ArchivesACT provides access to ACT Government records that are more than 20 years old.



To support Australia’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, from Wednesday 25 March 2020 ArchivesACT’s public reading room at 255 Canberra Avenue Fyshwick is temporarily closed to onsite visitors until further notice.

Requests to access records can still be submitted by completing our on-line form. Due to changes in staffing arrangements, some delays may occur in providing access to original records and responding to your requests.

Information can still be accessed via our website and digitised copies of photographs can be viewed on our Flickr page.

About us

ArchivesACT was established in 2008 as a section of the Territory Records Office. The role of ArchivesACT is to facilitate access to the ACT Government archives.

Start your research

ArchivesACT are here to help you begin your research journey by providing finding guides, recommending relevant records and facilitating access to original material.

Find of the month

A novel and/or topical subject based on files and objects from our archives.

Property & tenancy registers

Interested in your house history? These registers document the history of government public housing in Canberra up until 1968.

Repat and Rabbits: WW1 soldier settlement in the ACT

Read histories of the Soldier Settlers in the Canberra region.

Yarralumla Nursery Records

Explore digital copies of approx. 15,500 cards detailing the activities of the Yarralumla Nursery.

Chief Minister's Governance Lecture

Access resources from past lectures.

Public Access Website

Go to the ACT Government’s Open Access Website for documents released under the Freedom of Information Act 2016.

ArchivesACT images

Go to Flickr to access the ArchivesACT image library.