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.
Explore the development of Australia’s approach to health and social welfare since settlement, and the changes in attitudes and government policy that occurred during challenging times.
Australia’s geographic isolation and strict quarantine laws help guard against diseases. Epidemics, including influenza and the bubonic plague, have taught us important lessons about managing disease.
Medical and public health issues are some of the major areas where the government is responsible for our wellbeing. Australia has also played an important role in medical research and innovation.
Explore the development of social welfare in Australia and how attitudes and government policy changed during challenging times.
Learn how to interpret primary sources, use our collection and more.