Government

Make a freedom of information request

You have a legal right to:

  • seek access to documents from a state government agency, local council or university
  • request amendments to documents relating to you that are incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading.

Freedom of information (FOI) requests are processed by the agency that holds the information.

Before you begin

Before making an application you may wish to speak to the FOI officer in the agency that holds the information. They will be able to tell you if making an FOI application is the best approach. If you don't know which agency holds the information, phone State Records on 8204 8786 and ask for assistance.

Find agency contact details

When FOI is not the right process

The information types listed here are not available through FOI - phone the agency listed for assistance.

Type of information Contact details
Court documents Courts Administration authority - phone 8226 1288
Vehicle registration and licensing Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure - phone 8260 0531

How to apply

What you'll need

When you make your application you'll need to provide enough information to enable the correct documents to be identified. If you're uncertain about this, speak to the FOI officer at the agency concerned.

If the documents relate to your personal affairs, you may need to provide proof of your identity.

If the documents relate to the personal affairs of someone else, and you're making the application of their behalf, you may need written consent signed by them.

Online

You can apply to most state government agencies online. It should take about ten minutes to complete the process.

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Post

FOI application forms can be downloaded from the State Records of South Australia website.

Send the completed form to agency that holds the information you want to access.

Fee

There is usually a fee for making an application - currently this is $34.25.

If you hold a current concession card, or can show that the paying the fees would cause financial hardship, the agency must waive or reduce them.

Individual agencies may also charge additional processing fees. They will advise you of this once they receive your application.

The decision

You'll receive a written decision, called a Notice of Determination. If your request is refused, or part of it is refused, the notice will explain why this has happened.

If your application is for non-personal information and it's successful, details of your application and the documents disclosed may be published in a disclosure log on the agency's website. The policy that authorises this is Cabinet Circular PC045.

Review

If you don't agree with the agency's decision or you don't receive a response, you can lodge an application for review. Speak to the FOI officer in the agency concerned about how to do this.


Related information

Other websites

FOI in South Australia - State Records of South Australia

Legislation


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Page last updated 3 October 2017

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