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Freedom of information (FOI) requests

The Freedom of Information Act 1991 allows you to seek access to documents held by the Department for Education.

The Act also allows you to request an amendment to information about you that you believe is incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading.

Our information statement (PDF 171KB) provides more information about the department, the types of documents held and how to access them. For more information, read below.

Making an FOI application

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

Or you can download and complete the individual hardcopy forms below:

Refer to the department’s information statement (PDF 171KB) for other methods of submitting an FOI application.

Application fees

There are fees and charges for requesting an FOI with a SA government agency.

For latest fees and charges, refer to the 'fee notices' at the bottom of Freedom of Information Act 1991.

There may be exceptions if you are a concession card holder or member of parliament. For details, refer to the Freedom of Information (Fees and Charges) Regulations 2018.

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.

Processing applications

The department has up to 30 calendar days to process your written application once it's received.

In some cases, it may be necessary to extend the time limit for processing your application. The department will notify you if this is the case.

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 internal review application form (DOC 57KB) 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

Submitting application forms

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

Forms can also be mailed to:

Department for Education
Freedom of Information
GPO Box 1152

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 department employees can request personal employment records by completing and submitting an employee records request form. Personal employment records include employment applications submitted by you and letters of appointments issued to you.

All personal payroll and leave information requests can be emailed to EDUPayrollDoc [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.

Freedom of Information

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