Right to Information
The Right to Information Act 2009 (replacing the Freedom of Information Act 1991) commenced on 1 July 2010 and provides for greater access to information held by government bodies by:
- authorising and encouraging greater routine disclosure of information held by public authorities without the need for requests or applications
- authorising and encouraging greater active disclosure of information held by public authorities in response to informal requests without the need for applications
- giving members of the public an enforceable right to information held by public authorities, and
- providing that access to information held by government bodies is restricted in only limited circumstances which are defined in the Act.
The Department of Police and Emergency Management is a public authority.
The Right to Information (RTI) office only release information that is not available from another source. If you wish to apply for a copy of a Traffic Crash Report, Offence Report or Police File please see the below details for how to make these applications.
I have been in a traffic accident/crash and my insurance company want a copy of the Police Crash Report, what do I do?
To obtain a copy of a Traffic Crash Report (for a crash you or your vehicle were involved in) apply in writing to your nearest Traffic Accident/Crash Records office. A file service fee of $53.90 applies.
Traffic Accident/Crash Records are at the following police stations. Contact details for each of these stations can be located on the Contact Us page:
My property has been damaged and/or I have been the victim of a burglary. My insurance company want a copy of the Offence Report, what do I do?
To obtain a copy of an Offence Report apply in writing to Operational Information Services. A file service fee of $53.90 applies.
- Offence Reports
Operational Information Services
GPO Box 308
HOBART TAS 7001
I have been charged with an offence and need a copy of the Police File, what do I do?
To obtain a copy of a Police File (relating to offences you have been charged with) complete the Request for Disclosure of Information form and forward it to your nearest Prosecution Services office. A file service fee of $53.90 applies (unless you have a Legal Aid Certificate for being impecunios (unable to pay)).
Prosecution Services are at the following police stations. Contact details for each of these stations can be located on the Contact Us page:
For further information, or to contact any of the above locations, please call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.