Public Record Office Victoria

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Public Record Office Victoria

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name


Contact area


Senior Manager, Access Services or Senior Manager, Record Services



Street address

99 Shiel St, North Melbourne, 3051

Postal address:
PO Box 2100, North Melbourne 3051



Country name

Postal code


(03) 9348-5600


(03) 9348-5656


Description area


Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: Director and Keeper of Public Records

Note: The Victorian Archives Centre provides all of the services and contains all records formally accessed through the Public Record Office of Victoria’s Melbourne Archives Centre (Public Reading Room), which was located at Level 2, Casselden Place, 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000 and the Laverton Base Repository and Search Room, which was located at 57 Cherry Lane, Laverton North 3026. Both of these facilities are now closed.

See also: Public Record Office - Ballarat Repository and Search Room

Records management and collecting policies

Public Record Office Victoria has responsibility to select records of the government of Victoria that are worthy of preservation as set out in the Public Records Act 1973. (Amendments to this Act can be found in the Arts Institutions (Amendment) Act 1996).



Registrar of Probates, Supreme Court: Probate and Administration files 1841- (2196m); Wills 1853- (496m). State Coroner's Office: Inquest Deposition Files 1856- (796m). Education Department: School Building File 1868-1975 (518m); Primary Schools Correspondence Files 1878-1962 (750m). Office of Director of Public Prosecutions: Criminal Trial Briefs 1841-(2347m). Department of Crown Lands and Survey: Land Selection and Correspondence Files 1856-1984 (1062m). Office of Titles: Application for certificates of title 1862-(1291m). Victoria Police: Central Registry Branch Correspondence Files 1949- (1346m).

Quantity: 83,457 m (at 30 June 2004)

References: Private Lives, Public Records: Family History Resources at Public Record Office Victoria, 2003, reprinted 2004. Historical Records of Victoria, Foundation Series 1981- (8 vols). Eureka - from the official records, 1995. Profile, Records Management News 1993- . Proactive, Access Services Newsletter 1983- . rEsearch, Access Services text only, email newsletter 2003- .

Finding aids, guides and publications

Finding Your Story: A Resource Manual to the Records of the Stolen Generations in Victoria 2005. My heart is breaking, a joint guide to records about aboriginal people in the Public Record Office and Australian Archives 1993.

Access area

Opening times

Access Services – Services to the Public
Reading Room open Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm; open second and last Saturdays of each month 9am-4:30pm (except for Public Holidays). General reference assistance available to search room visitors, with some limitation on enquiries by mail or phone. PROV’s online catalogue provides access to the holdings and includes the facility to order records to be retrieved for viewing in the Reading Room as well as providing online access to digital records. Copying services available for original records to A3, microfilms, photographs, maps and plans.
Note that the Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room is a shared facility in which both Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia, Victorian Regional Office, provide reference services. See the NAA listing for details of NAA services.
Other PROV services to the public at VAC include:

An exhibition program presenting exhibitions at the Victorian Archives Centre, as well as touring and online exhibitions.
A diverse seminar and training program at both the VAC and the Ballarat Archives Centre.
In partnership with ASA and other institutions, PROV presents the Archival Support Program aimed at small archives and collecting institutions across Victoria.
Regular tours of PROV facilities are provided by volunteer tour guides.

Records Services – Services to Government
Records Services at PROV is responsible for:
Providing best practice records management and archiving advice, standards and specifications.
Providing best practice state-of-the-art digital records management and archiving advice, standards and specifications.
Identifying which Victorian public records are to be kept and their retention periods.
Taking into custody and preserving records identified as permanent.

Through these activities, and by ensuring all Victorian people have ready access, understanding and appreciation of the State’s records, PROV accomplishes its mission in assisting Victorians to have an open and accountable state government.

Access conditions and requirements

Action taken under Section 9 or 10 of the Public Records Act 1973 can restrict public access to certain records: Restrictions under Section 9 depend on the nature of personal information contained in the records and their dates of creation, Section 10 closures are for a maximum closed period of 30 years from the date the records are transferred to PROV.


Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

99 Shiel St, North Melbourne, 3051 Postal address: PO Box 2100, North Melbourne 3051