Last updated:

November 23, 2020

PROS 11/10 FS2 Closure of Public Records Under Section 10(1) Fact Sheet provides an overview of the application of section 10 of the Public Records Act 1973 when determining access provisions of records to be transferred to Public Record Office Victoria as state archives.

Reasons for closure under Section 10 (1) are not specified in the Public Records Act 1973. Although no formal nexus exists between reasons for closure under the Act and Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation, it is customary for categories of exemption under the FOI Act to be used when determining whether records should be closed under section 10 (1).

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

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.

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