Popular research topics

Explore topics covered by records in the National Archives' collection. You can see samples of records in our Snapshots of the collection.

Australian Constitution and Federation

Find out how Australia became a nation by exploring the Archives' rich store of documents relating to Federation and the Constitution.


Find out about Cabinet records from 1965 to 1995, and Cabinet notebooks.


Find records relating to defence administration, conflicts, the forces and service personnel.

Anzac Centenary projects

Delve into our repatriation records – and discover the impact of the war on individuals, families and the nation. You can also check out our Discovering Anzacs website, where you can download complete World War I service files – and much more, including a school and community toolkit and guide to create your own exhibition on the 'Learn' page.

Migration and citizenship

Find out about alien registration, migrant selection documents, passenger records, migrant accommodation records, naturalisation (citizenship) records and more.

Security and intelligence

Read up on ASIO files and other records about Australia's security and intelligence activities.

Latest Cabinet Release

1996–97 Cabinet records from the Keating and Howard governments

Service records

Records about service in the Australian defence forces – personnel dossiers and case files from Federation (1901) onward

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