Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory

There is always something exciting to do at our National Office in Canberra.


National Archives
National Office
18 King George Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

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  • Mon–Fri 9am–5pm
  • 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 at Old Parliament House is open from 9am to 5pm weekdays, and is closed public holidays.

For more information visit our research centres page.

Research centre returning to East Block on 25 November

From 25 November 2019, the Canberra research centre will return to the newly refurbished East Block building on Kings Avenue in Parkes.

Our reading room and orientation space at Old Parliament House will be closed on 22, 23 and 24 November.

The research centre will reopen at East Block at 9am on Monday 25 December.

Records requested after midday on Wednesday 20 November will be available for viewing at the research centre from Monday 25 November.

We look forward to welcoming you to our refreshed research centre.

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

East Block, Kings Avenue
Parkes ACT 2600

Call: 02 6212 3600

Opening hours

Research centre

Our research centre is located in the Museum of Australian Democracy until 21 November 2019:

Old Parliament House
18 King George Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

Open 9am to 5pm weekdays, closed public holidays.

Summer holiday hours

The National Archives will be open every day over summer except Christmas Day.

Our Canberra research centre is closed from 1 pm on Tuesday 24 December to 9 am on Thursday 2 January 2020. No records will be delivered to the research centre on 24 December.


Entry to the Museum of Australian Democracy is $2 for adults and $1 for concession card holders and children over 5 years old.

This supports the museum's conservation work to maintain the heritage-listed Old Parliament House building, where we are a tenant.

When you arrive at reception, check the following items into the cloak room:

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

Wi-Fi access

Wi-fi is free.

Onsite accessibility

Wheelchair access

You can access the National Archives' research centre and exhibition space at Old Parliament House via wheelchair.

You will find the accessible entry at ground level on either side of the main front steps. Press the buzzer for assistance.

Toilet facilities

You will find accessible toilets on the lower and main floors and in the Old Parliament House courtyards.

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

You can park for up to 4 hours in our short-stay paid parking. Car parks are located at the front and sides of Old Parliament House.

If you need to stay longer, you will find long-stay paid parking at the East Block and West Block car parks. These are on Queen Victoria Terrace, to Federation Mall's east and west.

All car parks include motorcycle and disabled parking spaces.

Pay with credit card or coins in 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 'Old Parliament House' 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