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Archival records - access to records under the Archives Act 1983

The Archives Act 1983 (the Act) provides a public right of access to Commonwealth government 'Open Period records’ i.e., records that are 20 or more years old. The National Archives website provides information on submitting an access application online using RecordSearch

If you have an urgent enquiry, please contact:

Phone: +61 2 6212 3600


The Act also allows certain categories of researchers’ special access to Commonwealth records not publicly available. For information regarding eligibility for special access, please check the National Archives website.

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