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ARCHIVES ACT 1983


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

           Long Title

   PART I--PRELIMINARY

   1.      Short title  
   2.      Commencement  
   2A.     Objects of this Act  
   3.      Interpretation  
   3A.     A company no longer established for a public purpose  
   3B.     Commonwealth-controlled companies or associations that are not authorities of the Commonwealth  
   3C.     Director-General may determine archival resources of the Commonwealth  
   4.      Extension to Territories  
   4A.     Application of the Criminal Code  

   PART II--ESTABLISHMENT, FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA

   5.      Establishment and functions of National Archives of Australia  
   6.      Powers of Archives  
   6A.     Records that are not part of the archival resources of the Commonwealth  

   PART III--THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL AND STAFF OF THE ARCHIVES

   7.      Director-General  
   8.      Delegation by Director-General  
   9.      Staff  

   PART IV--NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA ADVISORY COUNCIL

   10.     National Archives of Australia Advisory Council  
   11.     Functions of Council  
   12.     Chair and Deputy Chair of Council  
   13.     Deputies of members  
   14.     Remuneration and allowances of members  
   15.     Termination of office of member  
   16.     Resignation of member  
   17.     Meetings of the Council  

   PART V--COMMONWEALTH RECORDS

           Division 1--Preliminary

   18.     Records of the Parliament  
   19.     Court records  
   20.     Regulations and arrangements relating to certain records  
   21.     Archives may be given custody of certain records  
   22.     Records of Royal Commissions etc.  
   22A.    Cabinet notebooks  
   22B.    Census information  
   22C.    Independent Review documents and PWSS documents  
   23.     Records of inter-governmental authorities  

           Division 2--Dealings with Commonwealth records

   24.     Disposal, destruction etc. of Commonwealth records  
   25.     Advice to Council on disposal practices  
   26.     Alteration of Commonwealth records  
   27.     Transfer of certain Commonwealth records to care of Archives  
   28.     Archives to have access to records  
   28A.    Records of companies or associations that cease to be authorities of the Commonwealth  
   29.     Exemption of certain records  
   30.     Commonwealth records to be available to Commonwealth institutions  
   30A.    Non-disclosure of Census information  

           Division 3--Access to Commonwealth records

   31.     Records in open access period to be publicly available  
   32.     Consultation with States  
   33.     Exempt records  
   35.     Identification of exempt records  
   36.     Forms of access  
   37.     Conditions in respect of proper care of records  
   38.     Access to part of exempt record  
   39.     Information as to existence of certain documents  
   40.     Applications for access to records  
   40A.    Consideration period for applications for access to records  
   40B.    Applications for access to records made by persons acting in concert etc.  

           Division 4--Review of decisions

   42.     Internal reconsideration of decisions  
   43.     Applications to Administrative Appeals Tribunal  
   44.     Powers of Tribunal  
   50.     Parties  
   50A.    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security must be requested to give evidence in certain proceedings  
   51.     Onus  
   52.     Tribunal to ensure non-disclosure of certain matters  
   53.     Production of exempt records  
   55.     Complaints to Ombudsman  
   55A.    Automatic stay of certain decisions on appeal  

           Division 5--Miscellaneous

   56.     Arrangements for accelerated or special access  
   57.     Protection against certain actions  
   58.     Access to records apart from Act  
   59.     Security classifications  
   60.     Transitional provisions relating to access  

   PART VI--SAMPLES OF MATERIAL FOR THE ARCHIVES

   62.     Samples of material for Archives  

   PART VII--CARE OF MATERIAL OF THE ARCHIVES

   63.     Location of material of the Archives  
   64.     Custody of material of the Archives other than by Archives  

   PART IX--MISCELLANEOUS

   68.     Annual Report by the Council  
   69.     Certified copies of records  
   69A.    Charges for discretionary service for Commonwealth institutions  
   70.     Transitional  
   71.     Regulations  


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