Canberra national office

National Archives' Canberra head office, south-eastern entrance

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace 

Tel: (02) 6212 3600, Fax: (02) 6212 3699
PO Box 4924, KINGSTON ACT 2604

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The Archives' National Office in the East Block building, Canberra, is relocating to Old Parliament House from 16 October 2017 to late 2018.

The Canberra reading room will be closed from Monday 6 October to Friday 13 October.

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From close of business on Sunday 17 September the visitor entry will be closed. The Kings Avenue business entrance will remain open until close of business on Friday 6 October.

Opening hours

Reading room

Due to the relocation of the Archives' National Office, the Canberra reading room will be closed from Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October 2017. The reading room will reopen at Old Parliament House on Monday 16 October 2017. Access to original records will not be available while the reading room is closed. More information.

9am to 5pm weekdays, closed public holidays.

Open until 7pm each Tuesday.

Records are delivered each weekday at 9.30am, 12pm and 2:30pm. If you wish to receive records as part of a specific delivery, please request them in the reading room at least 3 hours before the desired delivery time. We will endeavour to deliver records as soon as possible, but in cases where records have special preservation needs or in times of peak demand there may be delays.

Exhibition galleries

From close of business on Sunday 17 September 2017 all galleries will be closed. A display of facsimiles of the Constitution and other founding documents will be housed at Old Parliament House from Monday 16 October.

9am to 5pm daily (except Christmas Day and Good Friday)

Coffee cart

The coffee cart is closed as of Friday 25 August 2017.

Wi-Fi access

Free Wi-Fi access is available to all visitors who bring a device capable of connecting to a wireless network (eg laptop computer, mobile telephone or personal digital assistant).

Getting there

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Car parking

Visitors may use the short term parking (maximum 4 hours) at the front of the building between Queen Victoria Terrace and Kings Avenue which includes motorcycle spaces. Short stay parking is charged at $2.50 per hour and ticket machines accept Mastercard and Visa payments or coins.

Long stay parking is at the rear of the building and costs $12.00 per day. All ticket machines will accept Mastercard and Visa payments. One machine in the each all day car park will accept coins.

Tickets purchased from parking machines are transferable across car parks in Parkes, Barton, Acton and the Russell precinct. Please see map for details.


We are 300 metres from bus stops on Kings Avenue, near the corner of National Circuit. Weekday bus routes: Red Rapid 200 (wheelchair accessible), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (limited wheelchair access). Weekends routes: 934, 935 and 938 – check the timetables for wheelchair access. Maps and timetables are vailable from ACTION bus service or telephone: 13 17 10.


Taxi pick up and drop off is at our business entrance, at the front of the building.
Canberra Cabs online bookings, telephone bookings: 13 2227 / wheelchair access 6126 1596. Or sms: 0417 672 773 with your name, pickup place and time
Cabxpress online bookings, telephone bookings: 6260 6011 / wheelchair access 6260 6077

School buses and coaches

Bus parking is near the business entrance, at the corner of Queen Victoria Terrace and Kings Avenue.

Onsite accessibility

Wheelchair access

All public areas of the National Archives are wheelchair accessible. Ramps give access to both the business and visitor entrances. A wheelchair can be requested from reception on arrival.

Toilet facilities

A toilet with disabled facilities is on the ground floor, near the reading room.

Assistance animals

Visitors with recognised assistance animals, including guide and hearing dogs, are welcome.

The collection in Canberra

Because most Australian Government agencies have their central offices in Canberra, the collection is large, rich and diverse and includes many thousands of photographs.

It covers Cabinet, Federation, Prime Ministers and other leaders of the nation, and most of the activities with which the government has been involved. Several collections are particularly popular with researchers, such as ASIO and Royal Commission records.

The service records of Australians who have served in wars, notably World Wars I and II, are invaluable for family historians.

The migrant selection documents and naturalisation papers of millions of people who have come to live in this country are also of major interest for historians and genealogists. Recent work has made the records of displaced people – refugees displaced by World War II – more accessible as they can now be searched by name.

The copyright collection dates back to colonial times, a rich source of Australian creative endeavour and social history. Records on patents and trademarks also show an interesting aspect of Australian history.

Visiting Canberra

Canberra balloon spectacular
A view of the annual Canberra Balloon Spectacular from the National Arboretum.

When you take a trip to Australia’s capital, Canberra, prepare to experience one good thing after another. Soar above the city in a hot air balloon, try out world-class mountain biking tracks, see blockbuster art and explore the city’s famed museums and galleries. Meander through a million blooms during the annual spring festival, Floriade, sample cool-climate wine, check out the latest foodie hotspots or simply let the kids run wild. When it comes to Canberra, you never know what unexpected wonders are waiting around the corner. For more travel inspiration head to VisitCanberra

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