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Digitisation orders

Due to current lock down orders in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory we are not accepting new requests for digital copies of records held in these offices. In addition, orders submitted prior to the lock down and not completed, will be delayed.

Each year, we process thousands of orders for digital copies of records. We make these available through RecordSearch.

We aim to provide quality digital copies within our service standards. You may experience delays during times of peak demand, such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day. We appreciate your patience.

We require pre-payment for digitisation orders. We will email you when your order is complete. If you haven't received your order, please check:

  • that your payment has been processed by your financial institution
  • your email, including junk or spam folders

Orders for records held by the National Archives in Canberra are placed into one of two queues.

  1. We are currently processing orders for digital copies of records that are either 'open' or 'open with exception' (OWE) received on or before 21 June 2021.
  2. Records which are 'not-yet-examined' (NYE) when they are ordered require examination before being made available. We are currently processing requests for NYE records received on or before 16 June 2021.

Please check your order against these dates. If you submitted your order before the current processing date, you should hear from us soon.

If the records you need are held in a location other than Canberra, you can make a general inquiry about your order.

Find out more about our digitisation service and access to records under the Archives Act. If you need more help, you can ask us a question.

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