Last updated:

June 16, 2020

Who we are

Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) is the archives of the State Government of Victoria. We hold around 100kms of records dating from 1830s right up to the present day.

Our impressive collection includes records of immigration and shipping, criminal trials and prisons, premiers and governors, royal commissions, boards of inquiry, wills and probates and much more. These records hold stories of the key events and decisions that have shaped the history of the State of Victoria. 

Learn more about the records in our collection here.

What we do

Established under the Public Records Act 1973 PROV’s objectives are to:

  • issue standards regulating the creation, maintenance and security of public records including the selection and disposal of public records not worthy of preservation
  • advise and assist agencies in achieving compliance with issued standards
  • preserve public records of permanent value as the state archives
  • ensure that the archives are accessible to the government and the people of Victoria.

Public Record Office Victoria is an agency of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

To see PROV's organisational chart refer to the annual report.


Our facilities at the Victorian Archives Centre

Due to COVID-19, we have made temporary changes to our Reading Room services, see here for more information. 

Via booking only, visit us at the Victorian Archives Centre at 99 Shiel Street North Melbourne, Monday to Friday 10am to 4:30pm. We are close to public transport and our facilities include free wireless, on-site parking, bike racks, and gallery. Information on building accessibility can be found here. 

The Archives Gallery features new exhibitions every four months. Visit our Public Exhibitions page for more information on the current exhibition on display. 

Refreshments: There are shops and cafes in nearby Melrose Street and Canning Street. 


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Careers at Public Record Office Victoria

Legislation and governance

The entryway at PROV

Public Records Act 1973 and Annual Reports

Partnerships and collaborations

Photo of an exhibition at PROV

Improving recordkeeping and access to public records

I want to volunteer

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Volunteering at Public Record Office Victoria

Our blog

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Stories from the Victorian archive

Media releases

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View our recent media releases