Access to government information and data
Open government data
Open data means providing unrestricted data and information to everyone. By doing so, it:
- promotes innovation and new business opportunities through the reuse of data
- allows greater transparency through public scrutiny of government activities.
All government agencies must make their data publicly accessible. This data is available on data.sa.gov.au.
Disclosure of government information
Government information that is regularly released under Freedom of Information (FOI) is available on each department's website.
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 needing an FOI application.
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 means you may not be able to access parts of some documents.
Accountable government - Department of the Premier and Cabinet
FOI disclosure logs
When an agency provides access to non-personal information under FOI, it may make that information available to a wider audience. Each agency publishes this information on its website. The policy that authorises this is Cabinet Circular PC045.
Freedom of Information (FOI)
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 1991 gives you a legal right to access documents held by government.
FOI in South Australia - State Records