Our Victoria Office is located on the land of the Wurundjeri people.

We are open to the public. Bookings are required to visit.


National Archives Victoria Office
Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel Street
North Melbourne Vic 3051

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Research centre hours

  • Wed–Fri 10 am–4:30 pm
  • Sat–Tues Closed


03 9348 5703
Protesters holding signs and banners.


Disrupt, persist, invent

08 Dec 2023 - 05 Apr 2024


Australia, home of the 'fair go'. But is it really the free and fair place you'd hope for? What can we change?

Doris McRae reclining on a deck chair.


Beyond the classroom

12 Mar 2024


To celebrate International Women's History Month, join us for the fascinating story of Doris McRae, a Melbourne teacher and activist.

Marine industry - Pearling - Pearl divers in Broome, Western Australia.


From across the seas

21 Mar 2024


Hear stories of cameleers, pearl divers, miners, millers and '10 pound poms' who settled in Western Australia during the 20th century.

ASIO photograph of a man standing on a footpath between shops and parked cars.


Records from ASIO's files

26 Mar 2024


Come along to hear some fascinating real-life stories straight from the pages of ASIO's files.

About the Victorian Archives Centre

The Victorian Archives Centre is operated jointly by the National Archives and the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV).

Researchers can access both Commonwealth and state records from the one location.

For more information about the records collection of the Public Record Office Victoria, visit their website at

The National Archives' collection in Melbourne

Our collection in Victoria has a huge variety of Australian Government records, including many surprising ones.

Melbourne was the seat of the Australian Government until 1927 and remained a centre for federal government activity until the 1960s. That means our collection in Victoria has many central administration records.

Notable subject areas include:

  • army and navy correspondence
  • Aboriginal affairs
  • immigration correspondence and case records
  • shipping and navigation
  • Commonwealth works and construction
  • postal and telegraph
  • courts and tribunals.

While most records date from Federation in 1901 onwards, we also have some records dating as far back as the 1850s. These were inherited from the Victorian colonial government when some responsibilities passed to the Commonwealth at Federation.

Unique and unusual records in our collection

Unique and unusual records in our collection include:

  • records of the British Phosphate Commission, with extensive materials about Nauru and Christmas Island
  • records of the Second World War Allied Works Council, which carried out defence-related works around the country. We also have records of workers in the Civil Construction Corps who were conscripted to carry them out.
  • records of the Department of Munitions documenting the design and production of Australia’s wartime weapons
  • records of the Bureau of Meteorology, Head Office, including weather observations dating back to the 1860s
  • records of the Fair Work Commission and its predecessors, which date from the beginning of Australia’s industrial relations system in the early 1900s
  • an extensive photographic collection created by the Trade Publicity Directorate, which provides numerous insights into postwar Australian life.

Visitor information

We are open from 10 am to 4:30 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. We are closed on public holidays.

You will need to request records to view and book a time to visit in advance. Please complete an advance request for records  call us on 03 9348 5703.


Free wireless internet is available. There is an exhibition space on site.


Entry to the National Archives is free.

Onsite accessibility

Wheelchair access

All public areas are wheelchair accessible.

Toilet facilities

A toilet with disabled facilities is on the ground floor.

Assistance animals

Visitors with recognised assistance animals, including guide and hearing dogs, are welcome.

Getting here

Car parking

Free all day car parking is available on site (enter via 112 Macaulay Road).


Route 57 (stop 16), Route 55 (stop 19), Route 59 (stop 19)


North Melbourne Station or Macaulay Station


Route 402 (every 10 minutes)


Visitors can call a taxi using the free public phone in the locker area.

Postal address

PO Box 8005
Burwood Heights
Vic 3151