Author: Public Record Office Victoria

Open records from the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) collection are available to visitors in our Reading Rooms. We also offer digital records online and a paid copy service for researchers. 

These operations are supported by the Public Records Regulations 2013. We want to introduce some changes to these almost decade-old Regulations to make them more modern, effective and fair for Victorians.

Changes in technology have played a major role in transforming the way we do things. Today, many of our visitors rely on their personal devices to do research at the archives. And with improvements to our equipment and processes, PROV can now copy more records, more quickly. We also recognise the increasing need to protect PROV’s IT and public resources from security threats or misuse and deter unacceptable conduct. 

Changes to our Regulations are designed with these factors in mind and include prohibition on aggressive behaviour and changes to mobile phone use in the Reading Rooms, as well as updated copying fees.

We want to hear your feedback.   

Learn more about our proposed changes and have your say here by COB 10 August 2023.

Material in the Public Record Office Victoria archival collection contains words and descriptions that reflect attitudes and government policies at different times which may be insensitive and upsetting

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be aware the collection and website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.

PROV provides advice to researchers wishing to access, publish or re-use records about Aboriginal Peoples