This training provides the knowledge and skills to process FOI applications and draft their determinations.
Completion of this training is a mandatory requirement for staff to be designated by their principal officer as an accredited FOI officer - provided they meet the definition of an accredited FOI officer in section 4 of the Freedom of Information Act 1991 .
Who are Accredited and Non-accredited FOI Officers?
Accredited FOI Officers are responsible for dealing with FOI applications and making determinations.
Non-accredited FOI Officers can also deal with and process FOI applications, however they cannot officially sign off on a determination. They are also known as Support or Operational FOI Officers.
Employees from State Government, Local Government and Universities can enrol in this training.
For more information, see our information sheet - What is an Accredited FOI Officer?
How is the training structured?
This is a comprehensive training course that is made up of four modules.
These modules are delivered in two stages by State Records:
- the first an online independent learning series of modules, and
- the second a two part webinar that spans over two days (a Monday and the following Wednesday).
Online independent learning modules
- Module 1 - FOI Officers and the FOI Act - 45-60 mins
- Module 2.1 - Receiving FOI Applications - 45-60 mins
- Module 2.2 - Processing FOI Applications (part 1) - 60+ mins
- Module 2.3 - Processing FOI Applications (part 2) - 60+ mins
- Module 2.4 - Reviewing and Reporting - 30-45 mins
- Module 3.1 - Introduction to Exemptions - 45-60 mins
* The online independent learning modules act as a prerequisite to the webinar modules. Participants will be provided a link to book their seat at a webinar once they have completed Modules 1 to 3.1. It is not possible to secure a seat in a webinar until the online modules are complete.
Webinar modules (conducted over two 3.5 hour webinars)
- Module 3.2 - examines the types of documents that may be exempt from disclosure and the relevant exemption clauses that might apply
- Module 4 - examines the requirements of making and drafting a written determination under the FOI Act.
2022 Webinar Dates
- September 26th and 28th
- November 28th and 30th
Cost: $880.00 (GST incl).
FOI training delivered by State Records is only available to State and Local Government staff, as well as staff from the three public Universities in South Australia.
Our FOI training courses are not open to the public.
Phone: 08 7322 7077