The Victorian Cervical Cytology Registry was established in 1989 after amendments to the Cancer (Central Registers) Act. The functions of the Registry as defined by the Act are as follows:
- to follow up positive results from cancer tests;
- to send reminder notices when persons whose names appear in the register are due for cancer tests;
- subject to and in accordance with the regulations, to give access to the register to persons studying cancer;
- to report to the Victorian Cancer Registry in accordance with Section 60 (1A) of the Cancer Act;
- to compile statistics and, if the organisation considers it appropriate, to publish those statistics that do not identify the persons to whom they relate.