Using the collection

The National Archives collection mainly documents Australian Government activities since Federation in 1901. Most of our records are files of documents, but our collection includes posters, plans, films, sound recordings, videotapes, digital records and many photographs.

Under the Archives Act 1983, most Commonwealth records are available for public access once they enter the open access period.

To access records you can:

You can also visit a reading room to view original records and conduct further research.

There is no charge to view original records or to use research aids.  We do charge for ordering copies of records from our collection. 


Fact Sheets

Fact sheets introduce you to a variety of subjects and people represented in the collection, and are a useful starting point for research.

Posters in the collection

The Archives' collection contains a variety of promotional posters produced by the Commonwealth, State governments and private enterprise.

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