November 2018

How to manage records for current or future child sexual abuse allegations

New Guideline

In consultation with the Department of Education and Training and Department of Health and Human Services, PROV has developed a guideline to assist Victorian public sector agencies on how to create, manage and retain records of child sexual abuse.

The guidance document outlines in detail the type of records that agencies should be keeping which may be needed in case of future allegations.

All government agencies can find a summary of the advice document here

Standards Review Project

Feedback requested

Final call for feedback!

If you have any feedback on Operations Management Standard Principles and Specification Requirements and the Access Standard Principles and Specification Requirements, please submit this to PROV no later than 9 November 2018 (this is an extended deadline). 

Further information on this project can be found here. See also:

Transfers & RDA projects in 2018-2019


Looking ahead to a busy 2018-19 we are pleased to be working with a number of agencies on record transfers and new Retention and Disposal Authority (RDA) development projects.

We're also excited for the expected completion of our new Digital Archive Program, an initiative of the Victorian Electronic Records Strategy, in 2019.

As a result of this work, our capacity to take on new project work will be reduced until April 2019. If you are planning transfers or RDA's during this time please refer to our website for further information here.

Records Management Network (RMN)

October 2018 Recap

Another successful RMN was held during October.

This RMN was a show and tell by PROV staff of current and recently completed work, with presentations on:
  • PROV's Digital Archive Program
  • Website ordering
  • Transferring digital records
  • E-learning
  • Review of the Public Records Act 1973
  • Standards Review and Recordkeeping Assessment Tool
The RMN presentations are available to view on our website here.

Have you used the PROVisualizer?

Tell us what you think

Last year we launched our PROVisualizer tool, which is as far as we know, the first interactive archival data visualisation tool in Australia. It's a handy tool that helps you gain a sense of the kind of public records we hold, allowing you to search by keyword or government function and then click through to see the series' within the collection.

Have you used the PROVisualizer since it first launched? We'd love to get your feedback to help us improve the service in the future.

Please complete this survey by 30 November 2018 to ensure your thoughts are heard!

Provenance 2018

Research using records from our collection

The 2018 edition of Provenance is now available online!

Provenance is Public Record Office Victoria's free annual online journal featuring peer-reviewed and forum articles. The in-depth research behind each article draws primarily on records from PROV's diverse collection.

Documents from the 19th century feature heavily in the latest edition. From the death penalty through to the threat of smallpox outbreaks, Provenance 2018 paints a harsh picture of life in both Melbourne and rural Victoria.

To access Provenance 2018 please click here.

Upcoming Events

What's on the horizon?

Sunday 4 November, 11.00am-12.00pm
Old Treasury Building, Spring Street
Paintings of Early Melbourne

Saturday 10 November, 10.00am-4:30pm
Victorian Archives Centre
Saturday Opening

Sunday 11 November, 11.30am-12.30pm
Old Treasury Building, Spring Street
A Dreadful Time for Mothers 

Tuesday 13 November, 6.00pm-7.30pm
Old Treasury Building, Spring Street
Curating the ANZAC Centenaries: War, Memory and the Museum

Saturday 24 November, 10.00am-4:30pm
Victorian Archives Centre
Saturday Opening

Friday 4 January
Victorian Archives Centre
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