Can I ask for someone’s personal information if they have died?

Personal information is defined as information about a living individual, so there is no right to obtain information about a deceased person under the Privacy Act.

However, there is an exception to this which allows the executor of a deceased individual’s estate to request that individual's health information from health agencies.

That request must then be treated as if the individual was making a request for their own health information.

Executors and administrators of estates have rights to some information under other laws as well, so that they can administer the estate effectively.

If the individual’s death has been investigated by the Coroner, then depending on whether or not a person is immediately related to the individual, there is certain information that can be requested from the Coroner. For more information about requesting records from Coronial Services, see its website.(external link)