Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that the National Archives' website and collection contain the names, images and voices of people who have died.
Some records include terms and views that are not appropriate today. They reflect the period in which they were created and are not the views of the National Archives.
Learn how Australia became a nation and how we make laws and elect people to represent us in Parliament.
Activism is an important part of the democratic process. Individuals and communities have the power to shape government policy and society by campaigning for change.
Issues of who is or can become an Australian citizen are closely tied to government policy. The White Australia policy stopped many non-Europeans becoming citizens in the 20th century.
The Australian Constitution sets out the principles and guidelines for how the country is run. It can only be changed with the approval of the Australian people at a referendum.
The colonies came together in 1901 to form the Commonwealth of Australia. Early legislation in the new parliament reflected matters of national interest such as immigration, taxes and the postal system.
Discover how laws have been developed, discussed and implemented, directly affecting people and communities in Australia.
Parliament is where laws are debated and enacted. People interact with the parliament by voting for their representatives at elections.
Discover records about past prime ministers and politicians and the major events and policies of their governments.
Learn how to interpret primary sources, use our collection and more.