Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory

Our research centre is currently closed. We’ll be announcing our planned June reopening date soon.


National Archives
National Office
Kings Avenue
Parkes ACT 2600

Get directions


  • Mon–Fri Closed
  • Sat–Sun Closed


02 6212 3600

Collection highlights

Our collection in Canberra is vast because most Australian Government agencies have central offices in Canberra.

It covers Cabinet, Federation, Prime Ministers and other national leaders, and most of the activities with which the government has been involved.

Many collections, such as ASIO and Royal Commission records, are popular with researchers.

Family historians find the service records of Australians who served in wars, notably World Wars I and II, invaluable.

Historians and genealogists value the migrant selection documents and naturalisation papers of millions of people who have come to live in this country. You can now search the records of refugees displaced by World War II by name.

Our copyright collection dates back to colonial times. It highlights Australia's creative and social history.

Patent and trademark records capture a unique view of Australian history.

Canberra research centre

You can view National Archives records in our research centres. These used to be called reading rooms.

The Canberra research centre is open from 9am to 5pm weekdays, and is closed public holidays.

For more information visit our research centres page.

Requesting records

We deliver records to the research centre once each weekday.

If you have ordered records before midday (12pm), we aim to have them ready to view the next business day.

Requests for records sent after midday will be available in 2 business days (48 hours).

While most records are available for viewing within 2 business days, in cases where records have special preservation needs or in times of peak demand, there could be delays.

Visitor information

National Office – Canberra

Kings Avenue
Parkes ACT 2600

Call: 02 6212 3600

Opening hours

The National Archives in Canberra is open 9am to 5pm every day of the week.

Our research centre is open 9am to 5pm weekdays. It is closed on public holidays.


Entry to the National Archives of Australia is free. When you arrive at reception, please check the following items into the cloak room:

  • large backpacks
  • umbrellas
  • camera tripods
  • food and drink

Wi-fi access

Wi-fi is free.

Cafe Constitution

Located in the heart of the National Archives, Cafe Constitution offers great coffee and meals in a beautiful light-filled space. It's the perfect place to relax after checking out our records or an exhibition.

Onsite accessibility

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair users can access the National Archives at both the Kings Avenue and Western Carpark entrances. Press the buzzer for assistance.

Toilet facilities

There are accessible toilets on the main floor of the National Archives.

Assistance animals

Visitors with recognised assistance animals, including guide and hearing dogs, are welcome.

Visiting Canberra

Canberra features many events, activities and world class attractions. Soar above the city in a hot air balloon, try out world-class mountain biking tracks, see blockbuster art and explore the city’s famed museums and galleries.

Meander through a million blooms during the annual spring festival, Floriade, sample cool-climate wine, check out the latest foodie hotspots or simply let the kids run wild.

When it comes to Canberra, you never know what unexpected wonders are waiting around the corner. For more travel inspiration head to VisitCanberra.

Getting here

Car parking

There is plenty of long-stay pay parking just west of the National Archives building. Enter the car park from Queen Victoria Terrace.

Motorcycle and disabled parking spaces are available.

Pay with your credit card at one of the ticket machines.


Bus routes: R2, R6, 57 and 58

Routes R6, 57, and 58 are mostly wheelchair accessible, and route R2 is completely wheelchair accessible.

Routes R2 and R6 stop on Parkes Place, John Gorton Building (Stop ID 3260 and 3261) and Barton Bus Station (Stop ID 2258 and 2259)

Routes 57 and 58 stop at Federation Mall (Stop ID 2246 and 2245) Parliament House

Please check the Transport Canberra website for current maps and timetables, or phone 13 17 10.


Taxis pick up and drop off at the front of the building.

Quote ‘National Archives of Australia, Parkes’, as the location.

Canberra Cabs telephone bookings:

  • 13 2227
  • wheelchair access 6126 1596
  • or sms 0417 672 773 with your name, pickup place and time

Cabxpress telephone bookings:

  • 6260 6011
  • wheelchair access 6260 6077

Postal address

PO Box 4924
ACT 2604