Department of State Development

The purpose of the Freedom of Information Act 1991 (SA) (FOI Act) is to promote openness and accountability within the South Australian Government and facilitate public participation in government decision making. 

About Freedom of Information (FOI)

The FOI Act gives members of the public a legally enforceable right to access documents – subject to certain restrictions – held by South Australian Government Agencies, local government authorities, statutory and regulatory bodies and South Australian Universities. The Act also gives you the right to apply to have your personal records amended if the information is incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading.

Making an FOI application 

In accordance with the FOI Act applications must:

  • be made in writing (you may choose to write a letter or use the application form) -  View Freedom of Information request for access (PDF)
  • specify that the application is made under the Freedom of Information Act 1991
  • include your name and an address in Australia to which information can be sent
  • be accompanied by the application fee (PDF) (exemptions apply for Members of Parliament and pensioners or health care card holders)
  • clearly identify the documents being sought or the matter to which they pertain
  • specify if the documents contain your personal information
  • request the form of access you are seeking, for example, specify if you require a copy of the documents or you wish to inspect the documents.

For more information or assistance with making an application please telephone (08) 8303 2297.

Application forms

Making a Request for Access
Download PDF | 157 kb

Making a Request to Amend an Agency’s Records Concerning your Personal Affairs
Download PDF |161 kb

Application to review a determination under FOI

If you are refused access to all or part of a document that you requested access to, you will be informed of the reasons why and advised of your rights to seek a review or appeal.

You can also seek a review or appeal if you have applied for your personal records to be amended under FOI and amendment has been refused.

You can download the application for review of a freedom of Information determination (decision) from Your Rights to Review and Appeal (PDF).

For more information contact:

Ombudsman SA
Phone: (08) 8226 8699
Toll Free: 1800 182 150 (within South Australia)
Email: ombudsman@ombudsman.sa.gov.au

District Court
Phone: (08) 8204 0289
Email: district.civil@courts.sa.gov.au

Making an application to amend a document

Applications can be made to amend a record held by the Agency concerning personal affairs if they are incomplete, incorrect, misleading or out of date.

In accordance with the Act, applications for amendment of documents held by an agency must:

  • be made in writing: you may choose to write a letter or use the application form (PDF)
  • specify that the application is made under the Freedom of Information Act 1991
  • specify an address in Australia to which information can be sent
  • clearly identify the record to be amended
  • provide such information as is necessary in order for the records to be amended

Application to make a request to amend an agency’s records concerning your personal affairs
Download PDF | 142 kb

Send application to:

Forward applications under the Act to:

Accredited Freedom of Information Officer
Department of State Development
Office of the Chief Executive
GPO Box 320
Adelaide SA 5000

Applications can also be emailed to DSD.FOI@sa.gov.au

Contact FOI staff

FOI staff can be reached by phone on (08) 8303 2297 Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm.