The Australian media too often report the nation as a compliant ally of the US, UK and the Western alliance but ask few questions about why and what it really involves.

Declassified Australia challenges this narrative by publishing in-depth, unique and largely hidden stories that reveal the reality of Australia’s relationships with both democracies and dictatorships.

From the arms trade to whistleblowers, defence policy to surveillance, espionage to free speech, Declassified Australia also examines relations with other nations including Israel, China, Russia, and more.

Independently founded, Declassified Australia, has been inspired by fine efforts of online journalism sites including DeclassifiedUK. The vital conversation includes articles by both established and new writers providing original and newsworthy content that uncovers largely unknown aspects of Australia in the 21st century.

Established in 2021 and edited by investigative journalists Peter Cronau and Antony Loewenstein, Declassified Australia aims to provoke and inform. Ethics and accuracy are our guide and we abide by the MEAA Journalists’ Code of Ethics.


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Declassified Australia announced today (31 January 2023) it has been awarded a Public Interest Journalism Fund grant from the Walkley Foundation

The Public Interest Journalism Fund (PIJ Fund) is independently managed by the Walkley Foundation to provide financial grants for the ‘creation of public interest journalism’ projects and to ‘encourage media diversity’. 

The Walkley’s PIJ Fund manages funds levied by the Australian government under a mandatory code of conduct applied in 2021 on the Meta social media company. 

The federal government, under the ‘News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code’, has set up a Meta Australian News Fund. The mandatory code is designed to compensate for the negative impacts on Australian journalism creators by the market dominance of Meta’s Facebook News Feed aggregation. 

The Walkley grant is a one-off for 2023. It carries no editorial restrictions, and editorial control remains entirely with the Declassified Australia editors. The grant will assist Declassified Australia to further develop its fiercely independent journalism projects through its online news media site.


Declassified Australia is honoured to produce this work on the lands of the Gadigal nation. We acknowledge the land is, was and always will be Aboriginal land. We recognise Aboriginal nations as the original owners and present custodians of the land, seas and waterways. We celebrate their strength, history and enduring culture. We acknowledge that following the initial colonial invasion, there is still no justice, no reconciliation, and no treaty for Aboriginal people, and that until there is, the nation will remain an unsettled settler society.