The Australian Archives Act 1983 provides for public access to Commonwealth records over 30 years old regardless of their format while protecting sensitive personal information, and indeed other categories of sensitive information.
In the interests of accountable government and for the benefit of the community the National Archives of Australia promotes reliable recordkeeping and maintains a visible, accessible and known collection. To this end the Archives enables and promotes best practice in the management of government records from the point of creation for as long as required to support the needs of government and the people.