The NSW Police Force InfoLink Unit, provides a single point of contact for external parties to request information from the NSW Police Force (NSWPF), respond to requests for information in accordance with legislation and manage objections to the release of information when applicable.
Common Information Enquiries
Is the information you are seeking already available to you?
Under the Government Information (Public Access) (GIPA) Act 2009, each NSW Government department and agency is required to publish an annual Publication Guide. The NSW Police Force 'Information Guide' describes the structure and functions of the NSW Police Force, how these functions affect the public and how the public can participate in policy formulation.
Access NSW Police Force Information Guide.
Information previously released by NSWPF under GIPA Act
Details concerning decisions made by NSW Police Force in response to an application that may be of interest to other members of the public may be included on a Disclosure Log.
The NSW Police Force's Disclosure Log provides details of:
- The date the application was decided;
- A description of the information to which access was provided;
- A statement as to whether the information is now available to other members of the public and
- How the information can be accessed.
Do you need information relevant to an insurance claim?
The NSW Police Force complies with The Information and Privacy Commission NSW Privacy Code of Practice. The Code of Practice states that the NSW Police Force may only supply motor vehicle accident or crime incident reports to an insurance company or insurer, or to the agent of an insurance company or insurer, in circumstances where a claim has been lodged against the insurance company or insurer and the report sought relates to that claim. NSW Police Force may supply motor vehicle accident reports to any person directly involved in the accident to which the report sought relates.
Do I have to pay for the information?
Yes. A non-refundable application fee applies for each insurance report provided.
How do I apply?
You can apply by completing an Online Application through the NSW Police Force Community Portal.
You will be required to make payment by credit card through the secure online payment portal when submitting your application for an insurance report.
Further information about this process, including cost, can be found by clicking on the above link.
Is the information related to matters before the court?
If you are a party to court proceedings, and require NSW Police Force records they should be sought by subpoena (further information regarding subpoenas).
Are you seeking information relating to a coronial matter?
If the information you require relates to a deceased person/s whose death was investigated by the State Coroner, please contact the Coroner's Office before completing this application, on telephone no. (02) 8584 7777, or visit the State Coroner http://www.coroners.justice.nsw.gov.au (as information in relation to Coronial matters can only be released by the Coroner’s office).
What information is not available?
The full list of public interest considerations against disclosure can be found within the GIPA Act, PART 2, DIVISION 2, SECTION 14. Some of the most common public interest considerations against disclosure of information are listed below. Where the information would:
- reveal an individual’s personal information,
- contravene an information protection principle under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 or a Health Privacy Principle under the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002,
- prejudice any court proceedings by revealing matter prepared for the purposes of or in relation to current or future proceedings,
- prejudice the fair trial of any person, the impartial adjudication of any case or a person’s right to procedural fairness,
- reveal false or unsubstantiated allegations about a person that are defamatory,
- expose a person to a risk of harm or of serious harassment or serious intimidation,
- in the case of the disclosure of personal information about a child—the disclosure of information that it would not be in the best interests of the child to have disclosed, prejudice the prevention, detection or investigation of a contravention or possible contravention of the law or prejudice the enforcement of the law.