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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.

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

The documents held by Defence SA include, but are not limited to:

  • 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.

While most documents can be supplied in hard copy, it should be noted that some documents are only available electronically. Access to such documents can be arranged upon application.

Please note the listing of these categories does not automatically mean all documents are accessible in full or in part under the Act.

Making an application

In accordance with the Act, applications for access to documents held by Defence SA 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 $37.50 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
Level 4, 151 Pirie Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Tel: (08) 8463 7140
Email: enquiries@defencesa.com

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 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 Act after 1 October 2017 as per the below.

Date of Determination Agency Reference Application Summary Access to Documents
10 March 2020 A4026349 Copies of any and all documents (including but not limited to hard copy or electronic briefings, minutes, reports, emails, letters, meeting agendas, diary entries, event attendance records and any other correspondence) either to or from (directly or indirectly) officials, employees or contractors to all SA government departments, agencies or Statutory bodies, Members of Parliament, the Premier or Ministers of the Crown and their personal staff, members or the public, owners and employees of businesses or commercial operations, officials or elected members of Local Government, regarding the Veterans Ministerial Council Full access granted to 5 documents and partial access to 4 documents granted.
Date of Determination Agency Reference Application Summary Access to Documents
07 June 2019 A4026347 For the period 1 October 2014 to 31 October 2014 copies of any and all documents (including but not limited to physical, electronic, or written briefs, minutes, emails, diary entries and any other correspondence) relating to the submarine and shipbuilding summit held in Adelaide on 21 October 2014, including; 1. Submissions and papers presented to the summit 2. Summaries of the summit 3. The SA submission to the Defence White Paper on industry policy. Scope renegotiated.

Full access granted to 24 documents and partial access to 24 documents granted.

For access to these documents, please contact Defence SA.

05 July 2019 A4026349 Since 26 November 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; (a) the implementation of the Defence Industry Employment Program for Ex-Service Personnel. (b) the agreement between the Defence Teaming Centre and Defence SA to partner on delivering the program (c) proposed public events in May 2019 to promote the program. Full access granted to 58 documents and partial access to 58 documents granted.

For access to these documents, please contact Defence SA.

06 September 2019 A4131144 Copies of all correspondence between Mr Andrew Cave and Veterans SA. Access refused.
11 September 2019 A4134206 (a) Since 17 March 2018 to 13 Aug 2019, 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 the retention of Full Cycle Docking of Collins Class submarines in South Australia, particularly reports and submissions to the Commonwealth Government and its agencies. (b) Since 1 July 2018 briefings on Western Australia’s Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan and Western Australia’s annual Indo-Pacific Defence Conference in 2018 and 2019. Full access granted to 18 documents and partial access to 54 documents granted. Access denied to 10 documents.

For access to these documents, please contact Defence SA.

23 September 2019 A4146385 All briefings, memos and any related documents regarding Defence SA efficiency measures and all briefings, memos and any related documents regarding the consolidation of functions to refocus on core services of Defence SA. Full access granted to 6 documents and partial access to 9 documents granted. Access denied to 11 documents.
Date of Determination Agency Reference Application Summary Access to Documents
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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. Scope renegotiated.

Access granted.

13 December 2018 A3830275 Since 17 March 2018, copies of any and all documents regarding a proposal for a marketing campaign to increase the general public’s understanding of defence projects and job opportunities, and to continue to strengthen the state’s standing as the Defence State and copies of any and all documents regarding the assessment of and awarding of a $150,000 contract for a marketing campaign to increase the general public’s understanding of defence projects and job opportunities, and to continue to strengthen the state’s standing as the Defence State. Partial access to 52 documents granted.

For access to these documents, please contact Defence SA.

Date of Determination Agency Reference Application Summary Access to Documents
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.

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.
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