Western Australia

Western Australia

Our Western Australia Office is located on the land of the Whadjuk Noongar people.

We will be closed from Friday 22 December, reopening Tuesday 2 January 2024.


National Archives WA Office
Ground Floor, William Square
45 Francis Street
Northbridge WA 6003

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  • Mon–Fri 9:30 am–4:30 pm
  • Sat–Sun Closed

Research centre hours

  • Tues–Thurs 9:30 am–4:30 pm
  • Fri–Mon Closed


08 9470 7500
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The collection in Perth

The Western Australia Office in Northbridge incorporates a Research Centre, seminar facilities, an exhibition space and administration offices for Perth staff. It is a convenient one-stop shop for all your National Archives needs, from viewing records to taking in the latest display of collection material.

The National Archives now has a dual-site operational model in Western Australia, with access services (Northbridge) and records storage (Belmont) in separate locations.

This change means records must now be ordered in advance. To avoid delays we encourage researchers to contact us before they visit.

Visitor information

The Research Centre is open Tuesday to Thursday 9.30am to 4.30pm for viewing original records. Original records need to be requested in advance. Please complete an advance request for records  or call 08 9470 7500.

The exhibition area and inquiries desk open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm.

The office and Research Centre are closed public holidays.


Entry to the National Archives is free.

Getting here

Car parking

Limited street parking is available in front of William Square. 24-hour undercover parking is available a short walk away beneath the State Library in the No 11 Perth City Council car park. Check alternative parking in Northbridge and the CBD.


The National Archives is a short walk from the Perth Railway Station and the Wellington Street Bus Station. Blue CAT Buses stop close by in William Street.


Taxi pick up and drop off is at the Williams Square entrance on Francis Street.

School buses and coaches

There is limited bus parking at the business entrance. 

Onsite accessibility

Wheelchair access

All public areas of the National Archives are wheelchair accessible.

Toilet facilities

A toilet with disabled facilities is located near the Research Centre.

Assistance animals

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

Postal address

PO Box 239
WA 6865