National Archives Preservation Facility

Preserving your history for the future

The construction of the National Archives Preservation Facility (NAPF) in Canberra is an exciting evolution for the Archives. It will ensure the preservation of our irreplaceable collection continues into the future.

There will be disruption to access to the Canberra-based collection from 30 October 2016 to 1 July 2017, as we relocate 15 million records from multiple repositories and rehouse them in the NAPF.

If you are seeking access to original records in the Canberra reading room throughout the relocation period, please contact us.

Our digitisation service will continue throughout the relocation to the NAPF. Until 1 July 2017 it may take up to 90 business days to make available digital copies of records held in Canberra. The service standard of 30 business days continues for records located in our State and Territory offices.

Search the collection

Use RecordSearch to search our collection.

Note: RecordSearch contains names and images of Indigenous Australians now deceased.

Need proof of arrival in Australia?

Make a request

Searching for a relative's service record?

Researching war service includes information about finding a service record, printing a record, abbreviations, photographs, service medals and more.

Ask us a question

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask us a question.

We undertake basic reference work free of charge and aim to respond to inquiries within 30 business days.

Access Examination

Under the Archives Act 1983, the Archives examines records prior to their release to ensure they do not contain material of continuing sensitivity.

Prototype search decommissioned

The Basic Search Beta site will soon be decommissioned. The prototype has provided the Archives and our users with the opportunity to test new search functionality and interface styles. The feedback received will be used for further improvements to RecordSearch. 

Price increase

From Tuesday 4 October 2016 the cost to order digital copies of records will increase. As part of the move to provide more of our services online, these price changes will enable the cost-recovery of digitisation and ensure greater digital access to the collection in the future. Find out more

RecordSearch Forum

The RecordSearch Forum is a place where you can share tips on using RecordSearch with other users, ask questions about how best to search for records, or provide feedback to the Archives on RecordSearch.

We've gone digital

As part of our move to delivering services online and in digital format, we have ceased our print copy service. You now have the option to purchase an online copy of records in our collection and then print your own copy if you choose to.

You can still order high-resolution digital copies of photographs through PhotoSearch and RecordSearch and all digital copies will still be available for viewing in RecordSearch.

Original records continue to be available through reading rooms, where you can use your digital camera to capture images of records.

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