Access to the database is available for ethically approved research and investigation. Applicants must have a bona fide interest or professional role in public health and safety or a statutory requirement to collect and publish data. All applications for access must undergo ethics review prior to approval. An annual fee for service applies. The media and private organisations or individuals are not permitted direct access to the NCIS but can make a request for data.

Access is available to two categories of users and both categories must complete an approval process.

Researchers

Organisations and researchers with a bona fide interest or professional role in public health and safety may apply for access. Applicants can include: academic institutions and research centres; hospitals and public health networks; non-profit organisations and community groups and government agencies. All applications for third party researcher access must undergo ethics review prior to  approval.

Researcher request for access

Organisations and researchers with a bona fide interest or professional role in public health and safety

Death investigators

Coroners, court registrars, police assisting and other medical, scientific or legal professionals who are tasked with assisting a coroner are eligible to apply for access. Death Investigators require approval from the State or Chief Coroner.

Death investigator request for access

Coroners, court staff, police assisting and other professional assisting a coroner

Data on-provision

Data contained in the NCIS can be on-provided under certain conditions. Organisations can apply to the NCIS to become Providing Agencies for the on-provision of NCIS sourced data to external parties. See Data on-provision for applications forms or contact ncis@ncis.org.au for enquiries.