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Freedom of information (FOI) requests

The Freedom of Information Act 1991 allows you to seek access to documents that belong to the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD).

The Act also allows you to request changes to information about you that you believe is incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading.

Our information statement (PDF 102KB) lists the types of documents that are available for inspection, for purchase, or free of charge, and how to access them.

Making an FOI application

Access and amendment applications can be made online using the online Freedom of Information application form.

Alternatively you can download the individual hardcopy forms below.

Applying for access to documents

Complete the request for access under the Freedom of Information Act 1991 application form (DOC 78KB).

Applying to amend documents

Complete the request to amend a document containing personal affairs information application form (PDF 38KB).

Application fees

For the current application fee please refer to the Freedom of information (fees and charges) Regulations 2003.

Proof of identity and consent

If you are seeking a document relating to your personal affairs the department may request proof of your identity.

If you request a document on behalf of another person the department may ask that person to provide proof of their identity and sign a consent form.

Submitting application forms

Email completed application forms to decd.foi [at] sa.gov.au.

Alternatively forms can be mailed to:

Freedom of Information unit

GPO Box 1152
ADELAIDE SA 5000

Forms can also be delivered in person to:

31 Flinders Street
ADELAIDE SA 5000

Processing applications

Applications are usually processed within 30 days. 

Requesting a review

If you are refused access to all or part of a document that you requested access to, you will be informed of the reasons why and advised of your rights to seek a review or appeal.

You can also seek a review or appeal if you have applied for your personal records to be amended under FOI and the amendment has been refused.

Complete the FOI application form - review decision (PDF 213KB) to request a review.

Ombudsman SA

Phone: 8226 8699
Toll Free: 1800 182 150 (within SA)
Email: ombudsman [at] ombudsman.sa.gov.au

South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT)

Phone: 1800 723 767
Email: sacat [at] sacat.sa.gov.au

Proactive disclosure of government information

Our disclosing government information requested under FOI page contains information regularly requested by the community, including:

  • credit card expenditure
  • travel expenditure
  • ancillary office expenditure
  • consultant expenditure
  • agency gift registers
  • mobile phone expenditure
  • capital works projects.

You can also view our disclosure logs, which are a record of information released in response to formal access applications. These logs are available as per Premier and Cabinet Circular PC045 – Disclosure logs for non-personal information. The circular requires agencies to publish a disclosure log on their websites. The disclosure log lists information that has been released by the agency in response to a request for access to information under the FOI Act received after 1 October 2017.

Documents available outside of FOI

School records

You can order a copy of your past school results from the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) Board.

Employee records

Past or current DECD employees can request personal records by submitting a employee records request form to decd.hrsystems [at] sa.gov.au.

To obtain a statement of service for a record of employment with the department go to the statement of service requests page.

Contact

Freedom of Information

Phone: 8226 3231
Emaildecd.foi [at] sa.gov.au