The Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) is advised by a Council called the Public Records Advisory Council (PRAC).
Council members are appointed by the Minister for the Arts, Heidi Victoria MP. The role of PRAC is to advise the Minister on matters associated with The Public Records Act 1973 and to provide a reference group of stakeholders for PROV.
Current Council Members
Ms Joanne de Morton, President
Joanne de Morton is the Public Records Advisory Council President. Ms de Morton currently serves as Deputy Secretary, Government and Corporate Group for the Department of Premier and Cabinet. She has previously held a variety of senior roles in the Department of Primary Industries, including Deputy Secretary and Director, Marketing and Communication and Director, Human Services.
Joanne is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Masters in Business Administration.
Ms Kathryn Dan, Records management
Kathryn Dan is the Public Records Advisory Council representative specialising in the area of records management. Ms Dan leads the University of Melbourne’s records management program and has over 20 years experience in archives and records management. Ms Dan has also held senior roles within the government and university sectors and is a past president of the Australian Society of Archivists. Ms Dan is particularly interested in the retention and disposal of records and the development of standards to encourage good records management practice.
Mr Jim Berg, Indigenous heritage
Jim Berg is the Public Records Advisory Council representative specialising in the area of Indigenous Heritage. Mr Berg is a Koorie elder and was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Koorie Heritage Trust Inc. Mr Berg has served on the Council for seventeen years, including two years as Council President. Mr Berg brings to the Council, a wealth of knowledge about the promotion, preservation and protection of Victorian Koorie records and culture.
Mr Andrew Abbott (Departmental nominee), Department of Premier and Cabinet
Andrew Abbott is the Public Records Advisory Council departmental nominee representing the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC). Mr Abbott became Director of Arts Victoria in April 2014. Andrew joined DPC as Executive Director, Policy and Cabinet Group in July 2012 after six years as an executive in the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the then Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development.
He previously worked in DPC from 2002 to 2006, where he held senior roles in Policy and Strategy Projects Branch, Social Policy Branch and Government Branch.
Prior to that Andrew spent several years in Arts Victoria, where he was a General Manager. Andrew has a Masters of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School.
Ms Anita Jack, Historical research (public history)
Anita Jack is the Public Records Advisory Council representative specialising in the area of historical research (public history). Ms Jack is the Director of the Golden Dragon Museum in Bendigo. This role has provided her with the unique opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of the nature of archiving, conservation, collecting, and promoting history. Ms Jack comes from a creative background and has produced documentaries, directed festivals and created spaces for public performance.
Associate Professor Andrew May, Historical research (academic)
Associate Professor Andrew May is the Public Records Advisory Council representative specialising in the area of historical research (academic). Mr May joins the Council from the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Mr May is a social historian with broad interests across urban, colonial and imperial history. As well as serving on the Council, he has served on advisory committees including the National Archives of Australia, Heritage Victoria, the National Trust and Melbourne Museum.
Professor Sue McKemmish, Information and records management
Professor Sue McKemmish is the Public Records Advisory Council representative specialising in the area of information and records management. Professor McKemmish is the Director of the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics at Monash University, where she directs the postgraduate teaching programs in records and archives. Professor McKemmish has published extensively on recordkeeping in society, records continuum theory, recordkeeping metadata, and archival systems.
Ms Debbie Prout, Information and records management
Debbie Prout is the Public Records Advisory Council representative specialising in the area of records management. Ms Prout is the Director of Prout Consulting and has extensive records management experience in both the private and public sector. Ms Prout has amassed a wealth of experience in local government which has given her a thorough understanding of records management from an operational perspective.
Ms Susie Zada, Genealogy and local history
Susie Zada is the Public Records Advisory Council representative specialising in the area of genealogy and local history. Ms Zada is the Marketing and Administration Manager at the Genealogical Society of Victoria and has a background in local and family history. Ms Zada has researched and published several books as well as historical interpretive displays, CD-ROMS, indexes and extensive web sites on local history.
Secretary: Ms Lucille Cutting.
For further information on PRAC please see pages 8 – 9 of PROV’s Annual Report for 2012-13:
PROV Annual Report 2012-2013