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|
|MP16/1||1918/470||Turner, Wallie||1918 - 1918|
|D2952||PL115/1981||Proposed closure of Innes Avenue level crossing [Newspaper article reporting proposed closure of Innes Avenue crossing, plan showing location of crossing - Thevenard Station Yard]||1981 - 1982|
|A1500||K6900 FR||FOLIO REMOVAL - 1 NEGATIVE - Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Art - Cave paintings and carving, Ayers Rock||1961 - 1961|
|B73||M13873||Westcott, William Charles [3.5 cm]||1916 - 1952|
|K38||1980/556||Commonwealth Employment Service (administration) CES policy on discrimination [Department of Labour/Employment]||1980 - 1984|
|AWM54||244/2/11||[Demolitions - Schemes:] Demolition - Albert Railway Bridge, Indooroopilly, Brisbane Fortress Area, Belt "G", Jan 1943||1943 - 1943|
|AWM347||189||[Directorate of Military Intelligence] First Commando Regiment - Standing Operation Procedures for Training and Safety - Part 3 - Special Warfare Operations - SOP 45-59 - 1984||1984 - 1984|
|A1838||1634/78/4/1 PART 1||Indo-chinese refugees - Other United Nations and international action - Special United Nations meetings, Geneva July 1975||1979 - 1979|
|A1838||3107/40/161 PART 29||China - Relations with United States of America||1972 - 1972|
|A12812||22||Inquiry into Darwin Sewerage - Statement of evidence, originating papers, correspondence, unnumbered submissions, briefing papers, final report, tabling details, approval of work||04 Jul 1972 - 13 Jul 1976|
|A6980||S203049||MOURAVIEFF Alexander Alexandrovich||1958 - 1974|
|A4529||10/1/2/1955 PART 2||Indo-China: Information for JIB [Joint Intelligence Bureau]||1955 - 1956|
|F1||1970/1005||Access Ways and Garages - Wood Street Flats||1959 - 1969|
|A432||1931/143||Income Tax Assessment Act 1922/30 - Sec 20(2) Income Tax Acts 1930 (Nos. 51 & 61 of 1930) - Sec.7A||1931 - 1931|
|K26||MX52241||Norman John Munro||1940 - 1988|
|A3092||221/12/2/2 PART 2C||Recognition of Communist China||01 Jun 1964 - 27 Nov 1964|
|K60||MBKM32132||READ, Eva Lucille beneficiary of READ, Graham Lawson - Service Number - 5/1209||1951 - 1984|
|A1838||48/1/3/4 PART 4||Poland - Visitors to Australia||1978 - 1983|
|C4076||HN17338||Cumnock Post Office (see HN16032)||1980 - 1980|
|A1838||720/4/9 PART 22||Australian atomic energy - Uranium enrichment non proliferation aspects||1979 - 1979|