Statement on additional 2003 Cabinet records transferred to National Archives of Australia

Tuesday, 12 March 2024

Between 31 December 2023 and 5 January 2024, 82 additional Cabinet records from 2003 were transferred from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to National Archives of Australia.

Of these records, 13 are National Security Committee records that relate directly to the Iraq War. One additional record briefly refers to the Iraq War.

These 14 records have been examined as a priority in consultation with relevant agencies. National Archives has now finalised access decisions and the records will be available to view online via RecordSearch from Thursday 14 March.

Of the 14 records, 12 are Open and 2 are Open with Exception (OWE), meaning some information has been withheld.

Under the Archives Act 1983, National Archives is required to release as much information as possible. However, under the Act, certain information is exempt from public access. National Archives is legally bound to withhold information that could impact upon Australia’s security or put any person in danger.

Section 33 of the Archives Act lists the reasons why a record, or part of a record, may be withheld from public release. Statements explaining the specific reasons for exemptions will be included within the individual records on RecordSearch.

The remaining 68 records are currently being examined and will be progressively made available online over the coming months. These records relate to other matters, including aviation and maritime security, terrorism/counter terrorism, fuel excise and foreign affairs.

Records being released on Thursday 14 March belong to series A14371 and are listed below.

Title Control symbol Item ID Access status
Iraq: Australian contingency arrangements for possible military action JH03/0001/P1 32712254 OPEN
National Foreign Intelligence Assessment Priorities JH03/0024/P1 202904983 OWE
Iraq: Authority of Australian Defence Force Military Action JH03/0124/P1 32711388 OPEN
Iraq JH03/0128/P1 32712486 OPEN
Iraq: Phase IV - Australian Engagement in Post-Conflict Activities JH03/0146/P1 202905000 OPEN
Iraq Economic Reconstruction and Debt Issues JH03/0203/P1 31472107 OPEN
Iraq Update JH03/0216/P1 31472113 OPEN
Operation Catalyst JH03/0242/P1 31472118 OPEN
ADF Contribution to the Rehabilitation of Iraq - Financial Aspects JH03/0269/P1 31472121 OPEN
Iraq Update JH03/0310/P1 31472126 OPEN
Review of ADF Participation in Operation CATALYST AND SLIPPER JH03/0368/P1 31472135 OWE
Iraq Update JH03/0385/P1 32712489 OPEN
Lessons Arising from Operations Bastille and Falconer JH03/0389/P1 31472138 OPEN
Iraq Update JH03/0443/P1 31472147 OPEN

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