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Mythbusting: New privacy laws do not apply

New privacy laws do not apply to authorised public records in a Place of Deposit The Data and Privacy Protection Act 2014 commenced late last year. Public Record Office Victoria would like to reassure agencies that public records that have been approved for transfer to a Place of Deposit (POD) should not be restricted from […]

Release of new Intellectual Property Guidelines for the Victorian Public Sector

In March 2015, the Department of Treasury and Finance released the Intellectual Property Guidelines for the Victorian Public Sector (IP Guidelines). These IP Guidelines replace the working draft guidelines released in November 2013 and are designed to assist with implementation of the Whole of Victorian Government Intellectual Property Policy by providing important information on intellectual property (IP) […]

Stories of WW1 soldier settlers come to life

One of Victoria’s most important military collections is now available to the public for the first time online, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Special Minister of State, Shaun Leane, unveiled an important new website for historical and family research today. Battle to Farm enables the public access to nearly 10,000 government records on the Victorian Soldier Settlement […]

The records we preserve

The Public Records Act 1973 requires Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) to work with Victorian government agencies to select public records for permanent preservation as State Archives. So, out of all the digital and paper files government creates every day, how do we decide which ones are worth keeping forever? The selection of State Archives is guided by […]

The Way We Were Historical Photograph Competition: Dig the Archives 2015

From your attic to our archives Dig the Archives 2015 will feature explorations into Public Record Office Victoria’s rich photographic collection. To help celebrate Victoria behind the lenses, you are invited to share a unique moment of Victoria’s past from your personal collection of photographs. The entry judged to be the rarest, most artistic and […]

All sewn up at Walhalla School 957

The town of Walhalla Walhalla is a picturesque mountain town nestled into the Baw Baw Ranges of the Gippsland District. Walhalla was the centre of one of the great goldfields of Victoria when it was founded as a gold-mining community in 1862. It was home to 4,000 people and produced some 55 tonnes of gold. […]

Journey back to old school days at Old Treasury Building this March

New exhibition coming soon!   Be transported back to the old school days at Melbourne’s Old Treasury Building. Ports and sailors will be replaced by teachers and students when Sailing into Melbourne leaves the Old Treasury Building for new waters in March. The School Days: Education in Victoria exhibition will take visitors back to a time when […]

The Seven Year Myth

Seven years is the ‘magic figure’ often bandied about when it comes to how long records must be kept by government. However, minimum periods for retention of public records actually vary and are determined by law and Public Record Office Victoria. There are a lot mistruths associated with the seven year mark. The myths It’s […]

Emails are the smoking gun of record keeping

Despite the amount of time we spend each day reading and sending emails, by some estimates around 28 per cent of our day, we allocate little of that time contemplating how we should manage them. Here the Public Records Office’s Alan Kong, Manager Standard and Policy, shares three facts all Victorian Government staff should remember when […]

Newly opened Section 9 files reveal: The Yarra River Baby

21 December 1934 at approximately 9.30pm, Footscray labourer William Henwood watched as a young woman walked with her baby and suitcase towards Richmond Suspension Bridge on the bank of the Yarra River. Half an hour later she walked past him again in the opposite direction, this time the baby wasn’t with her. In March the […]

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