Information for Places of Deposit
Places of Deposit, or PODs, are appointed to hold original, public records from local state government agencies, which may be of interest to a local community and which are on open access to the public.
There are two types of PODs:
1. Class A PODs can hold permanent and temporary public records
2. Class B PODs can only hold temporary public records
If you are a community group and believe that you are in possession of Public Records, or an agency wishing to transfer records to a POD please contact PROV via the online contact form.
What is a public record?
This video explains what a public record is and the difference between permanent and temporary public records.
The information in the video has been converted to a downloadable PDF. To print, select 'landscape' and flip on short edge.
PROV acknowledges the kind participation of the Castlemaine Historical Society in the production of the video.
Our network of community archives preserving Victoria's history
Community archives, or officially Places of Deposit (PODs), are community facilities such as mechanics’ institutes and historical societies that preserve public records of local significance.
State Government records held in a Place of Deposit (POD) remain under the control of Public Record Office Victoria. Agencies wishing to place records into PODs must first obtain approval from Public Record Office Victoria.
Places of Deposit Program Review Update
8 August 2019
PROV is continuing to undertake an audit of all Places of Deposit (PODs) to confirm whether or not they hold public records and, if so, the nature of these records. You can read a summary of the 2017 Class B POD Review here.
As a result of this ongoing work, in October 2018 56 PODs were reappointed as a Class B POD by the Special Minister of State. PROV expects this number to increase over the coming months as the project continues. You can view a full list of Places of Deposit (PODs) and their locations here.
Any questions about the POD program can be made via our contact form.