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Privacy policy

How we protect and respect your information

The statements below have been prepared in accordance with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner's Guidelines for Federal and ACT Government Websites.

Visiting this website

The National Archives of Australia makes a record of your visit to this site and logs the following information for statistical purposes:

  • your server address
  • your top-level domain name (eg .gov, .com, .edu, .org, .au, .nz etc)
  • which pages you accessed and which documents you downloaded
  • the date and time of your visit
  • the site from whence you came
  • your operating system (eg Windows, Mac)
  • which browser you used (eg Internet Explorer 5.5)

We will make no attempt to identify you or your browsing activities except, in the unlikely event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise its authority to inspect the service provider's logs.

Emailing us

The National Archives will only record your email address if you send us a message. The address will be used only for the purpose for which you provided it. We will not use your email address for any other purpose and will not disclose it without your consent.

All correspondence and comments supplied to the National Archives will be stored for a period of time as set down in the Administrative Functions Disposal Authority (AFDA).

Our P3P statement

The National Archives supplies information about its online privacy practices in standard format that can be retrieved automatically and interpreted easily by user agents. This is done through a P3P statement, available below. Find out more about P3P at

National Archives P3P statement (XML code)