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December 2014

PROV Bytes

A New System of Government Inquiry: What Impact on Record Keeping?

Image: Front page of the Royal Commission into the Failure of West Gate Bridge, supplied by Public Record Office Victoria.
The Inquiries Act 2014

Introduced in September this year, the Inquiries Act 2014 formally establishes three tiers of government inquiry in Victoria.

The Act carries new implications for records received and created by inquiries, including a change in the agency responsible for dealing with Cabinet records.

Perhaps though, what is most interesting about the regime is that it permits the handing over of Cabinet records (which are ordinarily closed from public access for a minimum 30 year period) to an inquiry; an issue that received much attention at a Federal level earlier this year during the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program.

Want more information about its impact on record keeping?

Click here to read the full article on our blog!

Government Services Digest

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

Image: VPRS 14836 Castlemaine Gen Cemetery Map
Ministerial Forum for the Cemetery Sector

As an initiative of the Hon David Davis, Minister for Health, The Ministerial Forum for the Cemetery Sector was held at the Melbourne Town Hall on Friday 24 October, 2014.

The theme of the Ministerial Forum was Heritage and Historical Linkages to Cemeteries. The main event of the day was a book launch to promote In Memoriam: A Guide to the History and Heritage of Victoria's Cemeteries by Garrie Hutchinson. To download a copy of the publication, please click here.

Public Record Office Victoria was invited to speak at the Ministerial Forum along with Dr Celestina Sagazio, Historian and Manager of Cultural Heritage at Southern Metropolitan Cemetery Trust and John Hawker, Horticulturist, Heritage Victoria. Read more about the presentation here.

Other bytes and pieces!

Public Record Amendment Bill 2014 - current status

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Public Record Office Victoria would like to advise agencies that the Public Records Amendment Bill 2014 lapsed when Parliament was prorogued. As a result, the Public Records Act 1973 remains unchanged.

The Bill proposed a number of changes to the Act. These changes included formalisation of a new process for the annual release of Cabinet records. Agencies have been required to organise cabinet records on an annual basis since 2010. Other proposed changes included a shortening of timeframes for mandatory transfer of public records from agencies to Public Record Office Victoria and an increase in the maximum penalty for destroying or interfering with a public record.

If you have any questions about the lapsed Bill, please contact Alan Kong, Manager Standards and Policy, on 9348 5720 or

Welcoming our new Records and Archives Advisor

Evanthia Samaras

Evanthia Samaras
Introducing Evanthia Samaras

"I moved to Melbourne from Sydney about two years ago and growing up I moved around a lot! I went to 10 different schools in VIC, ACT and QLD. I've also lived in Singapore and London.

I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Technology Sydney in Communications, majoring in Media Production and also briefly studied and worked at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Last year I went back and studied a Graduate Diploma in Information Management at RMIT.

These studies and my growing interest in archiving and digital information management is what has lead me to PROV. I have also worked in television, theatre and media in various roles including administration, front of house, finance and freelance art department positions. I even worked as a television extra"

Welcome to the team Evanthia!


What's on?

December and January 2014/15

8 Dec
Tour at the Archives

Researching Regional Records

10 Dec
Discovering ANZAC's in Victoria

13 Dec
Victorian Archives Centre – Saturday opening

25 & 26 Dec
Closed Christmas Day
& Boxing Day

Connect with us!
1 Jan
Closed: News Year's Day

10 Jan
Victorian Archives Centre – Saturday opening

26 Jan
Closed: Australia Day

30 Jan
Tour at the Archives

Researching Property Records

31 Jan
Victorian Archives Centre – Saturday opening


Did you know?

Image: Repository at Victorian Archives Centre
PROV transfers about 2 kms of records into our purpose built repository annually!

The repository currently holds approximately 100 kms of government records which date from the earliest days of the Port Phillip District of NSW in 1836 right up until today.

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