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The Act also allows you to request changes to information about you that you believe is incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading.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

Lodging a FOI application

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

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.

Submission of 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

Forms can also be delivered in person to:

31 Flinders Street

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 application for review of a freedom of Information determination (decision) form to request a review.

Ombudsman SA

Phone: 8226 8699

Toll Free: 1800 182 150 (within SA)

Email: ombudsman [at] ombudsman.sa.gov.au

District Court

Phone: 8204 0289

Email: district.civil [at] courts.sa.gov.au

Proactive disclosure of government information

The proactive disclosure 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.

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.HRClientServices [at] sa.gov.au.


Freedom of Information unit

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