How to access information from the Queensland Police

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has administrative access policies in place allowing people to access commonly requested information, some of which are set out below. These are generally quicker than making a formal application under the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI Act) or Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP Act). If the information you are looking for is not available under one of those policies, you will need to make an RTI or IP application.

Police reports

Some QPS reports are available from CITEC Confirm. CITEC Confirm provides access to:

  • Crime reports – including lost property, stolen property, arson, fraud, theft/break and enter and property damage.
  • Traffic incident reports where a police officer attends the scene of the incident or the matter is reported at a police station and an officer completes a QPRIME report.

To access these reports, you should contact CITEC Confirm on 1800 773 773or confirm@citec.com.au.

If a report is not available from CITEC Confirm—and this includes reports made via PoliceLink—you will need to make an application under the RTI Act or IP Act.

Person History

A Person History is a record of all charges made against someone by QPS officers, regardless of any outcome in court. It also contains cautions, community conferences, and youth justice agreements made under the Youth Justice Act 1992. A Person History from the QPS is limited to Queensland charges and information.

An application for a Person History must generally be made to the QPS by the person it is about (or their nominated representative) and accompanied by certified ID. Details on how to apply and where to send the application can be found on the QPS website.

Criminal History checks

Criminal History (Queensland Only)

​A Queensland Criminal History check contains details of convictions for criminal offences where they were the result of prosecutions initiated by QPS officers. It only records convictions made in QLD.

An application for a Queensland criminal history check must generally be made to the QPS by the person it is about (or their nominated representative) and appropriate ID must be provided. Application forms and more details on applying can be found on the QPS website.

National criminal history checks (National Police Certificates)

A National criminal history check shows details of criminal history records held by police services Australia-wide. There are three types of national criminal history checks:

  • Name only search: A name only National Police Certificate contains information based on a search of your name against the criminal history records held by police services Australia-wide. A name only search is most commonly sought for employment purposes.
  • Name with fingerprints: A fingerprint based National Police Certificate contains criminal history information about you held by police services Australia-wide based on a search of your name and fingerprints. A name with fingerprints search is most commonly sought by persons applying for a visa to work or reside in another country, or for adoption purposes.
  • Name with ASIO Security Assessment: This kind of National Police Certificate contains information based on a search of your name against the criminal history records held by police services Australia-wide, along with an ASIO security assessment relating to politically motivated violence.

Applications for national criminal history checks must generally be made to the QPS by the person they are about (or their nominated representative) and accompanied by appropriate ID. Application forms and more details on applying can be found on the QPS website.

Court Brief (QP9)

A Court Brief (also called a QP9) is a written report prepared by the Queensland Police Prosecutions unit when someone is charged with an offence and the matter is to be heard in a court. It lists the exact charge, a brief description of the facts which the police are alleging, and any criminal or traffic history. Generally, only the victim or their authorised legal representative will be provided with a copy, and only where the court proceedings have been finalised and the appeal period has expired.

Generally, the request for a copy will need to be accompanied by details of the court appearance, details of offence, and appropriate identification. Details about applying for a copy of a Court Brief are available on the QPS website.

If you are requesting a Court Brief for an upcoming court matter, please contact the Department of Police Prosecutions to obtain a copy.

Court Transcripts

Court transcripts are not held by QPS or by the Courts. Auscript, a contractor to government, is responsible for recording court proceedings and providing transcripts. Generally, anyone can apply for a transcript of a court proceeding if the Court was not closed. Auscript's website provides details on purchasing transcripts. There is a fee waiver application available for people in financial hardship and victims of certain offences can access a transcript at no charge.

Auscript can be contacted on 1800 287 274 or clientservices@auscript.com.au.

Fingerprints

​​If a person requires their fingerprints to be taken, for example to obtain a foreign passport, they can attend a QLD police station and provide a QLD police officer with the fingerprint forms1, the relevant documentation requesting the fingerprints, and appropriate identification. More information is available on the QPS website.

Photographs

QPS photographs or video stills may be available to people captured in them or to people who were involved in a relevant police incident.  Generally, applications would need to be made on the QPS application form and accompanied by appropriate ID. More information about applying is available on the QPS website.

Fees and charges

Information about the QPS' current fees and charges is available here on the QPS website: Documents for purchase from QPS.

RTI and IP access applications

If the documents you want to access are not available through the QPS's administrative access policies, you will need to apply under the RTI or IP Act. To make an RTI or IP application, you need to complete an RTI/IP application form (either online or download the pdf2). If you are using the hardcopy application form you can post it to:

Right to Information
Queensland Police Service
GPO Box 1440
Brisbane Qld 4000

Alternatively, you can scan it and email it to rti@police.qld.gov.au

For more information on how to make an application, refer to: How do I apply for government documents? and What to expect when you apply for documents.

Accessing police investigation documents

Under the RTI and IP Acts you have the right to apply to access police documents, however the right to apply does not mean you will automatically be given access to everything.  Access will be refused to information that is exempt or contrary to the public interest to release.

This includes, for example, the name of a person who made a complaint or anything that would reveal a confidential source of information or prejudice an ongoing investigation. For more information, please refer to Applying for complaint documents.

Current as at: November 5, 2018