ASIO and the Archives Acts - 1991

CM. 27.3.91.


  • the present position that ASIO records in the open access period (presently 30 years or more old) are available to public access, subject to ASIO's assessment as to whether security reasons require them to be withheld, should not be changed to exclude ASIO records from the Archives Act altogether;
  • public access to ASIO records through the Archives Act is an important aspect of open government and ensuring that government agencies properly serve the public;
  • the only change in the Archives Act which might be changed would be reducing the open access period from 30 years to a substantially shorter period.