National Archives of Australia

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Kings Avenue; Parkes ACT 2600


+61-2 6212 3600


+61-2 6212 3699


The National Archives of Australia, as it is known today, did not always exist in its current form. From 1913 to now, the ways Australia has preserved its Commonwealth records have continued to evolve. A need to protect Second World War records paved the way for archiving all Commonwealth records.

First created as a part of the National Library of Australia, the National Archives developed into an independent agency in 1961 and its functions were passed into law in 1983.

As the National Archives has grown, so has its expertise, its premises, and the many ways the collection can be accessed. Today it is the memory of the nation, safeguarding Australian history into the future.

Opening Times

Monday–Friday: 9:30 am–4:30 pm

Saturday–Sunday: Closed

Conditions of Access

You will need to request records to view and book a time to visit in advance. Please complete an advance request for records and the National Archives will contact you to confirm your booking.


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