Click on the link below to view Council's current Freedom of Information Statement.
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.
FOI allows you to:
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.
Many of Council's documents such as minutes and agendas for Council and Council 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 searching Council's 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:
You can discuss your FOI application with Council's FOI Officer prior to lodging a request. We can provide you with an application form by asking at the Council offices or you can download the application form below.
If you do not wish to use an application form you can make a FOI request by ensuring it:
Under FOI you may apply to the Council to have documents corrected if they are incomplete, incorrect, misleading or out-of-date. We can provide you with an application form by asking at the Council offices or you can download the application form below.
FOI - Amendment of Personal Records
Once Council has received your written 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 timeframe and give reasons for the extension.
An FOI application must be accompanied by the appropriate application fee.
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.
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. An application form with details is attached below.
All FOI applications must be lodged directly with the Council which holds the documents you require access to.
Please contact Council's FOI officer before submitting your application if you require help clarifying which documents to request. They will inform you how to make your application and help you gain access to the maximum amount of information possible.