What do I need to know?

These records are 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. copies of Department of Public Works building plans. You can search for and 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. multiple copies at once. 

You will need to know: building name, location, and type. 

 

How do I search?

  • Search by title e.g. "Maffra High School" in the listing below.  
  • For exact results put "quote marks" around more than one keyword.
  • Once you identify the results you will need to fill out an order form. See steps below.

How do I order these records? 

To view the microfilm, you will need to copy and paste details from the list below into an order form. 

Follow these simple steps:

  • Highlight the line, or multiple lines, using your mouse and then right click and copy (order multiple plans at once)  
  • Open this ordering application form (it will appear as a separate tab) and right click and paste the drawing number  details for each plan into the 'BSA Drawing Details' field at the bottom of the form.

Note: We will notify you when they are ready to be viewed. 

 

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 request a letter of written authorisation. 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. 

About these records

These records are on microfilm only. They 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.