A coroner may make recommendations following an investigation that relate to public health and safety to help prevent similar deaths in the future.
Fatal facts is a unique NCIS service providing access to coronial recommendations from across all Australian states and territories.
Fatal facts contains cases closed by a coroner from 2000. The NCIS Unit is currently preparing cases closed from 2021 onwards.
New Zealand cases are not included in Fatal facts search from April 2013 onwards, or in PDF editions from 37 onwards. New Zealand coronial recommendations are published by Coronial Services of New Zealand.
Fatal facts is based on information available in the NCIS at the time of reporting.
Category tags are assigned by the NCIS Unit to each Fatal facts case based on the case circumstances and recommendations made.
|Adverse medical effects||Adverse effects from medical or surgical treatment, failure to comply with medical advice|
|Aged care||Incidents that occurred in an aged care or assisted living facility or residence, including a retirement village|
|Animal||Incidents where an animal was involved in the death|
|Child and infant death||Any case involving a child or infant|
|Domestic incident||Incidents as a result of a domestic injury or event|
|Drugs and alcohol||Deaths where drugs or alcohol or both made a primary or secondary contribution|
|Electrocution||Cases where electrocution contributed to death|
|Falls||Incidents where a fall was involved in the circumstances or cause of death|
|Fire related||Incidents where a fire was involved in the circumstances or cause of death|
|Geographic||Cases where the geographic region is significant to the death, such as a remote location|
|Homicide and assault||Deaths due to interpersonal violence|
|Indigenous||Cases where the indigenous status of a person was relevant to the circumstances of death|
|Intentional self-harm||Deaths determined by a coroner to be due to intentional self-harm|
|Law enforcement||Includes police pursuits, deaths in custody, legal or court issues and coronial investigation or police procedures|
|Leisure activity||Any leisure activity that directly influenced the circumstances of death|
|Location||Cases where the location type of either the incident or the discovery of the body is of significance. Does not refer to geographic location|
|Mental illness and health||Cases where mental health issues or their management were relevant to the death, whether diagnosed or anecdotal|
|Misadventure||Risk-taking behaviour such as train surfing|
|Natural cause death||Cases where the death was due to natural causes|
|Older persons||Cases where the agedness of a person was a factor in the death|
|Physical health||Cases where the existing physical health of the person contributed but was not necessarily the cause of death|
|Sports related||Cases where a sporting incident contributed to death|
|Transport and traffic related||Cases involving road, water and air vehicle incidents, motorised or naturally powered. Includes cases of pedestrians impacted by transport vehicles|
|Water related||Includes swimming, scuba, snorkelling, boating, fishing and all water-based activities in either a recreational or commercial context|
|Weather related||Cases where the environmental conditions such as heatwave or storm conditions contributed to death|
|Work related||Cases where a work incident is related to the death|
|Weapon||Cases where the involvement of a weapon is significant|
|Youth||Cases where the youth of a person was a factor in the death|
Fatal facts search
Fatal facts search is a tool to help you find coronial recommendations.
Fatal facts editions
Fatal facts editions contain summaries of cases with coronial recommendations made by an Australian state or territory coroner within a three-month period.
The following special editions contain coronial recommendations relating to specific topics of interest where the case was closed by a coroner between 2008 and 2010.
Published May 2014
Published February 2013
Published May 2012
Published March 2011
Published March 2009
Earlier editions are available upon request.