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 $38.25 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.