FOI and your rights
The Freedom of Information Act 1991 gives you a legal right to:
- request access to documents held by State Government agencies, Government Ministers, Local Councils or State Universities
- request the amendment of documents about you which are incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading
- seek a review of a decision made by a State Government agency, Government Minister, Local Council or University.
State Records and FOI
State Records of South Australia assists the Minister responsible for the Freedom of Information Act 1991 administer the legislation by doing the following things:
- giving general advice to members of the public
- giving advice to the Minister and government agencies
- drafting policy, guidelines and information sheets
- training staff from government agencies on how to manage freedom of information applications.
State Records does not process freedom of information applications. To access documents or amend personal documents held by State Government agencies, Local Councils or State Universities, you can make a freedom of information application directly to one of those agencies.
If you have a question about freedom of information or need help making a freedom of information application, you can contact any government agency direct, or you can contact State Records on our FOI hotline number (08) 8204 8786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOI outside of South Australia
Each Australian state and territory and the Commonwealth Government have their own freedom of information legislation. Some call their legislation different names, such as Right to Information, but the process is similar.
To access documents from another state or territory or from a Commonwealth Government agency, please click on the relevant link below.
Australian Government (Commonwealth Government)
Australian Capital Territory Government
New South Wales Government
Northern Territory Government
Western Australian Government