Public records are kept for the benefit of future use by government, organisations and the community. Public records can only be used if they are accessible. Enabling access to public records promotes transparency as evidence of the business of government and its dealings with citizens can be discovered. Entitlements to access public records can be limited when done in accordance with laws, policies and documented criteria. Restrictions on access must be justifiable, for example for the purpose of protecting personal privacy.
Issued by Public Record Office Victoria (PROV), this standard provides a set of mandatory principles for Victorian government agencies regarding access to public records. Your agency is expected to fully comply with each principle contained in the standard by implementing the particular requirements as detailed in the relevant specification/s.