Annual release of Cabinet records

Be first to read Cabinet records

On 1 January each year, the National Archives releases Cabinet records that have reached the open period.

Many of the records have been digitised, so you can view them online in our collection database, RecordSearch.

Media briefing

In early December, the National Archives briefs the media on the Cabinet records due for release.

Prior to the briefing, journalists and the Cabinet historian are given the opportunity to select records for proactive digitisation and release based on their historical significance.

Journalists receive a digital copy of these records either before or at the briefing. 

We give this access on the condition that the media:

  • observe an embargo of midnight, 31 December
  • acknowledge National Archives as the source in all published articles.

A consultant historian gives context to the papers with a summary of the major issues that affected Australia at the time.

Former prime ministers and Cabinet Office officials may be available to give a personal perspective on the issues and events highlighted in the Cabinet records.

Media enquiries

Senior Communications Officer

Mobile: 0417 247157


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