We’re going digital

As part of our move to delivering services online and in digital format, we’re ceasing our print copy service. From 1 July 2016 you will only have the option to purchase an online copy of records in our collection. You can then print your own copy if you choose to.

You can still order high-resolution digital copies of photographs through PhotoSearch or RecordSearch and all digital copies will still be available for viewing in RecordSearch.

Any print requests paid for before 1 July 2016 will be processed.

Original records continue to be available through reading rooms, where you can use your digital camera to capture images of records.

Search the collection

Use RecordSearch to conduct a:

  • Basic search
  • Advanced search
  • NameSearch
  • PhotoSearch or
  • Passenger arrivals index search

Note: RecordSearch contains names and images of Indigenous Australians now deceased.

New PhotoSearch

Try our new PhotoSearch – browse, discover, map and share.

Ask us a question

Ask us a question about records in the collection. We undertake basic reference work free of charge and aim to respond to inquiries within 30 days.

RecordSearch Forum

The RecordSearch Forum is a place where you can share tips on using RecordSearch with other users, ask questions about how best to search for records, or provide feedback to the Archives on RecordSearch.

Access Examination

Under the Archives Act 1983, the Archives examines records prior to their release to ensure they do not contain material of continuing sensitivity.

Copyright National Archives of Australia 2016