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|
|A8307||REGISTER 128||Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948-1973 - Register of Births, London - No 128||1979 - 1980|
|A1838||3107/40/147 PART 5||China - Foreign policy - Relations with India||1959 - 1959|
|A6122||1121/REFERENCE COPY||Communist Party of Australia - Italian Club Victoria||1939 - 1955|
|AWM54||320/3/58||[Enemy Equipment - Types:] Japanese Demolition Clocks - Discovered on Luzon, during operations||1945 - 1945|
|A1946||1967/1459||Bombing and Shelling of North Vietnam Policy File||1967 - 1973|
|A12396||2||Royal Commission on Intelligence and Security - Inventory of Records - Part 3 (Details of Documents in Series HD1 and HD2) - Section 3.1 (A and AA documents from ASIO)||1977 - 1977|
|A9816||1944/482||Housing - Exchange of Information with USSR||1944 - 1945|
|C138||H51947||MILES, Alfred Herbert - Service Number - N93855||1991 - 1992|
|A3963||S1/1/1||Royal Commission on Petroleum. Ampol. 5.11.73 - 18.9.74||1973 - 1974|
|MP727/1||GP4/617||Police Prosecution arising from fraudulent claims for dependants allowance.||1943 - 1944|
|A3959||A3/6/2||Consultants A.D. Little (USA) Work Programme & Allied Matter.||1975 - 1976|
|C321||N1969/52701||Morrison, William Kenneth [Box 393]||1969 - 1979|
|A1838||1495/9/1 PART 2||Antarctica - Japanese interests [3cm]||1962 - 1969|
|A6135||K30/11/72/9||Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Relics - Entrance to Oenberna burial ground||1972 - 1972|
|E72||D6132/6||[Portion of Title Expunged] Stone, Robert Joseph Cecil - Stone, Patricia Gaye Rosina by Burton, Mr and Mrs W C||1957 - 1958|
|A467||SF42/30||[Communism] : Anonymous letter re communist members of the N.S.W. State Council of the Australian Railways Union.||09 May 1940 - 16 May 1940|
|F1||1972/6972||Aboriginal traditional sites - Finke (1:250000) - (88)||1972 - 1972|
|E72||D11899/2||[Portion of Title Expunged] McCall Dominic Sabina - Anderson Peter Noel and Dorothy||1962 - 1962|
|MP367/1||520/2/778||Case of Captain (Hon Major) CW Strong (AAVC [Australian Army Veterinary Corps] Permit)||1921 - 1922|
|C605||LA78||Headquarters staff, AWLA [Australian Women's Land Army] - Mrs T Spackman||1942 - 1943|