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|
|K26||MX52400 VOL 2||Oscar Desmond Drew||1932 - 1960|
|B26||RX42706||SCOTT, Andrew Hawkins||1939 - 1945|
|A1838||3081/2/9/3 PART 3||Papua New Guinea - Internal security - Terrorism||1977 - 1978|
|A3959||A2/7||Staff. RYAN, M.M.||1973 - 1976|
|A4243||73||Kibuka Mines Pty. Ltd.||1974 - 1976|
|CP71/16||WHOLE SERIES||Parliamentary Joint Committee on Rural Industries. Transcripts of Evidence.||1942 - 1942|
|A705||42/2/197||[Compensation - Accidents in Service] - Late F/O Holtham, W - Trust account in respect of [2.5cms]||1926 - 1946|
|K26||MX9534||Robert McLeod||1941 - 1973|
|D761||160/11/2 PART 22||Quarantine health reports Port Adelaide and Port Stanvac [This is a general file containing a number of reports under section 11 regulation 20 of the quarantine act from various ships filed chronologically. Each report is accompanied by a crew and passenger list if appropriate]||1973 - 1974|
|PP911/1||HX41993||Brian Frederick Carlin||1948 - 1963|
|A10497||6||Registers of citizenship by descent - birth registers (Cairo)||1950 - 1994|
|D3185||154||Torrens Island Quarantine Station photograph 154 - [portion of title exempt] onset about 2 April rash about 5 April photo taken 12 April 1926||1926 - 1926|
|A518||A846/2/51||Nauru Ordinances - Suspension of Sentences Ordinances||1965 - 1966|
|M3357||RJC/400/7||Defence Facilities - briefings security||1987 - 1987|
|MP5/21||6||Registered Traders||1946 - 1947|
|A10028||800/151 PART 7||China : relations with Vietnam||23 Feb 1979 - 14 Mar 1979|
|A6135||K4/3/74/29||Aboriginal people and torres strait islander peoples - Types - Ayers Rock Captain - Ayers Rock corroboree child||1974 - 1974|
|A432||1955/4422 PART 3||Communist Party - General||01 Jan 1800 - 01 Jan 1800|
|A11960||1915/198||Site for Small Arms Factory Canberra||1915 - 1915|
|A4071||VOLUME 7||Australian Post Office Commission of Inquiry||1973 - 1974|