Traffic Crash Reports are administered within Accident Records, Tasmania Police.

Information Services liaise with operational police, members of the public, insurance companies and other interested parties in relation to claims for vehicle, property and personal injury.

Guidelines for Reporting a Traffic Crash

A traffic crash means an occurrence arising from the operation of any vehicle, aircraft or vessel whereby any person or animal is injured or any property is damaged. It includes any other contingency or similar result requiring investigation or attention by police in the public interest, and includes a crash as defined in the Australian Road Rules.

Where possible, at the scene of the crash all drivers must exchange details (if able to do so), including full names, addresses and registration numbers of all drivers, pedestrians and vehicles involved. A traffic crash must be reported within 12 months of the date of the crash for a claim to be made under the provisions of the Motor Accidents Insurance Board (MAIB).

From 13 August 2013, minor crashes which meet the following criteria can be reported online by members of the public utilising the Traffic Crash Reporting System (TCRS), (without the need to report to a police officer):

  • The crash occurred in Tasmania
  • No one was injured or killed
  • The crash was not a hit and run
  • All drivers involved exchanged details
  • No vehicles were towed or carried away.

Guidelines for Requesting Traffic Crash Report Copies

Traffic Crash Reports are managed in accordance with the provisions of the Tasmania Police Manual. The release of a Traffic Crash Report is conducted in according with the specifications of the Personal Information Protection Act 2004, the Youth Justice Act 1997 and the Right to Information Act 2009.

A member of the public involved in a crash can request a copy of the Traffic Crash Report for their records.  If a driver involved in a crash is under the age of 18 years, the request should be made by a parent or guardian.  Requests for Traffic Crash Reports can also be made by Insurance Agents, Brokers, Assessors, Lawyers, Hire Car Companies and Investigators provided they are submitted on organisational letterhead.

Members of the public who have reported a crash online using the TCRS are able to print/save a copy of the Crash Report at the time they submit it.

To request a copy of a Traffic Crash Report, apply in writing to Accident Records, Tasmania Police. Applications must include details of the driver of the vehicle, and the date and location of the crash.

A file service fee of $53.90 (including GST) applies (payable to Tasmania Police), unless otherwise agreed with Information Services. Payment must be provided at the time of application.

  • In the event of an emergency phone Tasmania Police on Triple Zero (000)
  • For non-emergencies phone the Police Assistance Line on 131 444
  • Visit your nearest police station to report a minor traffic crash if required.