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 1987, and Cabinet notebooks.


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

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

1986–87 Cabinet records from the Hawke Ministry

Service records

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

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