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

Search or browse our online database.

Visiting ArchivesACT

ArchivesACT and the ArchivesACT Reading Room is relocating from the Heritage Library, Ground floor, 225 Canberra Avenue Fyshwick to Building 6,     9 Sandford Street Mitchell.

ArchivesACT and the ArchivesACT Reading Room will be operational from its new location in Mitchell, as of 1 July 2024.

ArchivesACT’s Mitchell Reading Room operations are:

For appointments - Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

For ‘Walk In’ service - Monday and Thursdays only from 9:00am to 3:00pm. To help us serve you better it is best to make an appointment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

You will need to request records in advance and make a booking before you visit to view original records.

Search our ACT Memory database

Search or browse our ACT Memory database for information on ACT Government records, record series, government bodies and their functions.

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.