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|
|A1838||720/5/22 PART 9||Atomic energy - Australia - Relations with China||1984 - 1985|
|M3357||REPORT 1||Review of Australia's defence exports and defence industry - Vol.1 - copy 12 of 12||1986 - 1986|
|B922||V1965/66505 PART 4||Italian criminal society in Australia||1969 - 1981|
|A1838||316/1/6 PART 14||Fiji - Administration - Political - General||1981 - 1982|
|A13147||NSR 80||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (Maritime Industry) Regulations. Order No 1, 3-19, 21, 23-36, 38-40, 42, 43, 45, 46, 48-51, 54-58, 61||14 Jan 1942 - 09 Apr 1947|
|A1838||189/2/6/4 PART 4||Pakistan States - East Pakistan||1970 - 1971|
|C4076||HN16105B||Wingham post office, 1983 [photographic image]: [front view with cars in front of building]. 1 photographic negative (2 of 4 images), colour; 35mm, on film strip||1983 - 1983|
|A9414||1968/4201 TO 1969/412||File Registers for Prime Minister's Department series A463 and A1209 [file numbersfor 1969 are incomplete]||1968 - 1969|
|A1838||3000/2/12 PART 8||Indo China - Relations between Laos, Kampuchea, Vietnam||1983 - 1984|
|CP698/2||BUNDLE 1||No title||01 Jan 1800 - 01 Jan 1800|
|PP946/1||HKM33968||CASSIDY, James Robert Mcgowan - Service Number - WX11323||1955 - 1979|
|A518||P112/6/3||Notes on supplies of phosphates for London Conference||1955 - 1955|
|C139||MX128989 PART 2||Kenneth Bruce PETTET [Repatriation medical file] [Box 4962]||1945 - 1967|
|MP273/1||1927/381||Mr. G. N. Rogers, Lineman, applies for an advance to purchase a dental plate||1927 - 1927|
|A11235||55||Senate Journals - 55th Session of Parliament - Volume containing Journal No. 1 (28 February 1974) to Journal No. 16 (19 April 1974) together with Sessional Papers||1974 - 1974|
|A705||55/1/764||Recommendations from NE Area for Immediate and Periodical operational awards quarter ending 31/3/45||1945 - 1945|
|B73||H56198||MACNEIL, Alexander Rowan - Service Number - VX39150||1915 - 1952|
|A7326||BJ801/13/2 Part 6||China - Political and General - relations with Hong Kong||17 Aug 1982 - 31 Dec 1982|
|K26||MX51932||Sydney Wallam||1942 - 1986|
|A1533||1968/1593||Sinking of MV Wahine New Zealand||1968 - 1968|