A new-look RecordSearch

Take a new look at our collection search. We would welcome your feedback on this prototype discovery layer for RecordSearch.

Price increase

From Tuesday 4 October 2016 the cost to order digital copies of records will increase. As part of the move to provide more of our services online, these price changes will enable the cost-recovery of digitisation and ensure greater digital access to the collection in the future.

Price increases from 4 October 2016

  • Requests for digital copies of records
  • Requests to copy and view audiovisual records in reading rooms

Price increases from 24 October 2016

  • Photocopying of records in reading rooms
  • Certification of records

Search the collection

Use RecordSearch to search our collection.

Note: RecordSearch contains names and images of Indigenous Australians now deceased.

Need proof of arrival in Australia?

Make a request

Searching for a relative's service record?

Researching war service includes information about finding a service record, printing a record, abbreviations, photographs, service medals and more.

Ask us a question

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask us a question.

We undertake basic reference work free of charge and aim to respond to inquiries within 30 business days. 

Access Examination

Under the Archives Act 1983, the Archives examines records prior to their release to ensure they do not contain material of continuing sensitivity.

RecordSearch Forum

The RecordSearch Forum is a place where you can share tips on using RecordSearch with other users, ask questions about how best to search for records, or provide feedback to the Archives on RecordSearch.

We've gone digital

As part of our move to delivering services online and in digital format, we have ceased our print copy service. You now have the option to purchase an online copy of records in our collection and then print your own copy if you choose to.

You can still order high-resolution digital copies of photographs through PhotoSearch and RecordSearch and all digital copies will still be available for viewing in RecordSearch.

Original records continue to be available through reading rooms, where you can use your digital camera to capture images of records.

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