How is NCIS data accessed?

The NCIS is directly accessible to authorised users via an online interface or via factsheets and research reports dependent upon need.

Direct access for authorised users

Direct access is available to two categories of users, death investigators and third party researchers, and both categories must complete an approval process.

Death Investigators, such as Coroners, Registrars, Court Staff and Police are responsible for assisting a coroner in the investigation of a reportable death. 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. Reporting of low frequency may compromise confidentiality. Reporting on low frequency is often suppressed to protect the identity of the deceased.

Details about how to apply for direct access is available from the NCIS website Request System Access - Researchers


Members of the media and private organisations or individuals are not permitted direct access to the NCIS but can make a request for data reports. 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.

Further information about accessing data reports is available from NCIS General Enquiries

Fact-sheets

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.

Data Reports

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.

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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.