Coroner's process

Once a death is reported, the coroner begins the process of investigating the circumstances of the death to establish the medical cause of death. This may involve an autopsy and/or an inquest, resulting in the coroner making findings and, potentially, recommendations for how to prevent the type of death occurring again.

Below are links to information about the various steps in the coroner’s process.

Reportable deaths

Defining reportable deaths and who should report them, including information for health practitioners

Coronial investigations

The process of a coronial investigation, initiated by a reportable death

Autopsies (post mortem)

Types of autopsies, retaining organs and tissues, getting samples and the autopsy report and when a body is released for funeral

Death certificates

How to get a copy of a death certificate after an autopsy


What happens at inquests, who attends and how to request one


Your role as a witness in a coroner’s inquest

Findings information

How the coroner makes written findings, what they can and can’t do, where they’re published and what to do if you disagree

Coronial recommendations

Recommendations on deaths relating to public health and safety, administration of justice or ways to prevent deaths occurring