QLD Are Police Arrest Logs Public Information?

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  1. Anics

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    Hello,

    I'm interested in knowing if police arrest logs at a (any) police station in Australia or more specifically Queensland are public information and if any citizen is able to simply ask their local police station for the log book to view it?

    To be more specific in what I'm asking, I'm from California and the government code 6254 which can be found here.

    Says this:
    Does Australia have any similar law regarding public access to information of this type or are there privacy laws that prevent this? If so, which specific laws allow this or prevent this?

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards.
     
  2. Scruff

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    All Police services in Australia are government agencies and are therefore subject to various legislation regarding the release of personal information. In short, government departments and agencies are prohibited from releasing information from which a person's identity can be determined unless there is an overwhelming public interest to do so.

    So to answer your question - no, Australia does not have public registers or logs where simply anyone can walk in and look up arrest details, and rightfully so. Remember that an arrest is only an accusation, not a conviction.

    The closest you could get (for an individual) would a criminal history check, which is a paid service (around $50 per query I think). And even that I think would only show convictions, not arrests.

    For Queensland, the relative legislation would be the Information Privacy Act 2009.
    See section 11 of Schedule 3 (Information privacy principles).
     
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