Agency VA 989
Office of the Government Statist and Actuary
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Actuarial Functions

The Office of the Government Statist and Actuary currently conducts actuarial valuations for Friendly Societies, State Superannuation Funds, Parliamentary pension funds and so on, as well as other actuarial functions for government and semi-government authorities.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration 1893-1983

From 1893 to 1983 the functions of the Office included statistical collection and registration of births, deaths and marriages under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act 1893 (56 Victoria No.1303). Although the Government Statist remained legislatively responsible for the registration of births, deaths and marriages until the proclamation of the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Amendment) Act 1985 (No.10244) on 31 October 1986, operational responsibility was exercised by the Assistant Government Statist (Chief Registration Officer) from 1983 when the Government Statist and Actuary was transferred to the Department of Management and Budget (VA 1022). With the proclamation of the 1985 Act, legislative responsibility passed to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (VA 983).

Census and Statistics

Prior to 1893 the registration of births, deaths and marriages had been undertaken by the Registrar General (VA 862) and the Statist had been concerned with the collection and preparation of statistical reports, the Victorian Year Book, monthly reports and actuarial work for various departments and other bodies under various Local Government, Friendly Societies, Trade Unions and Census Acts.

The growth of the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the overall development of the statistical function in the Commonwealth led to the downgrading of the statistical function of the Government Statist.

Location of Records

See also List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, sections 3.18.2 (births, deaths and marriages), 3.18.3 and 3.22.2 (census and statistics).

 
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? 1850 - ? 1963 Certificates of Marriage (Counterparts) VPRS 6154 North Melbourne Closed
? 1853 - ? 1960 Registers of Country Births VPRS 6101 North Melbourne Closed
? 1853 - ? 1960 Registers of Country Deaths VPRS 6102 North Melbourne Closed
? 1853 - 1985 Index to Early Church Records VPRS 7292 North Melbourne Part Open
? 1888 - ? 1960 Quarterly Returns of Births and Deaths VPRS 11771 North Melbourne Open
? 1910 - ? 1940 Reports of Still-Births by District VPRS 12064 North Melbourne Open
? 1932 - ? 1960 Register of Births in the District of Melbourne (Duplicates) VPRS 5059 North Melbourne Closed
? 1932 - ? 1960 Register of Deaths in the District of Melbourne (Duplicates) VPRS 5060 North Melbourne Closed
? 1939 - ? 1966 Registers of Marriage Certificates VPRS 10713 North Melbourne Closed
? 1944 - 1990 General Correspondence Files, Single Number System VPRS 11162 North Melbourne Open
? 1951 - ? 1973 Correspondence Files (Interstate Adoptions) VPRS 11688 North Melbourne Closed
? 1953 - 1984 Name Index to Stillbirth Register VPRS 11768 North Melbourne Closed
? 1968 - ? 1968 Name Index Books to Adoptions (Typed Copy) VPRS 11687 North Melbourne Closed
? 1968 - 1989 Name Index Cards to Adoptions VPRS 11681 North Melbourne Closed
1853 - ? 1988 Index to Marriage Registers VPRS 7289 North Melbourne Part Open
1853 - ? 1988 Index to Birth Registers VPRS 7290 North Melbourne Part Open
1853 - ? 1988 Index to Death Register VPRS 7291 North Melbourne Part Open
1853 - ? 1990 Death Register VPRS 8340 North Melbourne Closed
1853 - 1853 Cloth poster specifying regulations for the registration of births and deaths in Victoria VPRS 129 North Melbourne Open
1853 - 1932 Registers Of Metropolitan Births VPRS 696 North Melbourne Closed
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1893 - 1983 Births, deaths and marriages VF 39
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1874 - 1979 Chief Secretary's Department VA 475
1979 - 1983 Department of Property and Services VA 430
1983 - cont Department of Management and Budget VA 1022
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1874 - 1979 Chief Secretary VRG 26
1979 - 1983 Property and Services VRG 69
1983 - cont Treasurer VRG 23