Author: Public Record Office Victoria

We are excited to announce that the Ballarat Archives Centre (BAC) is moving in June! 

We have operated the Ballarat Archives Centre at the State Government Offices in Mair Street since the early 1980s including a reading room and repository. Over the years, the facility has suffered from numerous issues related to the building’s structure with the facility coming to the end of its useful life. 

So we have found ourselves a wonderful new location - the Eureka Centre building at 102 Stawell Street, Ballarat Central. The move will see us come together with the Ballarat Libraries' Australiana Research Collection and Ballarat & District Generalogical Society under the same roof, forming a new shared resource and research hub. 

Important dates and information for BAC researchers

In preparation for the move, please be aware that the current site will close COB Tuesday 21 May with records unavailable to order between 21 May and 17 June 2019. Please factor these dates into your upcoming research plans, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

We expect services to commence at the Eureka Centre on the 17th of June 2019. 

As a result of the move we will be able to offer increased services, opening Monday to Thursday 10am to 4.30pm. One thing that won't be changing is our friendly team - our long-standing Ballarat Archives staff will be moving to the Eureka Centre too.

Important dates and information for government agencies storing records at BAC

While our reading room will now be located at the Eureka Centre, our collection of records will be distributed between two sites for storage: The State Library Victoria storage facility at Mt Helen for all open records and the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne for all closedrecords.  

All ordered records will be couriered to the Eureka Centre for pick up Monday to Thursday 10am to 2pm - with closed records now requiring a 48 hour turnaround. (Unless you want to pick-up closed records from North Melbourne, in which case this can be done during normal collection time 10am to 11am daily).

Due to the relocation activities, Ballarat records will be unavailable to order between 21 May and 17 June. If you require a record urgently please email us at recordsissuesoffice@prov.vic.gov.au providing all relevant details relating to your request. 


Further information

Our decision to relocate, process for the selection of the Eureka Centre and further background information can be found here.