The National Archives of Australia was established under the Archives Act 1983 as an executive agency of the Australian Government.
The organisation reports to the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC.
Like all government agencies, the National Archives is accountable to the Australian people.
The National Archives of Australia Advisory Council has the role of advising our Minister and Director-General on matters of relevance to the Archives.
The Director-General and executive provide leadership to the organisation. Each member of the leadership team has responsibility for one of the Archives branches which work together to meet the organisation's goals.
An Australia-wide presence
You can visit the Archives in all state and territory capital cities. Our head office and exhibition spaces are in Canberra, and all centres offer public reading rooms where visitors are able to examine original records. Some offices are co-located with the state or territory archives, providing one-stop public access. The Archives collection is housed in several repositories located around Australia. We offer a high standard of service as outlined in our Service charter.
The Archives' offices in Melbourne, Darwin, Adelaide and Hobart are co-located with state archival institutions, providing researchers with access to both state and Commonwealth records from shared reading rooms.
Guides to Commonwealth records in co-located offices, or relating to the relevant state or territory, assist researchers in accessing collection material. Collections in Melbourne. A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records (2003) is a guide to records held in Melbourne. Commonwealth Government Records about the Northern Territory was launched on 1 July 2011, Government Records about the Australian Capital Territory was launched in 2013, and a research guide on Tasmanian archival records will be launched in 2014.