Click here to see the Winners for the 2023 VCHA 

Entries have now closed for projects created between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023. The 2024 entries should open in early June 2024 on this website so keep an eye out. This will be for projects which come to fruition between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024.


The Victorian Community History Awards had an uncertain start in 2023 and we are delighted that the State Government has again funded these awards which were established in 1997 with the first awards being made in 1998. They have run continuously since then except for 1 year, when their funding was not forthcoming. For the last 12 years the RHSV has managed the awards in a happy partnership with the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV). Because of the delay in funding the awards have been moved to the second half of 2023 with a tighter-than-usual timeline. Please note the relevant dates for applicants:

Applications close  5pm, Friday 13 October 2023 (entries must be complete by this date)

Awards ceremony at the Victorian Arts Centre: Friday 2 February, 2024

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the RHSV:  or +61 3 9326 9288


Victorian Community

History Awards 2023


Entry Form



PROV Collection: Watching the Moomba procession, VPRS 8357/P0001/71, Photograph 49









The Victorian Community History Awards are proudly presented by Public Record Office Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

The Awards recognise excellence and originality in historical storytelling. The range of award categories reflects the variety of formats that can be used to enrich the lives of Victorians through history.

Please read the conditions of entry carefully before entering. By entering, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and comply with the conditions of entry and that all appropriate research and
consultation has been undertaken and necessary permissions obtained in the creation of your work.

Entries close 5pm Friday 13 October 2023.
The awards ceremony will be held in early 2024

Due to the time constraints in 2023 we will not be announcing a shortlist but winners and commended entries will be announced at the Awards Ceremony. 

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Conditions of entry

Only Australian organisations and/or residents are eligible to enter. Subject matter is limited to non-fiction and creative non-fiction where history is primarily related to the State of Victoria, or projects that encourage greater access to Victorian collections.

Creators must not be State Government Departments or Agencies as defined in the Victorian Government Directory. Current Councillors and paid staff of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) are ineligible. Creators are those groups or individuals responsible for researching, writing and producing the work, which may be separate from the role of the Publisher.

The official entry form must accompany each entry.

Hardcopy book entries must include three copies of the finished publication (not drafts or proofs). If submitting your book via the online portal, your application will not be valid until your copies have been physically received by RHSV. After judging, books will be added to the RHSV collection and used for review across RHSV publications.

Non-print entries must be provided in an accessible format ie. a DVD or USB if delivered, or if submitted online, a URL link which must remain accessible until December 31 2023. Judges will not be able to attend physical activities in person, so entries for exhibitions or tours should be accompanied by comprehensive supporting material such as programs, maps and photographs. Exhibition entries must include all text from exhibition panels and a video (phone is fine) of the space.

Entries must be original and the property of the entrant. Any publisher submitting on behalf of an author must have the consent of the author.

Entrants’ work must have been completed (ie. published, exhibited or launched) between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023.

Entries must be received by 5pm Friday 13 October 2023.

Entries will not be returned, and late entries won’t be accepted.

If you believe there may be a perceived conflict of interest, please attach further information for the judges to examine eligibility.

The judges may move entries to a category other than the one entered at their discretion.

Judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into or feedback provided.

Public Record Office Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria reserve the right to exhibit or publish, in whole or in part, any submissions to promote the Awards.

Victorian Premier’s History Award $5,000

This award recognises the most outstanding community history project submitted in any category.


Nominate for one of the following categories

Winning projects across all categories will ideally display excellence, originality, scholarship, popular appeal, accessibility and local community involvement as judged by the Victorian Community History Awards panel of judges.

The Collaborative Community History Award $2,000

Recognises the best collaborative community work involving significant contribution from several individuals or groups.

The Community Diversity Award $1,500

Recognises the publication or project which best reflects diversity and inclusion and tells the history of cultural diversity in Victoria.

The Local History Project Award $2,000

Recognises the best activity by an individual or group to enhance awareness of records of significance to local communities, including but not limited to digitising, indexing, and original research.

The Oral History Award $1,500

Recognises the best oral history presentation in any format that uses first person interviews with individuals with unique life experiences and memories. Presented in collaboration with Oral History Victoria. Visit for examples of oral history.

The Small Organisation History Project Award $1,500

Recognises the best activity to enhance awareness of records of significance by a small group or historical society with an annual operating budget of less than $10,000.

The History Interpretation Award $1,500

Recognises the project which best uses a unique format of historical representation, for instance history related experiences told through physical exhibitions, artistic or musical interpretations, walks or tours.

The History Publication Award $2,000

Recognises the best publication or e-book on Victorian history which could include a biography or story of social, urban, institutional, regional or cultural history

The History Article Award $500

Recognises the best article featuring Victorian history (not necessarily entirely focused on Victoria) published in a journal. Articles must be written in a scholarly style using appropriate conventions of citation.

The Small History Publication Award $1,500

Recognises the best small-sized publication, PDF or e-book (maximum 150 pages) which features Victorian local, cultural or social history.

The Digital Storytelling Award $1,500

Recognises the best digital presentation of history including, but not limited to, multimedia presentations, mobile or online applications, videos and podcasts.


Please note: the way you fill in this form will dictate how we list your name and your project’s name in any certificates or promotion.

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