Access to State archives - your rights

Public access to the records of government is a fundamental right in a democratic society.

The State Records Act 1998 promotes the principles of accountability and access by requiring public offices to create records of their business and administrative transactions and ensuring that records of significant value are preserved. The underlying principle is that all records of enduring value will be publicly available in due course.

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Accessing the records guide

State records are open to public access after 20 years unless the record is subject to an early access authorisation or a closed to public access direction

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Register of access directions

This register lists access directions to State records under the State Records Act 1998