests Australia vs France||1973 - 1973|
|A1838||3006/3/3 PART 9||Cambodia relations with Thailand||1963 - 1965|
|A7991||11||Visit to New Caledonia||02 Nov 1988 - 27 Jun 1989|
|A13147||NSR 512||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Reg 4 (S.8-26); Reg 35 (S.27); Reg 53(2) (S.28); Reg 54 (S.29-70) and Reg 55 (S.71-77)||13 Apr 1941 - 18 May 1941|
|A10468||WC1/1||Far Eastern Advisory Commission. Working Committee No 1. United States Initial Post Surrender Policy for Japan. Note by the Secretary General||1945 - 1945|
|A518||K815/1/6||Post War Reconstruction - Town reconstruction - Town allotments for Asiatics - Policy - Kokopo||1947 - 1947|
|D3185||140||Torrens Island Quarantine Station photograph 140 - [portion of title exempt] taken on arrival at infectious diseases hospital 11 April 1926||1926 - 1926|
|PP870/1||HKM34922||BRASHAW Harry Arthur - Service Number PM8314, R33364||1958 - 1958|
|M3357||RJC/45/6||Recommendations||1985 - 1986|
|A2487||1921/10206||[M E Smith and J W Steward (alias Stirling) - Question of State or Commonwealth responsibility]||1919 - 1921|
|A1838||250/11/18 PART 19||USA - Defence - ANZUS||1985 - 1985|
|A5803||3||Inquiry into Policies & Programs for Advancement of Aboriginal & Island People - Transcripts - Moree, Sydney, Canberra||27 Jul 1973 - 09 Aug 1973|
|A12812||3||Inquiry into Bathurst Post Office and exchange - Background information, Statement of evidence, originating papers, correspondence, unnumbered submissions, briefing papers, final report, tabling details, approval of work||07 Dec 1950 - 29 Aug 1972|
|D363||H18086 PART 3||SPRINGBETT, Ernest Harold - Service Number - 25957||1989 - 1989|
|CP548/1||253||Mite Infested Chaff||1946 - 1946|
|D3185||148||Torrens Island Quarantine Station photograph 148 - [portion of title exempt] confluent patches on forearms pustules developing on hands 26 April 1926||1926 - 1926|
|PP913/1||HX6851||Vernon Pollock Leach||1951 - 1956|