National Archives of Australia, Victoria State Office, Melbourne

Identity area



Authorized form of name

National Archives of Australia, Victoria State Office, Melbourne

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name


  • National

Contact area


Regional Manager South, Victoria State Office, Melbourne



Street address

Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne Postal address: PO Box 8005, Burwood Heights, Vic 3151





Country name

Postal code



03 9348 5600




Description area

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Archives Act 1983 (Cth)

Administrative structure

Officer-in-charge: Regional Manager South, Victoria State Office, Melbourne

Records management and collecting policies



The National Archives Melbourne collection includes records of Commonwealth departments, statutory bodies, royal commissions, lighthouses, naval vessels, courts and tribunals. These records document a wide variety of Commonwealth government activities, including defence, migration, Aboriginal affairs, trade and veterans’ affairs.

Although the records mainly date from Federation, they include a small quantity of 19th century records inherited from the colonies when certain functions, such as customs, postal and telegraphic services, defence and Aboriginal affairs, passed to the Commonwealth. Other notable holdings include meteorological records dating from 1840, records relating to customs dating from 1850s and records relating to the administration of Aboriginal affairs in Victoria from 1860.

The collection in Melbourne is especially rich because the original seat of the Commonwealth government was located there until 1927 and remained a centre for federal government activity until the 1960s. It documents the central offices of many departments of state including the Postmaster-General’s Department and the Departments of Labour and National Service, Civil Aviation and Defence.

Finding aids, guides and publications

The National Archives’ collection database, RecordSearch, gives online access to the National Archives’ holdings Australia-wide.
For access to RecordSearch, see the link from

For a guide relevant to Melbourne holdings, see Collections in Melbourne: A Guide to Commonwealth Records, by Celia Blake, revised 2003, 76pp at

For a full list of guides to the National Archives’ collection, see:

Access area

Opening times

The National Archives research centre within the Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room is open Wednesday to Friday 10am–4.30pm.
Closed on public holidays.
Note: For up-to-date information on opening times, see
Please note: Allow up to 48 hours for retrieval of records. You can send an advance request to view records. See

Access conditions and requirements


Maps and information about parking, public transport and onsite wheelchair access to the research centre are available at

Services area

Research services

The Victorian Archives Centre research centre is operated jointly by the National Archives and the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV).

See National Archives of Australia, National Office for information about National Archives research services.

Reproduction services

Information about ordering copies of records and associated fees is available at

Public areas

Control area

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Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 31 January 2022




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne
Postal address: PO Box 8005, Burwood Heights, Vic 3151
Melbourne, Victoria 3051