Under Section 9 of the Public Records Act 1973, files of a personal or private nature are closed from between 75 to 99 years to prevent the violation of personal privacy.
2017 Section 9 record openings
As of the 1st of January 2017, another year of files will be opened to the public for the first time – making them available for researchers to order through our catalogue and view in our public Reading Rooms.
A broad guide to time periods for closure under Section 9 is as follows:
- Records primarily concerning adults may be closed for 75 years from the year in which the records were created.
- Records concerning children as the primary subject of the record may be closed for 99 years from the year in which the records were created.
- Records such as staff records where the individuals concerned may still be in the workforce may be closed for a lesser period such as 30, 40, or 50 years as appropriate.
The 2017 record openings include 1941 criminal trial briefs and capital case files, 1940-41 divorce case files, Kew and Sunbury Mental Hospital report books from 1939-41 and children’s court registers 1916-1917. Check our website after the 3rd of January for a complete list.
View information on last year’s 2016 openings here.
View our Section 9 Fact Sheet here.
For media enquiries related to the Section 9 openings please contact:
Tara Oldfield, Communications Officer, 0418 698 364.