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Information about access to the records - and your rights of access - under the State Records Act, 1998
Access to the State archives
The State's archives are a unique and irreplaceable part of our cultural heritage. They document the business of government in New South Wales - and its interaction with people and groups in our society - from the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 until today.
Access to the records
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.
Rules affecting access
Information on access directions, including the '30 year rule', closed periods and more.