A reader's ticket is required to access original State archives at the Western Sydney Records Centre. If you do not have a reader's ticket and your research will involve the use of original records then fill out the form below.

If the records you require are copied onto microfilm/microfiche then you do not need to apply for one.

Who can apply?

Anyone over the age of 15 years may apply for a ticket. Applicants under 18 years must have the application countersigned by a parent or legal guardian. A reader's ticket is valid indefinitely.

Personal information

The personal information collected for an application is used to: help ensure the protection of State archives; track the issue of records to our reading rooms and assist us in planning and allocating resources. Personal information may also be used to notify readers of any change to our services and for contact tracing purposes up to 28 days after a visit should exposure to COVID-19 in the Reading Room. This information may supplied to the NSW Department of Health or any other third party Government department, as required to enable contact tracing procedures. 

NSW State Archives guarantees the information contained on the application form will only be used for the purposes listed above. Details of the documentation shown to confirm an individual's personal information are not recorded or kept.

How to collect your reader's ticket

Once we have received and processed your application we will send you a confirmation email which includes your new reader's ticket number. On your next visit to the WSRC bring along a copy of this email or state your new reader's ticket number on arrival to the reading room so we can issue your ticket.

Proof of identity

You will be asked to show proof of identity, in the form of documentation that confirms your name, signature and address before your ticket can be issued. We do not record or keep details of this documentation.

 

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The personal information collected for an application for a Readers Ticket is used to:

  • help ensure the protection of State archives
  • track the issue of records to our reading rooms, and
  • assist us in planning and allocating resources.

Personal information may also be used to notify readers of any change to our services and for contact tracing purposes in the event of COVID-19 exposure in the Reading Room.

Under Sections 14 and 15 of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 any personal information collected by NSW State Archives can, on the request of the individual, be made available and any inaccurate information amended so as to be relevant, up to date, complete and accurate.

Our Reading Room Guide provides more information on rules and procedures.

By submitting this form you agree to the conditions above