Frequently requested documents
RTI access applications received in the Department of Justice and Attorney-General are generally for the following:
- criminal history
- court records and transcripts
- birth, death or marriage certificates
- coronial records
- electoral roll
- Public Guardian investigations
- ministerial media statements
- cabinet documents
- other departmental information.
An application for a person’s criminal history must be made by the individual concerned or their legal representative. This document is most often sought for court-related purposes.
Read more on criminal history checks.
Court records and transcripts
The Supreme Court is generally open access (subject to specific court orders). Requests to access court records can be made at the registry of the court in which the proceedings were initiated. For more information on registry locations, opening hours, and eCourts online document search facilities visit the Queensland Courts website.
Court records such as complaint, order and documentary exhibits other than photos are generally available to any person on written application to the clerk of the court and payment of the prescribed fee. Contact Queensland Courts.
Auscript provides recording and transcription services for proceedings in the Supreme and District Courts, Industrial Relations Commission, Royal Commissions and various tribunals throughout Queensland. Transcripts of matters heard in a Magistrates Court are available from the court registry of the courthouse where the matter was heard.
Birth, death or marriage certificates
The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages can provide copies of birth, death or marriage certificates to appropriate people (normally immediate family members) on request. You will need to prove your identity and pay the appropriate fee.
If you are applying on behalf of someone else, you will need their written authorisation and prove both your and their identities. You must provide your name and your residential and postal addresses when seeking information or advice from the registry.
Certain people may access some coronial records in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Coroner. Copies of depositions and post mortem reports may only be accessed by relatives or people having a ‘sufficient interest’ in the matter.
People with a ‘sufficient interest’, and genuine researchers may obtain access to ‘investigation documents’, as defined in the Act. For more information, or to apply for access to relevant documents, contact the Office of State Coroner.
Any person may inspect the Queensland electoral roll free of charge by visiting the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) or any regional office of the ECQ. Phone 1300 881 665 for an office closest to you.
Public Guardian investigations
The Public Guardian has a discretion to disclose information about investigations to individuals or members of the public where they are satisfied it is in the public interest to do so. For more information, or to request investigation documents under this provision, contact the Office of the Public Guardian.
Ministerial media statements
Ministers release media statements every day and these are published online on the ministerial media statements web page.
Some decisions of Cabinet are released by Government but other decisions are not made available and may be exempt under the Right to Information Act 2009. Certain Cabinet decisions are published online.
Other information requests
Members of the public also request the following information:
- Director of Public Prosecutions, prosecution files
- policy and legislation files
- Youth Justice files
- Office of Fair Trading files
- Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation files
- Queensland Corrective Services files
- internal recruitment, grievance and disciplinary staff files.