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Senate Order 6 - File Listings
Departmental File Listings
Following the creation of a standing Senate Order in 1995, all Commonwealth Departments and agencies have been required to produce six monthly, indexed lists of files created during the reporting period. In the past, these lists were tabled before Parliament.
As part of the Government's on-going commitment to give Australians greater access to relevant government information quickly and easily, the original Senate Order was amended in 1998 to enable Departments to list these files on their internet sites.
The Senate Order requires lists to be 'indexed'. The file listings are shown under the names of the current branches and agencies of the Department and then by subject.
The file listings have been edited in accordance with the Senate Order, which specified that the list need not include:
- Files transferred to the National Archives of Australia;
- Files essentially related to the internal administration of the Department (staff or personnel, accounts, training or general administrative matters);
- Case related files (for example personal representations or dealing with the personal affairs of departmental or agency clients); and
- File titles whose national security classification is Confidential, Secret or Top Secret or equivalent.