Freedom of Information Statement
Click on the link below to view Council's current Freedom of Information Statement
What is Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 1991 gives you a legally enforceable right of access to documents within South Australian State and Local Government's possession. The purpose of Freedom of Information (FOI) is to make the business of government open and accountable to all.
Freedom of Information allows you to:
- access documents within Council's possession
- amend documents that relate to you which are incomplete, incorrect, out of date or misleading
What kind of documents can I access
FOI enables you to apply to have access to any document within Council's possession. This includes paper based documents as well as other types of documents including: computer files, plans, photographs, videos and audio tapes.
Types of Documents held by Council
Many of Council's documents such as minutes and agendas for Council and committees, annual reports, budget statements, voters rolls etc, are already publicly available. It is not necessary to lodge an FOI application to see these. You can view these by contacting or visiting the Council or visiting Councils website.
Are there any documents that are not available?
While FOI aims to provide access to the maximum amount of information possible, a number of exemptions are necessary to ensure that other people's privacy is not unduly invaded or the proper administration of the Council is not unduly affected.
The types of documents that are exempt include:
- Policy documents from before 1 January 1987
- Documents subject to legal professional privilege
- Documents that contain trade secrets or information of commercial value
- Documents affecting law enforcement and public safety
- Documents that would lead to an unreasonable disclosure of another person's affairs
How do I make an FOI application
You can apply directly online following this link:
You can discuss your FOI application with Council's FOI Officer prior to lodging a request.
Can I correct inaccurate documents about me?
Under FOI you may apply to the Council to have documents corrected if they are incomplete, incorrect, misleading or out of date.
How long will it take to process my application?
Once Council has received your application we have 30 days in which to respond.
We must notify you within 20 days if we require an extension of the 30 day time frame.
Will I have to Pay?
An FOI application must be accompanied by the appropriate application fee as listed on the application form. Additional charges may be levied to process your request.
If you are financially disadvantaged all fees will be waived. Proof of this will be required to be sighted at the time you lodge your FOI application.
What happens if I'm dissatisfied?
If a document is exempt from disclosure the Council may decide to deny you access to all or part of that document. We will tell you why access has been refused and inform you of your appeal rights in that regard.
A first step is to consider lodging an Application for Internal Review.