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About Public Record Office Victoria
Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) is the archive of State and Local Governments in Victoria. We hold over 100 km of digital and physical records from 1836 to the present day. Many records are accessible to the public either online or for viewing in our Reading Rooms. PROV also sets mandatory recordkeeping standards for state and local government agencies and provides advice on recordkeeping to government.
Look History in the Eye
In this podcast series by Public Record Office Victoria we interview the people who delve into public archives and uncover interesting truths about Melbourne and Victoria's past. Hear about the amazing monuments that were never built, Pentridge Prison escapes, how Melbourne went from deadtown to musictown and more!
Nominations are now open for the 2023 Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Awards! Victorian government agencies are invited to submit nominations for outstanding records management projects or initiatives completed or substantially completed between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2022.
The 2022 Victorian Community History Awards were presented at the Arts Centre on the 21st of October by Public Record Office Victoria in partnership with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Congratulations to all our winners, including Victorian Premier’s History Award winner Janet McCalman for Vandemonians!
Flood affected locations
Public Record Office Victoria acknowledges the loss many people have had to face during the recent flood events across the State. We understand some Places of Deposit (PODs), as well as other local historical groups and collections, may be affected by flood damage and have put together some useful links and resources.
Monday to Friday 10am to 4:30pm and every second and last Saturday of the month. Closed public holidays. Please note VAC will be closed Friday 23 December 2022 to Monday 2 January 2023 (inclusive) and will reopen on Tuesday 3 January. Visit
Wednesday and Thursday 10am to 4:30pm. Closed public holidays. Please note BRAC will be closed Wednesday 28 December to Thursday 12 January (inclusive) and will reopen on Wednesday 18 January 2023. Visit