Last updated:

July 29, 2019

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PROV is currently reviewing our Standards and guidance products so some of the information on our website may soon change. We will keep you up to date on the changes as they are developed.

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Public records are kept for the benefit of future use by government, organisations and the community. Public records can only be used if they are accessible. Enabling access to public records promotes transparency as evidence of the business of government and its dealings with citizens can be discovered.  Entitlements to access public records can be limited when done in accordance with laws, policies and documented criteria. Restrictions on access must be justifiable, for example for the purpose of protecting personal privacy.


Access Standard 

Issued by Public Record Office Victoria (PROV), this standard provides a set of mandatory principles for Victorian government agencies regarding access to public records.  Your agency is expected to fully comply with each principle contained in the standard by implementing the particular requirements as detailed in the relevant specification/s.


Access Standard PROS 11/10Access to Records in Agency Custody Specification PROS 11/07 S1Access to Records in PROV Custody Specification PROS 11/07 S2Closure of Records Under Section 9 Fact Sheet PROS 11/10 FS1Closure of Records Under Section 10 Fact Sheet PROS 11/10 FS2Closure of Records Under Section 10AA Fact Sheet PROS 11/10 FS3