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.
Applications under the Act should be forwarded to:
The Accredited FOI Officer
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 2343
SOUTH AUSTRALIA SA 5001
Telephone: (08) 8429 5489
Contact details for Ombudsman SA:
Phone: 8226 8699
Toll Free: 1800 182 150 (within SA)
Contact details for the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT):
Phone: 1800 723 767 (and press menu option 2)
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.
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|
|DPC18/2717||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||16/08/2018||Details and copies of all documents relating to the remuneration, reimbursement or payment for fees, travel, entertainment and expenses for Wayne Eagleson, Wayne Eagleson Consulting Limited or Thompson Lewis Limited between the 19 March 2018 and 16 July 2018.||DPC18/2717||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/2687||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||20/08/2018||All minutes, briefings, notes, emails and correspondence from the Treasurer, the Hon Robert Lucas MLC or the Treasurer’s Office to the Premier, the Hon Steven Marshall or the Premier’s Office regarding the GST (Goods and Services Tax).||DPC18/2687||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/2047||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||10/07/2018||Since 17 March 2018, copies of any and all advice and documents (including but not limited to physical, electronic, or written briefs, minutes, emails, and any other correspondence) regarding the amalgamation of the standalone disability portfolio into what is now the Human Services portfolio.||DPC18/2047||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/1735||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||26/07/2018||(1) All documents (electronic or hardcopy) (including drafts), and any correspondence (including drafts), notes (handwritten or electronic), sms, messages or notes stored, sent or received and any other relevant information from the Premier's Office and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet relating to Google's Headquarters and (2) The State Government's submission to Google proposing it moves its headquarters to Adelaide.||DPC18/1735||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/1774||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||29/07/2018||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 refer to or detail the Premier providing charter letters to all Ministers setting out the portfolio outcomes expected during the government’s first term.||DPC18/1774||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/1803||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||6/08/2018||Since 17 March 2018, copies of any and all documents (including but not limited to physical, electronic, or written briefs, minutes, emails, diary entries, meeting notes and any other correspondence) regarding Grandparents for Grandchildren.||DPC18/1803||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/1805||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||28/06/2018||Any documents, minutes, briefings, emails, notes or correspondence provided to the Premier and the Premiers Office by all Chief Executive Officers across the South Australian Government regarding the termination of employment contracts in the Public Service.||DPC18/1805||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/1854||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||28/06/2018||Any documents (including but not limited to physical, electronic, or written advice and briefs, minutes, emails and any other correspondence) prepared by, for, or held by the Premier or Premier's Staff, relating to the temporary fencing around the Royal Adelaide Hospital emergency department from 17 March 2018 to 6 June 2018.||DPC18/1854||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/2720||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||1/08/2018||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) regarding the Treasurer’s review of government funding and/or Treasurer’s review of government expenditure.||DPC18/2720||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/1907||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||16/07/2018||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 staff attending meetings between the Premier or his staff and the Chief Executive, including both Premier’s Office and departmental staff.||DPC18/1907||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/2677||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||6/08/2018||A list of all Freedom of Information requests received from the Liberal Opposition between 17 March 2014 and 16 March 2018.||DPC18/2677||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/1593||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||26/06/2018||Any briefings, memos, emails, meeting agendas/minutes or other documents related to the incoming government’s intention for the old RAH site.||DPC18/1593||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/1733||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||26/07/2018||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 or provides the name and position title of all senior Human Resources staff within the agency.||DPC18/1733||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/1710||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||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 Premier or the Premier’s staff or the Premier’s Office.||DPC18/1710||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/1674||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||9/08/2018|
From 17/03/2018 to 17/05/2018:
|DPC18/1674||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/0857||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||5/06/2018||Any information relating to the selection process and reasoning behind the selection of Origin Energy to deliver the SA Concessions Energy Discount Offer.||DPC18/0857||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/1366||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||19/06/2018||Any and all incoming government briefs (IGB’s) and correspondence relating to the content of the IGB’s from 15 March 2018 to 13 April 2018.||DPC18/1366||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/1584 & DPC18/1585||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||22/06/2018||All documents - including but not limited to physical, electronic or written advice and briefs, tender documents, minutes, emails and any other correspondence - regarding the establishment and/or awarding of, and issues arising from the awarding of a new contract for the provision of creative services to the South Australian (SA) Tourism Commission between 19 March 2018 and 7 May 2018 inclusive.||DPC18/1584 & DPC18/1585||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/1673 & DPC18/1693||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||18/06/2018||DPC18/1673|
Any advice, correspondence, meeting notes (handwritten or electronic) taken or received and sms and other relevant information from the Hon Steven Marshall MP regarding the employment, termination, transfer, redeployment or confidence of any Public-Sector employee in DPC or any other agency. All of James Stevens emails, correspondence, notes (handwritten or electronic), any sms, messages or notes stored, sent or received and any other relevant information regarding the termination, redeployment or transfer of any public-sector employee from or within the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Any list of Public Sector employees compiled, stored or generated from any staff member of the Premier's Ministerial staff.
All correspondence, minutes, memos, advice, documents, briefings, emails, sms and meeting notes including any drafts of those documents between the Hon David Speirs MP or his staff and the Hon Steven Marshall MP, the Hon Rob Lucas MLC or any member of the Premiers or Treasurers staff or their offices relating to the employment of public sector employees or questions from the Member for West Torrens. Any other relevant information.
|Please contact the FOI Unit via email at: DPCFOIUnit@sa.gov.au should you wish to access a copy of this determination.||Documents released in part|
|DPC18/0822||Department of the Premier and Cabinet||18/06/2018||Documents since 1 January 2016 to the date of the application, specifically ministerial briefings and attachments, reports, funding requests, internal correspondence such as emails, relating to: 1. The cost of surveys/polling to the public. 2. Details of the survey/polls, why it took or is taking place and the results if it's taken place already. Please exclude duplicates, documents that have already been publicly released, media reports/articles/releases and any correspondence with the media. Please limit searches to just the Office of the Chief Executive, Offices of the Deputy Chief Executive, Finance Department and if there is a unit/area that is responsible for public polling/surveys.||Please contact the FOI Unit via email at: DPCFOIUnit@sa.gov.au should you wish to access a copy of this determination.||Documents released in part|
|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.
|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|