Primary contactLevel 1, Woden Library, Corner Furzer and Corinna Streets, Woden
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2606
Self-government was introduced into the ACT in 1989. Until this time, records on the administration of the territory were the responsibility of the Commonwealth. In 1994 the National Archives of Australia transferred ownership of these early records to the ACT Government.
ArchivesACT was established in 2008 to provide public access to both these historic records and the subsequent records of the ACT Government. ArchivesACT allow the community the opportunity to engage in the history of governance in the Territory including key decisions, social policy and political debate.
ArchivesACT provides access to publicly available ACT Government records older than 20 years. We are not a collecting agency and do not accept donations.
The records that are available have been appraised against the approved Records Disposal Schedule for the relevant function and activity of government. The approved Records Disposal Schedules are notifiable instruments and are publicly available on the ACT Legislation Register.
Information resources are available on our website www.archives.act.gov.au and include finding aids, indexes and research guides.
ArchivesACT publishes a monthly article ‘Find of the Month’ based on records of interest to the Canberra community.
Reference enquiries can be made via our ‘Request a Record’ service at: https://www.archives.act.gov.au/Request_a_record.
Archives staff do not undertake research on your behalf, however, as many of the record management tools are not public, they will identify and suggest files that may support your research. A new record search tool is currently under development (as at 2018).
Researchers are able to make photographic copies of the records with their own cameras.
Researchers who are unable to attend the Reading Room may be provided with digital copies of records at the discretion of archives staff.
Free wifi is available.
There is a coffee shop in the Woden Library building and many others in the Woden Plaza shopping precinct.