National Coronial Information System - NCIS
The National Coronial Information System (NCIS) was launched in 2000 as a resource for the collection, storage and access of coronial data. Data is sourced from all coronial jurisdictions in Australia and New Zealand about all reportable deaths. It enables coroners, their staff, public sector agencies, researchers and other agencies to obtain evidence to inform death and injury prevention activities.
All Australian and New Zealand coronial jurisdictions have a statutory obligation to investigate certain kinds of deaths as defined by their respective Coroners Act. The Coronial Act governing each state and territory defines what constitutes a ‘reportable death’ to determine which deaths must be investigated by a Coroner. In essence, a Coroner has a responsibility to determine what has happened in accidental, unexpected or unexplained deaths. This includes cases of suicide. The Coroners role includes determining the medical cause of the person’s death and the circumstances in which this occurred. The Coroner is aided by investigations by police, medical specialists and other experts. Where appropriate a Coroner will make recommendations in an effort to increase community safety and prevent similar fatalities in the future.
Data contained in NCIS is collected as part of an investigative process and not a data collection process. Therefore, the information contained in the NCIS reflects the level of detail obtained through the investigation and the comprehensiveness of data collection can vary.
Further information about Coronial jurisdictions can be found at:
How to access data
NCIS data is accessible in three forms: fact sheets, research reports and direct system access.
Fact sheets are prepared by the NCIS in consultation with subject matter experts in each field. Fact sheets provide evidence-based information on topics of high public interest and are made available to the general public and are often cited in media reports. Previously published fact sheets cover topics such as Intentional Self-harm: Indigenous Australians and Intentional Self-harm: Emergency Services Personnel.
- Further information about NCIS fact sheets can be found on the website NCIS Fact Sheets
Research reports are prepared upon request by parties with a bona fide interest in death and injury prevention. Depending on the specifications of the request, data reports are generally more focused than fact sheets, providing aggregate, statistical data without identifying information. A fee is charged for the preparation of the reports and before being distributed, each research report is approved by the relevant Coroner.
- Request a data report NCIS data report
Direct Access - Researchers
Direct system access is available for those wishing to conduct an ethically approved research project utilising data from the NCIS. Typically, this includes universities, research centres and death review committees. All third party applications are subject to internal and external ethics approval and incur an annual fee for access. Direct system access includes access to identifying information.
- Details about how to apply for direct access is available from the NCIS website Request System Access - Researchers