Certain persons and organisations can request information held by the OPP. The OPP refers to these requests as file requests. The Freedom of Information Act 1982 does not apply to file requests.

1. The following persons and organisations may make a file request:

  • victims or family members of victims
  • current or former accused persons or their family members
  • solicitors acting for victims or current or former accused persons
  • law enforcement or other government agencies
  • prosecution witnesses
  • academics or researchers
  • any other person whose rights or liabilities may be affected by the information.

2. A file request must be made in writing to:

The Manager
Policy & Specialised Legal Division
Office of Public Prosecutions
565 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

3. The OPP will provide the information requested subject to:

  • paragraph 4 below; and
  • the payment of any reasonable costs associated with providing the information, such as photocopying costs (unless costs are waived).

4. Unless otherwise permitted by law, the OPP will not provide any information:

  • that remains the property of the court, for example psychiatric reports commissioned by the court.
  • that is ‘personal information’ within the meaning of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.  However, the OPP may provide ‘personal information’ necessary for the purposes of instituting civil proceedings (provided an appropriate undertaking is given by the potential plaintiff’s solicitor).
  • that is ‘health information’ within the meaning of the Health Records Act 2001 except as provided for by that Act or any other law
  • if publication or release of that information breach any legislation or court order
  • that could prejudice any current or future court case
  • that could interfere with an ongoing investigation
  • that could put the safety of any person at risk
  • that is subject to legal professional privilege
  • that could that could embarrass or cause distress to a victim or a family member of a victim
  • that is offensive or distressing
  • that discloses police methodologies
  • which would require unreasonable editing of materials.

5. Where it is reasonably necessary to do so in assessing a file request, the OPP may consult with any relevant person or body about the information requested. In doing so, your name and a brief description of your request will be provided to any person or body with whom we consider it appropriate to consult with.