What do I need to know?

You will need to know the name of the Royal Commission or Board of Inquiry to locate records of interest.

PROV holds many record series close record series Definition A record series is a group of records which are recorded or maintained by the same agency (or agencies) and which: ·    are in the same numerical, alphabetical, chronological or other identifiable sequence; or ·    result from the same accumulation or filing process. A series is composed of items and can consist of a single item or several thousand items. It may be recorded by a single agency or by a succession of agencies. A Victorian Public Record Series is identified by the prefix VPRS followed by a space then a sequential number.   created by Victorian Royal Commissions, some joint Royal Commissions and Boards of Inquiry dating from mid nineteenth century to the present.

For records relating to Commonwealth Royal Commissions, please refer to National Archives of Australia.

Many records are available for public access. However, some records are closed from public access close access Definition Refers either to the process of providing records for researchers to use in PROV reading rooms, or to the process of determining if records should or should not be withheld from researchers for a period of time. for a specified period. This is to prevent disclosure of private, sensitive and confidential information about persons, commercial-in-confidence matters, internal workings of the inquiry body or legal professional privilege.

 

How do I search?

1.       Type in name of the Royal Commission and the date of interest into the search field below

2.       Browse the results

 

 

About these records

PROV holds many record series created by Victorian Royal Commissions, some joint Royal Commissions and Boards of Inquiry dating from mid nineteenth century to the present.

For records relating to Commonwealth Royal Commissions, please refer to National Archives of Australia.

 

Who created these records?

Various agencies 

 

Next Steps

Order the records of interest and view in our Reading Room.  Some records are born digital records and can be accessed directly online via our Digital Archive. 

 

What are in these records?

Reports outlining the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission or board of inquiry.

Some record series will also provide information about the proceedings and other material used to develop the interim and final reports, such as:

  • transcripts
  • notes of Commissioners
  • submissions
  • exhibits
  • research material