Under theFreedom of Information Act 1991 members of the public have a legal right to access documents held by South Australian government agencies, local government and universities, subject to certain exemptions such as personal privacy, national security or public safety.

A comprehensive overview of how freedom of information operates in South Australia is available from State Records.

The purpose of the Act is to make the business of government open and accountable to the public. The Department of the Premier and Cabinet fully supports the objectives and spirit of the Act.

Structure and functions of the department

The functions of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet affect the public both directly, in the form of service delivery to the community, and indirectly, through the department's policy and strategic management activities. These activities result in the department having an input into the wide range of government programs and initiatives.

Learn more about the department and our organisational structure.

Documents held by the department

Documents held by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet 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 categories include:

  • corporate files containing correspondence, memoranda and minutes on all aspects of the department's operations
  • policies, procedures and guidelines prescribing the way various activities and programs are to be performed
  • personnel files relating to the department's employees
  • accounting and financial reports relating to the running of the department
  • departmental annual reports, strategic plans and policy reports
  • Premier and Cabinet circulars, codes of conduct, Commissioner's Circulars and determinations
  • minutes of meetings and terms of reference
  • documents relating to the functions of the department's divisions
  • information relating to employment,  graduate recruitment, indigenous employment strategies and the notice of vacancies

Learn more about our Publications, Policies and Guidelines.

Making an application

Applications requesting access to documents must be made in writing and can take 30 days to process.  You may choose to write your own letter of request, or download the FOI application form.

Alternatively, you can submit an application online at the following address: www.sa.gov.au/foi

In making an application, ensure you:

  • specify that the application is made under the Freedom of Information Act 1991
  • include 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
  • specify the desired type of access to the document, such as inspection of the document at an arranged location or having a copy made

Application to review a determination

If you are refused access to a document (either in part, or full) you will be informed of the reasons why and advised of your rights to seek a review or appeal.

Download the application form to review a freedom of information determination (decision).

Applications under the Act should be forwarded to:

The Accredited FOI Officer
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 2343
Telephone: (08) 8429 5489 or (08) 8429 5493
Email: dpcfoiunit@dpc.sa.gov.au

Contact details for Ombudsman SA:
8226 8699
Toll Free: 1800 182 150 (within SA)
Email: ombudsman@ombudsman.sa.gov.au

Contact details for the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT):
Phone: 1800 723 767 (and press menu option 2)
Email: sacat@sacat.sa.gov.au

As at 1 October 2017, in compliance with Premier and Cabinet Circular PC045, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) is required to publish a proactive disclosure log of all non-personal information released to applicants under the Freedom of Information Act 1991 (FOI Act).

This log provides a central avenue for members of the public to access information released by the department under the FOI Act. In conjunction with this policy, documents or excerpts of documents which include the personal affairs of an individual will not be disclosed via this method.

Documents which can be claimed as exempt material pursuant to Schedule 1 of the FOI Act will not be disclosed in this log. Documents which are considered defamatory or those which represent a breach of confidentiality or could be expected to cause harm to a person, will also be exempt from disclosure via this method.

DPC is responsible for processing determinations on behalf of the Office of the Premier and the Office of the Public Sector. Applications determined on behalf of these agencies may also be published in the disclosure log below.  

Please note:
Some determinations available for public access may have additional information removed. For example, information relating to the personal affairs of an applicant may be redacted, prior to public release.

Information attached to, or referred to, in DPC's disclosure log will generally be removed after 12 months, unless the information has enduring public value.

Proactive Disclosure Log

DPC Reference No.Agency Date of determination FOI request Determination and/or documents released Other information
DPC18/0480 Department of the Premier and Cabinet 16/05/2018

Thirty ministerial briefing notes and attachments as of 1 January 2018, provided to the Premier that are not related to:

1. Administrative duties, i.e. approving someone's holiday, catering expense or other internal staffing requirement

2. Invitation or event or awards proceedings that the Premier has been invited to and needs to respond to

3. Documents that have been designed specifically and used in Cabinet or Parliament

4. Overseas travel reports - i.e. reports by people who have travelled overseas discussing the trip.

I also request that briefing notes be on different subjects, i.e. if there is more than one briefing note on the same issue, please only include the most recent.  

Please exclude duplicates, documents that have already been publicly released, media reports/articles/releases and correspondence with media.

R-DPC18-0480 (PDF, 7MB) Documents released in part
DPC18/1187 Department of the Premier and Cabinet 15/05/2018 All documents detailing the briefing(s) provided by ICAC and/or his staff to the Premier and any other minister including any written and oral communication between the government and ICAC. DPC18-1187 (PDF, 5MB) Documents released in part
DPC18/0453 Department of the Premier and Cabinet 16/03/2018 Please provide the Contract for DPC-SAHMRI Technology Platform Funding Deed Contract ID DPCCO-2017-06 Reference DPC130 awarded to SA Health and Medical Research Institute Ltd DPC18/0453 (PDF 10MB) Documents released in full
DPC17/1939 Department of the Premier and Cabinet 8/01/2018

All documents relating to the contract (ID: 1617139), Leigh Creek Coal Mine Review of Mine Closure Costs & Associated Mine Closure Budget since 01 February 2017 (up to and including 10 August 2017).

Scope narrowed to: copy of the contract and any contract deliverables i.e. if the contract stipulated a report would be provided or an analysis paper. Excluding documents relating to the procurement process or contract management.

DPC17/1939 (PDF 20MB) Documents released in part
DPC17/2083 Department of the Premier and Cabinet 17/11/2017 I would like to request some stats from the voting pool in relation to the 2017 Fund My Community Grants Scheme. Could you please supply the following information: - Voters age demographics. 16-25, 25-35, 35-45, 45-60, 60+ (or something along those lines) - Voters Sex - Voters Postcode - Ranking of projects from 1-85 - Votes per day if this information is available. I would like to request ALL information gathered from the Fund My Community 2017 voting process with any personal identifiers removed and the given reason for removing this information. R - DPC17-2083 (PDF 22 MB) Documents released in part