A Sydney student will face court accused of hacking into a Sydney fashion school's computer records and leaking a student file on the prime minister's daughter.
The 20-year-old University of Technology student was charged on Monday night with unauthorised access to restricted data held in a computer, NSW Police confirmed.
It's understood the young woman worked as a night librarian at the Whitehouse Institute of Design, which claimed in media reports that its computers had been hacked after news site New Matilda published revelations of a secret $60,000 scholarship awarded to Frances Abbott.
It's believed the charged woman left her job the day after New Matilda published its story.
The writing student has been offered legal assistance by her university's student union.
She will face Downing Centre Local Court on September 18.
New Matilda editor Chris Graham told AAP that the media has a responsibility to protect and assist sources.
"It's concerning that any person who is accused of leaking information in the public interest would be pursued by the government of the day," he said.
The Whitehouse Institute could not be reached for comment.