Interest in ASIO's work has highlighted the need for a comprehensive and independent record of the role that ASIO has played in the post-war political and social history of Australia. The start of the project coincided with ASIO’s 60th Anniversary and the release of Archive material up to 1979. The Official History will detail the history of ASIO from its establishment in 1949 to 1978.
Since 1947, at least 30,000 Australian peacekeepers have taken part in over 50 operations, in more than two-dozen theatres of conflict around the world, as well as a similar number of disaster-relief operations. The Australian Government has authorised the Australian War Memorial to research and write a six-volume Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post–Cold War Operations. The history is a joint project of the Australian War Memorial and the Australian National University. It is supported by the Australian Defence Force. In addition the Australian Research Council has awarded a grant of $1 million over five years to support writing the history.