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Data custodian: National Coroners Information System
Address: 57-83 Kavanagh Street, Southbank, VIC, 3006
Telephone: 03 9684 4414
Facsimile: 03 9684 4475
To contribute to a reduction in death and injury in the Australian and New Zealand Community by providing information to investigators and researchers about the frequency and nature of deaths reported to Australian and New Zealand Coroners.
The National Coroners Information System (NCIS) is an internet based data storage and retrieval system for Australian coronial cases. It includes information about every death reported to an Australian coroner since July 2000 (January 2001 for Queensland), and for New Zealand since 1 July 2007.
Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)
2 Information may be included within attached documentation.
Definition of Family and Domestic Violence
FDV is not specifically defined within the NCIS database. Possible cases of interest relating to Family and Domestic Violence within the NCIS could include homicides within family or domestic settings; homicide/suicides; suicides predicated by previous abuse; or infant or child neglect resulting in death. History of non-physical types of abuse may be mentioned in the deceased or perpetrator history described in attached documentation.
Identifying these possible cases would need to be done using a variety of different search techniques, and would not be quickly or easily identifiable as a “FDV” related death.
There is current consideration about the addition of a flag to the NCIS to identify family/domestic violence related deaths.
Aspects of FDV captured by the data are:
Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)
Each State and Territory in Australia and the New Zealand government have a licence agreement with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine that permits the transfer of coronial information for storage and dissemination via the NCIS.
Coronial clerks in each of the coroners offices enter data directly into local case management systems. Data from these case management systems is uploaded to the NCIS on a regular basis (in most cases nightly or weekly). Full text documents are either attached to the local case management systems by the coroners courts, or transferred directly to the NCIS from the originating organisation (eg. Post-mortem reports from the Forensic Science Centre).
The coroners clerks use the information contained within the coronial file as the basis for their data entry.
All information transferred to the NCIS is performed in accordance with State and Federal Privacy legislation.
Access to identifying information will often be restricted until the case has been finalised by a coroner.
For cases reported to a coroner, where a criminal investigation is undertaken, the case will often be put on hold with the coroner’s office until the completion of the criminal process. Cases of suspected or alleged FDV may therefore remain open on the NCIS for a significant period of time from the date of reporting, before a coronial determination is made.
Has this data source changed?
Contact the ABS to report updates or corrections to the information above.