Data contained in the NCIS is restricted to access to authorised users only via an online interface.
Access is available to two categories of users, death investigators and third party researchers, and both categories must complete an approval process.
- Death investigators have responsibilities to assist in coronial investigations, such as Coroners, Registrars, Court Staff and Police. Death Investigators require approval from the State or Chief Coroner in the relevant jurisdiction.
- Third party researchers access the NCIS to conduct ethically approved research projects. Each user category requires approval for access. Third Party Researchers requesting access to the NCIS for a specific research project must follow an approval process which includes approval from an NHMRC endorsed Ethics Committee.
The data is used by death investigators and researchers and is included in internal and external government reporting and recommendations, publications, presentations and media reports. Any use of data for publication must ensure confidentiality for the deceased persons and low numbers which compromise confidentiality are suppressed to protect the identity of the deceased. Members of the media and private organisations or individuals are not permitted direct access to the NCIS but can make a request for data. The NCIS can prepare data reports on request which incur a fee for service and are subject to coronial approval for release. No identifying information is released in these reports. The majority of data requests are for information about suicide.
All publications released by the NCIS are a presentation of statistics only and are free from opinion or commentary.
The ABS accesses the NCIS to code coroner certified deaths in accordance with the International Classification of Disease Tenth Revision (ICD-10). The ABS and the NCIS work closely to ensure data availability for the coding and publication of national suicide figures. Any differences in the publication of figures are due to limitations in release of data and slight differences in the interpretation of coding practices between the two organisations.