• Archival Series

Record Cards of Wards of the State

To access these records

Please contact Adoptions and Permanency Services:

Postal Address: PO Box 538, Hobart TAS 7001

Phone: (03) 6166 0422

Aftercare Support Program Phone: 1300 654 583

Adoptions and Permanency Services Email: adoption.services@communities.tas.gov.au

After Care Support Program Email: aftercaresupport@communities.tas.gov.au

Website: https://www.decyp.tas.gov.au/children/adoptions-and-permanency-services/

Reference Number

Quote this number to access your records: Tasmanian Archives Series Number, AD258

Records Location

These records are held by Tasmanian Archives (2011 - current).


The Record Cards of Wards of State were kept by Departmental Child Welfare Officers between 1955 and 1990. They contain personal information about children who were state wards.

Access Conditions

Closed D75 years
D75 means these records are closed to the general public for 75 years from the date of the last entry in them. People wishing to access these records should contact Adoptions and Permanency Services After Care Support Program, which is run by the Department of Communities Tasmania. Applicants will be required to fill out a Personal Information Protection (PIP) form. How access is provided once permission is granted will depend on the file. Usually Adoption and Permanency Services request it back and then provide access or copies. Staff at the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office may be able to assist you in finding other relevant records.


This series has nine items, arranged alphabetically. The listing can be viewed by going to the Tasmanian Archives website.

The record cards may contain standard abbreviations used by Child Welfare Officers. Many of these abbreviations are explained on the Find and Connect resource page Explaining the Words on Child Welfare Records (https://www.findandconnect.gov.au/resources/explaining-the-words-on-child-welfare-records/)

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