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April 2015

PROV Bytes

Dig the Archives!

Open Day at the Victorian Archives Centre 2 May 2015

Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia are opening our doors and inviting you to Dig the Archives at the Victorian Archives Centre Open Day.

Come along on the 2nd of May to take a tour of our massive repository of almost 100km of archives, chat with the experts on hot history topics, listen to awesome speakers, and start your own research journey. There will also be volunteer demonstrations and pop-up ‘how to’ sessions in our Reading Room throughout the day. 

For further details on the day's schedule and to register for tours, talks and presentations please click here.

Government Services Digest

We're here to help you manage your digital and physical records

Myth Busting: New Privacy Laws
By Standards and Policy Officer, Carly Godden

The Data and Privacy Protection Act 2014 commenced late last year. However, Public Record Office Victoria would like to reassure agencies that public records that have been approved for transfer to a Place of Deposit (POD) should not be restricted from public access due to these privacy laws. Read more...

Release of New IP Guidelines
By Standards and Policy Officer, Carly Godden

In March 2015, the Department of Treasury and Finance released the Intellectual Property Guidelines for the Victorian Public Sector (IP Guidelines). These IP Guidelines replace the working draft guidelines released in November 2013 and are designed to assist with implementation of the Whole of Victorian Government Intellectual Property Policy by providing important information on intellectual property (IP) related issues. Read more...

Other Bytes and Pieces!

ANZAC project launch and new appraisal statement now online

Anzac Centenary launched

One of Victoria’s most important military collections is now available to the public for the first time online.

PROV's 'Battle to Farm' website enables the public access to nearly 10,000 government records on the Victorian Soldier Settlement Scheme. The scheme helped settle thousands of returned World War One soldiers on farming land across Victoria through government leases, drastically transforming the landscape of regional Victoria.
The project was funded by the Veterans’ Branch of the Department of Premier and Cabinet as part of the Centenary of Anzac commemorations. Visit

Information on the Records we Preserve

The Public Records Act 1973 requires Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) to work with Victorian government agencies to select public records for permanent preservation as State Archives. So, out of all the digital and paper files government creates every day, how do we decide which ones are worth keeping forever? This question is answered here.

More news from the PROV website

Please click on the links below for more news...

Did you know?

World War One Soldier Settlers: an important part of our history

Did you know that Victoria sent around 90,000 men and women to serve overseas in the First World War, and 11,000 returned soldiers took up soldier settlement blocks?

More than 80 PROV volunteers spent 2 years digitising the records of these settlers resulting in 75,000 individual images!

Visit the website now!

What's on?

April and May 2015

Wednesday 22 April 10am-1pm
Adoption and Wardship
MADE, 102 Stawell St South, Ballarat

Thursday 23 April 11-12pm
Tour of the Archives
VAC, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne

Thursday 23 April 1-2pm
Digging Deeper
VAC, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne

Saturday 25 April
Victorian Archives Centre Closed for Anzac Day

Connect with us!

Saturday 2 May 10am-4.30pm
Dig the Archives!
VAC, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne

Saturday 9 May 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre - Saturday opening

Tuesday 26 May 11-12pm
Tour of the Archives
VAC, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne

Tuesday 26 May 1-2pm
Research Education Records
VAC, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne

Saturday 30 May 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre - Saturday opening


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