Access to government information and data
Open government data
Open data means providing unrestricted data and information to everyone. Open data can:
- promote innovation and new business opportunities through the reuse of data
- allow greater transparency through public scrutiny of government activities.
The state government has made data available for use by business and the community. All government agencies are required to make their data publicly accessible. This data is held on the South Australian Government Data Directory.
Freedom of Information (FOI)
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 1991 gives you a legal right to access documents held by government. The Act allows you to:
- request access to documents from a state government agency, local council or university
- request changes to documents relating to you which are incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading
- seek a review of a decision made by a state government agency, local council or university.
Making an FOI application
The State Records website provides details about:
- the type of documents you can access
- how to make an FOI application
- how to apply to amend your personal information within a document that is inaccurate, incomplete, out of date or misleading.
Proactive disclosure of government information
Government information that is regularly released under FOI is available on each department's website.
The South Australian Cabinet has approved the proactive publication of selected cabinet documents, when they become 10 years old. These documents are available to members of the public without requiring an FOI application.
The first group of cabinet documents to be proactively published are from the year 2002. At the start of every year, more cabinet documents will be published as they become 10 years old.
While this process gives greater access to cabinet documents, exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act 1991 may still apply to protect personal privacy, national security, law enforcement and public safety. This may mean you will not be able to access parts of some cabinet documents.
The Department of the Premier and Cabinet website has details on accountable government, which includes cabinet documents, FOI information, and proactive disclosure details of the premier and chief executive