What do I need to know?

Key details of a public building such as:

  • building name
  • location, and
  • type

The results from this search will either redirect you to a microfilm listings page or to the original plans. 

If you envision ordering many plans at once we recommend you search directly on the microfilm close microfilm Definition A film format in a roll used to reproduce fragile, bulky or large publications or documents, that can provide safe access and generate copies. listings page here.

How do I search?

  1. Most plans are titled by the building name or location
  2. Put quotation marks around the search "Geelong High school" for exact results.
  3. Once you identify the result you want you will land on the ordering page, or if it's a microfilm you'll need to repeat that search on the microfilm listings page. 

How do I order? 

If you wish to view the original plan, you can order close order Definition Physical records can be ordered for viewing in PROV’s reading rooms.  When a user orders a record, it is reserved solely for their use. that directly through the catalogue from the link on the search results page.

If the plan is a microfilm copy you will be redirected to the microfilm listings page where you will need to cut and paste the item close item Definition An item is a single recordkeeping object. A physical Item could be a group of pages fastened together to form a file, a single volume, card, map, photograph, film, sound recording, computer tape or any other document. Within a series there may be only one physical record Item or there may be several thousand or more. You can order physical Items for viewing in one of our reading rooms. details into a separate form. View ordering instructions are on that page.   

About these records

These records detail construction plans of many buildings, as well as plans of their grounds, electrical work and other services created between 1840 and 1999.

Examples of 'public works' buildings are state schools, prisons, courts, hospitals, among many others. In addition, these series also contain plans such as bridge and road construction.

Next Steps

Some of these plans are not yet digitised. For microfilm plans you will need to order the plans of interest manually and view them in the Reading Room.

What are in these records?

Examples of 'public works' buildings are state schools, prisons, courts, hospitals, among many others. In addition, these series also contain plans such as bridge and road construction.

The plans should all contain information such as:

  • building plans
  • plan title
  • building title
  • location
  • measurements

Restricted Access

Some plans of critical infrastructure and secure buildings (such as police stations, courts and prisons) are not available to the public for security reasons.  If you have a need to view these plans you can apply for access through the relevant State Government Department and obtain written authorisation to view plans. Attach this letter to your online application via our Contact us page.

For courts, contact the court or the Melbourne Magistrates Court directly.  For all other buildings contact the branch in the relevant department that manages their properties.