27 November 2013
The Public Records Regulations 2013 (Regulations) were made by the Governor in Council on 19 November 2013, and are effective from 24 November 2013. The new regulations are the result of a lengthy review and analysis, which included two phases of consultation with PROV stakeholder groups. PROV sincerely thanks everyone who participated in these consultations.
Changes to conditions of use
The conditions of use have been revised to better reflect current expectations. Regular users of the Reading Room at the Victorian Archives Centre or the Ballarat Archives Centre will note that the proposed conditions are in line with existing practices which are available in a number of fact sheets.
Changes to fees
As the fees are set by the Regulations, PROV has not been able to increase its photocopying or digitising charges in 10 years. This has resulted in fee levels being charged at a lower rate than the cost of recovery. PROV’s renewed Regulations include a relatively small increase in fees to address this. We believe that this small increase will help us to continue to deliver quality reproduction services to our users throughout the next decade.
In addition, many of the fees are now expressed in the Regulations as ‘fee units’. The value of the fee unit is set for each financial year by the Treasurer of Victoria in their annual budget, and is intended to allow for fees to rise in line with inflation. The value of the fee unit for 2013-14 is $12.84.
Please note: PROV welcomes and encourages all users to make their own digital representations of public records using their own digital cameras or digital cameras provided in the Reading Rooms.
Some services have been removed from the Regulations:
- Microfilm services are no longer listed in the Regulations, however, material from microfilm can still be obtained in a number of forms:
- A researcher can make a copy from a computer or a microform reader onto their own USB free of charge.
- Printing from microform readers will be phased out as the equipment becomes unserviceable. In the meantime, there will be no charge for self-service printing.
- Fees for inspection of records will no longer apply. PROV inspects all records on their admission to the archive.
The new Regulations can be downloaded: Public Records Regulations 2013
A comparison of the changes to Conditions of Use and the Fees can be downloaded: Public Records Regulations Comparison
If you have any questions regarding the Public Records Regulations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org attention Standards and Policy.