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Freedom of Information

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 exemptions – 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also gives you the right to apply to have your personal records amended if the information is incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading.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
  • 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 (an email address is sufficient)
  • be accompanied by the application fee (exemptions apply for Members of Parliament and Commonwealth Concession 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.

Due to the specialised nature of the work that the OSBC manage and to protect our clients an exemption to the FOI Act was gazetted on 18 December 2014. 

Freedom of Information (Exempt Agency) Regulation 2008.

For more information about Freedom of Information in South Australia visit the State Records website.

To submit your application online please click here.  

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.

For more information read our Information Statement or contact:

Ombudsman SA
Phone (08) 8226 8699
Toll Free 1800 182 150 (within South Australia)




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