National Archives of Australia

Welcome to the National Archives

Who we are

The National Archives of Australia can best be described as the memory of our nation – collecting and preserving Australian Government records that reflect our history and identity.

Our collection traces events and decisions that have shaped the nation and the lives of Australians. Visitors are welcome to explore our collection, online or in person, to learn more.

As well as preserving our history, the National Archives plays a key role in helping to ensure the Australian Government and its departments are effective and accountable to the people

Research and Key Research Areas

What we do

Under the Archives Act 1983, the National Archives has two main roles:

  • to preserve Australia’s most valuable government records and encourage their use by the public; and
  • to promote good records management by Australian Government agencies.

In fulfilling these responsibilities, we ensure that Australians have access to a national archival collection so they may better understand their heritage and democracy.

Through individuals’ interaction with various government departments, aspects of their lives are preserved for future generations. Family historians find a wealth of information in our records, as do academics and other researchers.

We encourage good records management by government agencies to support:

  • Australia's cultural heritage
  • the rights and entitlements of citizens
  • informed decision-making
Data Profile
National Archives of Australia has 0 data records in Research Data Australia, which cover 7 subjects areas including ANZACS, Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) and CURATORIAL AND RELATED STUDIES and involve 0 group(s). All of the information provided by National Archives of Australia can be accessed from the box on the right hand side of this page.

Collaborative research

The Archives also participates in collaborative research with universities and other cultural institutions through the Australian Research Council grants scheme. For example, the National Archives is one of the partner organisations with the Departments of Veterans' Affairs and Defence and the Australian War Memorial in the Australian National University's four-year project titled 'Serving Our Country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia' which commenced in June 2013.

Research Support

Supporting archival research

One of the National Archives' key roles is to promote archival research in Australia and to encourage scholarly use of our collection. The Archives' grant program is currently under review.

In past years the Archives has awarded three research grants: 

Postgraduate scholarships

The National Archives and the Australian Historical Association provide postgraduate scholarships for the digitisation of records.


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National Archives of Australia, National Office, Canberra 
Tel: + 61 2 6212 3600     

Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600, AUSTRALIA 

PO Box 7425, Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610, AUSTRALIA

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