Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information Statement

This statement is published in accordance with subsection 9(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 1991 (Act). Subject to certain restrictions, the Act gives members of the public a legally enforceable right to access information held by the South Australian Government. A comprehensive introduction to freedom of information can be found on the State Records website.

Structure and functions of Defence SA

Defence SA is South Australia’s lead government agency for all defence-related matters. The agency’s goal is to facilitate the growth of Defence and sustainable defence industries in South Australia. 

To achieve this goal, the agency is focused on delivering the Government of South Australia’s commitments to the Air Warfare Destroyer project, as well as capturing further defence work and opportunities across the defence industry, including the key focus areas of shipbuilding, cyber and systems, space and research and development.

Defence SA is also striving to ensure the right climate for defence industry growth, and is working with a number of partners to deliver results for industry in the areas of workforce development and innovation, in particular.

A Chief Executive manages the operations of Defence SA, which is structurally aligned to the delivery of the required functions and is organisationally represented by the following business areas:

  • Defence and Industry 
  • Strategy, Skills and Government Relations
  • Corporate Services

The Chief Executive of Defence SA also leads the South Australian Space Industry Centre.

The Defence SA Advisory Board provides strategic and policy assistance to the Chief Executive and Government of South Australia on defence and space-related matters.

Public participation in Defence SA

The main opportunity for public participation in the functions of the agency is through project-specific consultation programs managed by Defence SA or by third parties on behalf of Defence SA.

Description of the kinds of documents held by Defence SA

Documents held by the agency fall broadly into the categories described below. While most are available in hard copy, it should be noted that some are only available electronically. The listing of these categories does not necessarily mean all documents are accessible in full or in part under the Act. The categories include:

  • Corporate files containing correspondence, memoranda and minutes on all aspects of agency operations
  • Policies, procedures and guidelines prescribing the way various projects and programs are to be performed
  • Legal agreements
  • Personnel files relating to the agency’s employees
  • Accounting and financial reports relating to the running of Defence SA.

Making an application

In accordance with the Act, applications for access to documents held by the agency must:

  • Be made in writing – you may choose to write a letter or use the application form.
  • Specify that the application is made under the Freedom of Information Act 1991
  • Be accompanied by a $35.00 application fee (exemptions apply for Members of Parliament and pensioners or health card holders)
  • Specify an address in Australia to which information can be sent
  • Clearly identify the documents being sought or the matter to which they pertain
  • Specify whether the documents contain information of a personal nature, and
  • Specify the desired type of access to the document, such as inspection of the document at an arranged location or having a copy made.

Applications under the Act should be forwarded to:

The Accredited FOI Officer
Defence SA
PO Box 3643
RUNDLE MALL SA 5000
Tel: (08) 8463 7140
Email: enquiries@defencesa.com

Defence SA received 19 Freedom of Information applications in 2016–17. All applications have been determined in accordance with the Act. 

Freedom of Information Proactive Disclosure log

The Government has committed to the establishment of disclosure logs for all government agencies to provide central access to non-personal information that has been released under the Freedom of Information Act 1991 (FOI Act).

Under Premier and Cabinet Circular PC045 - Disclosure Logs for Non-Personal Information Released through FOI, State Government agencies that fall within the scope must maintain disclosure logs for non-personal information that has been released to an applicant under the FOI Act after 1 October 2017. 

 

Date of Determination

Agency Reference

Application Summary

Access to Documents

Agency Contact Details

26 October 2017

fA615406

Access to all correspondence (emails, briefing notes, etc.) between representatives of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and media/communications staff within Defence SA regarding social media promotion for the period of 1 January 2014 until present.

Full access to five documents granted.

For access to these documents, please contact Defence SA.

For access to documents, please call 8463 7140 or send an email to enquries@defencesa.com

26 October 2017

fA615407

Access to all documents relating to the budget and actual spend of social media promotion by Defence SA for the 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 periods.

No Documents found.

For access to documents, please call 8463 7140 or send an email to enquries@defencesa.com

24 April 2018

fA645648

Any and all incoming government brief (including but not limited to physical or electronic briefs, emails and any other correspondence) from or for any entity forming part of the organisational structure of the agency, including the Chief Executive, the Minister or any of the Minister's staff.

Access refused.

For access to documents, please call 8463 7140 or send an email to enquries@defencesa.com

25 May 2018

A3586407

Since 17 March 2018, copies of any and all documents (including but not limited to physical, electronic or written briefs, minutes, emails, and any other documents) which lists or provides the name and position title of all senior Human Resources staff within the agency.

Access refused, scope renegotiated.

For access to documents, please call 8463 7140 or send an email to enquries@defencesa.com

28 May 2018

A3593108

Since 17 March 2018, copies of any and all documents (including but not limited to physical, electronic, or written briefs, minutes, emails, diary entries and any other correspondence) which lists all departmental staff who have been allocated as the primary contact for the Minister or the Minister’s staff or the Minister’s office.

Access refused, scope renegotiated.

For access to documents, please call 8463 7140 or send an email to enquries@defencesa.com

04 June 2018

A3590498

Since 17 March 2018, copies of any and all documents (including but not limited to physical, electronic, or written advice and briefs, minutes, emails and any other correspondence) regarding analysis of the Federal Budget impact on defence and defence industries.

Full access to four documents granted.

For access to these documents, please contact Defence SA.

For access to documents, please call 8463 7140 or send an email to enquries@defencesa.com

25 June 2018

A3621173

Since 17 March 2018, copies of any and all documents (including but not limited to physical, electronic, or written briefs, minutes, emails, diary entries and any other correspondence) that relate to correspondence to the Premier, DefenceSA or related parties from J&H Williams and its representative Craig Williams.

Full access to five documents granted.

For access to these documents, please contact Defence SA.

For access to documents, please call 8463 7140 or send an email to enquries@defencesa.com

10 July 2018

A3666041

A list of all Freedom of Information requests received from the Liberal Opposition between 17 March 2014 and 16 March 2018.

Access granted, scope renegotiated.

For access to documents, please call 8463 7140 or send an email to enquries@defencesa.com