Full description Background
In 1975 the Government established the Community Services Centre. The Centre consisted of six bureaux, each designed to provide service and advice to members of the community. As a result of a rationalisation program conducted within the Department of the Premier (VA 2717), the Centre ceased to exist, as such, and in November 1981 the Government Information Bureau, retitled the Victorian Government Information Centre, was transferred to the Department of Property and Services (VA 430).
The Community Services Centre comprised a Migrant Advisory Bureau, an Anti-Discrimination Bureau, a Government Information Office and bookshop and a Women's Advisory Office.
Information Victoria was established in late 1986 and comprises a telephone and counter information and referral service; a clearinghouse of government literature; the government bookshop and a specialist outlet for Victoria titles. In addition the Information Victoria Centre housed the Public Record Office Search Room for some years, the government Mapshop, Health Sharing Women and City Occasional Child Care and these services were included in all marketing and public activity.
Information Victoria also has a role in the development of policy on government information and the development of operational systems and guidelines.
The Department of Property and Services (VA 430) was abolished in January 1991 and Information Victoria was transferred to the Ministry of Ethnic, Municipal and Community Affairs (VA 3015).
In October 1992 machinery of government changes resulted in the transfer of Information Victoria to the Department of Finance (VA 3016). Since 1996 it has been in the Department of Treasury and Finance.