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About our VEO creation products

Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) has developed technical code and tools to convert permanent and long-term value digital records into VERS Encapsulated Objects (VEOs).

The code and tools have been created for:

  • software developers in Victorian Government agencies to develop in-house tools and processes to convert their digital records into VEOs for transfer to PROV and/or long-term storage
  • commercial software developers working with agencies to develop products that can generate VEOs. 
  • commercial software developers to create and sell records management products that can generate VEOs.

See our VEO creation, VERS 3 VEO validation programVERS 2 commercial VEO creation products, and VERS 3 commercial VEO creation products pages for further information.

If you plan to create VEOs as part of a digital records transfer project:

Please first refer to our Digital records transfer step-by-step page for complete guidance about the transfer process.


Technical development packages

Two types of VEOs are currently supported by PROV: 

Please Note: While VEOs from existing version 2 certified products will continue to be accepted into the PROV Digital Archive, certification for V2 VEO creation products has ceased. Versions of vendor products that were certified by PROV can continue to be used and purchased by Victorian Government agencies.

Software developers should consult the relevant Technical Specifications for the type of VEOs they are generating.

PROV recommends Version 3 VEOs as these types of VEOs have less stringent metadata requirements and they support records with multi-level, hierarchical folder structures.


PROV has developed packages to generate and/or validate VEOs. The latest versions of these packages are available on GitHub.

If you are interested in VERS3, please download the following packages

The products linked above fall under Copyright to Public Records Office Victoria 2022. License CC BY 4.0

If you are interested in VERS2, please download the following packages

The products linked above fall under Copyright to Public Records Office Victoria 2022. License CC BY 4.0

In each case the packages are Apache NetBeans projects, and the package files should be placed in the same directory.

The packages contain:

  • Java code for the tools
  • Supporting JAR files
  • Sample files (e.g. PFX for signing VEOs, schemas and templates)
  • BAT files to demonstrate how applications can be run
  • Word and TXT files to provide instructional information


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