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 $39 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.