Each year the Public Records Advisory Council (PRAC) offer the Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Awards, recognising achievements in good records management practice within Victorian government Agencies and local Community Archives.
The Hamer Awards began in 1998 and are named after Sir Rupert Hamer who was the Victorian Premier when the Public Records Act was passed in 1973 and when Public Record Office Victoria opened its first office and repository in 1975.
Awards are made to Victorian Government Agencies achieving the following objectives:
- The project significantly improves business efficiency and effectiveness within the agency and/or
- The project ensures a high level of compliance by the agency with government records management policies, regulation and Standards
Nominations can be submitted in four Victorian Government Agency categories:
- Small Agency
- Medium Agency
- Large Agency
- Regional/Rural Agency
There are two categories available for Community Archives nominations, one of which Victorian Government Agencies may nominate in:
- Preservation of records of significance to the local community and the state (open to both Community Archives and Victorian Government Agencies)
- Providing enhanced records access to the local community
A panel of independent judges from PRAC and key sponsor bodies will assess each nomination against the Award Objectives.