The State Records Act 1998 establishes a general entitlement to access to State records that are at least 30 years old. Not all such records, however, are open for public access. Some contain information, such as sensitive personal information, that require a longer period of closure. The Register of Access Directions lists whether records are open or closed to public access.
Public access to the records of government is a fundamental right in a democratic society. The State Records Act 1998 promotes the principles of accountability and access by requiring public offices to create records of their business and administrative transactions and ensuring that records of significant value are preserved. The underlying principle is that all relevant records of enduring value will be publicly available in due course.
Provides information on how to access patient identifying records from NSW operated mental health facilities and asylums for the poor/infirm and destitute.
The ARK is held by 40 community access points across NSW. The majority of access points are libraries. The ARK consists of microfilm copies of our most popular and heavily used colonial records. Included are records relating to convict arrivals, assisted immigrants, births, deaths and marriages, publicans' licences, electoral rolls, naturalisation, returns of the colony ('Blue Books'), land grants, and the wide range of functions of the Colonial Secretary (1788-1825).
We have made some of the most useful State archives for family and local history available in the Archives Resources Kit, located at 40 community access points around NSW
Search series, items, digital images and online index entries all in the one place. The new Collection Search is a powerful single search tool that provides access to the 1.9 million items in the State Archives Collection and the 1.7 million Online Index entries in the one place for the first time. This includes 6,500 never before seen series and 300,000 new items.
Some of our archives are listed on other websites such as Ancestry, Find My Past, Family Search and Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters.
If you can't make it to our Western Sydney Reading Room other organisations hold copies of some NSW State archives. This page lists where those records are held.