This project will provide free access to coronial findings with recommendations available in digital form from all Australian jurisdictions in one central location on AustLII.

It will also gather together and link responses made by agencies to coronial recommendations. Some earlier findings with recommendations that only exist in paper form, will be digitised and added to the collection. These resources will then be searchable and cross-indexed to the relevant legislation and case law through citation mining using data-mining.

This will provide an easy and accessible way to search for coronial findings and recommendations that make important contributions to public policy and legislation development.

1 Secure cross-jurisdictional State and Territory coronial findings data sharing agreements.
Establish agreements to enable sharing and aggregation of coronial findings across all States and Territories.
2 Expand the national data asset to include non published coronial responses and recommendations
Locate and secure published responses to recommendations Additionally, iInitiate discussion for access to non published responses.
3 Digitising Coronial finding
Digitise legacy paper-based files of Coronial findings where available.
4 Ongoing delivery and access to Coronial findings
Establish sustainable data pipelines between each Coronial court and AustLII..
5 Launch of the 'Australian Coronial Library'
The 'Australian Coronial Library' and its embodied databases will be built and made available for free access online.

Core features

Community support and involvement
A strong sense of community support and involvement in developing answers to some of the more difficult questions our sector faces.
Ignite ideas and discussions
Enabling diverse stakeholders to engage in discussions and sharing of ideas to shape a research data commons for our nation.

Who is this project for?

  • Peak bodies
  • Research organisations
  • Infrastructure providers
  • Commercial eInfrastructure providers
  • Government (state and commonwealth)

What does this project enable?

Placing coronial findings with recommendations on AustLII will allow more comprehensive integration of the coronial process within the wider legal ecosystem, integrated with both legislative and case law frameworks in all Australian jurisdictions, with existing legal scholarship (located on AustLII), and with Australia’s treaty obligations. Transforming and improving the way investigations are conducted will lead to broader and more informed responses to findings and recommendations.

The potential breadth of use of this data for ‘input into evidence based government policy’ extends far beyond the legal community and is potentially as broad as all communities that may be affected by the outcomes of coronial proceedings and should be considered an important component of accountability and transparency, which enhances civil society and enabling an understanding of how justice is delivered through the coronial inquest function and of the redress systems and recommendations that result.

These contributions will go well beyond the contributions to academic research that are the more obvious outcomes of the data’s availability.

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