On 27 November 2019 the South Australian Attorney-General, the Hon Vickie Chapman MP, tabled a Bill detailing proposed changes to the Freedom of Information Act 1991.
Why is the review happening and what changes are proposed?
The Attorney-General advises in her media release that the review will strengthen the provisions of the FOI Act and ensure agencies can better deliver on the objectives of the Act.
Proposed changes include:
- Mandating the proactive disclosure of government information
- Reinforcing the presumption in favour of disclosure
- Increasing the Ombudsman’s powers when reviewing Freedom of Information determinations by government agencies
- Updating the Act to reflect electronic communications and electronic information management and storage methods
- Extending the time agencies have to deal with an application from 30 days to 45 days to help reduce the number of 'deemed refusals'
- Clarifying the Act to make it clear that applications are taken to apply to documents that are in existence as at the day of application
- Setting clearer limits around what is considered an unreasonable request for access
How can I provide input?
A forum for feedback has been set up at www.yourSAy.sa.gov.au/foi-laws. Here you can find more information about the changes or make a submission to the .
The submission period will end at 5pm on Friday 24 January 2019.
How can I get more information?
For more information contact LLPSubmissions@sa.gov.au