The National Archives of Australia is 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 the collection, online or in person, to learn more.

The National Archives also plays a key role in ensuring the Australian Government and its departments are effective and accountable to the people through promoting good information management. In fulfilling these responsibilities, we ensure that Australians have access to a national archival collection so they may better understand their heritage and democracy.

The Archives also holds personal archives collections of those who have had a close association with the Commonwealth, such as prime ministers, High Court judges and governors-general.


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