Facts and figures

6,518

Schoolchildren came and saw the original Australian Constitution at the Archives during 2011-12.

40,063

Kilowatt hours of solar energy produced by the National Archives during 2011-12.

2.57

Shelf kilometres of records transferred from government agencies to the Archives during 2011-12.

24,660,363

Total number of digitised pages now loaded to the Archives' collection database, RecordSearch.

4,632,240

Number of search sessions during 2011-12 of the Archives' online collection database, RecordSearch.

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.

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
  • government accountability.


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