Under theFreedom of Information Act 1991 members of the public have a legal right to access documents held by South Australian government agencies, local government and universities, subject to certain exemptions such as personal privacy, national security or public safety.

A comprehensive overview of how freedom of information operates in South Australia is available from State Records.

The purpose of the Act is to make the business of government open and accountable to the public. The Department of the Premier and Cabinet fully supports the objectives and spirit of the Act.

Structure and functions of the department

The functions of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet affect the public both directly, in the form of service delivery to the community, and indirectly, through the department's policy and strategic management activities. These activities result in the department having an input into the wide range of government programs and initiatives.

Learn more about the department and our organisational structure.

Documents held by the department

Documents held by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet fall broadly into the categories described below. While most are available in hard copy, it should be noted that some are only available electronically.

The categories include:

  • corporate files containing correspondence, memoranda and minutes on all aspects of the department's operations
  • policies, procedures and guidelines prescribing the way various activities and programs are to be performed
  • personnel files relating to the department's employees
  • accounting and financial reports relating to the running of the department
  • departmental annual reports, strategic plans and policy reports
  • Premier and Cabinet circulars, codes of conduct, Commissioner's Circulars and determinations
  • minutes of meetings and terms of reference
  • documents relating to the functions of the department's divisions
  • information relating to employment,  graduate recruitment, indigenous employment strategies and the notice of vacancies

Learn more about our Publications, Policies and Guidelines.

Making an application

Applications requesting access to documents must be made in writing and can take 30 days to process.  You may choose to write your own letter of request, or download the FOI application form.

Alternatively, you can submit an application online at the following address: www.sa.gov.au/foi

In making an application, ensure you:

  • specify that the application is made under the Freedom of Information Act 1991
  • include a $35.00 application fee (exemptions apply for Members of Parliament and pensioners or health card holders)
  • specify an address in Australia to which information can be sent
  • clearly identify the documents being sought or the matter to which they pertain
  • specify whether the documents contain information of a personal nature
  • specify the desired type of access to the document, such as inspection of the document at an arranged location or having a copy made

Application to review a determination

If you are refused access to a document (either in part, or full) you will be informed of the reasons why and advised of your rights to seek a review or appeal.

Download the application form to review a freedom of information determination (decision).

Applications under the Act should be forwarded to:

The Accredited FOI Officer
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 2343
SOUTH AUSTRALIA SA 5001
Telephone: (08) 8429 5489 
Email: dpcfoiunit@dpc.sa.gov.au

Contact details for Ombudsman SA:
Phone:
8226 8699
Toll Free: 1800 182 150 (within SA)
Email: ombudsman@ombudsman.sa.gov.au

Contact details for the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT):
Phone: 1800 723 767 (and press menu option 2)
Email: sacat@sacat.sa.gov.au

As at 1 October 2017, in compliance with Premier and Cabinet Circular PC045, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) is required to publish a proactive disclosure log of all non-personal information released to applicants under the Freedom of Information Act 1991 (FOI Act).

This log provides a central avenue for members of the public to access information released by the department under the FOI Act. In conjunction with this policy, documents or excerpts of documents which include the personal affairs of an individual will not be disclosed via this method.

Documents which can be claimed as exempt material pursuant to Schedule 1 of the FOI Act will not be disclosed in this log. Documents which are considered defamatory or those which represent a breach of confidentiality or could be expected to cause harm to a person, will also be exempt from disclosure via this method.

DPC is responsible for processing determinations on behalf of the Office of the Premier and the Office of the Public Sector. Applications determined on behalf of these agencies may also be published in the disclosure log below.  

Please note:
Some determinations available for public access may have additional information removed. For example, information relating to the personal affairs of an applicant may be redacted, prior to public release.

Information attached to, or referred to, in DPC's disclosure log will generally be removed after 12 months, unless the information has enduring public value.

Proactive Disclosure Log

DPC Reference No.Agency Date of determination FOI request Determination and/or documents released Other information
DPC18/1755Department of the Premier and Cabinet13/09/2018A list of all meetings attended and invited to - including the names and email addresses of all attendees to those meetings - notes of those meetings including any drafts held by Ruth Ambler, Nicole Berry, Dr Tahnya Donaghy or Scott Boehm from 18th March 2018 to 27th March 2018.DPC18/1755Documents released in part
DPC18/1791Department of the Premier and Cabinet13/09/2018Since 17 March 2018, copies of any and all documents (including but not limited to physical, electronic, or written briefs, minutes, emails, diary entries, meeting notes and any other correspondence) regarding Grandparents for Grandchildren.DPC18/1791Documents released in part
DPC18/2701Department of the Premier and Cabinet13/09/2018South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission - Any and all incoming briefs (including but not limited to physical or electronic briefs, emails and other correspondence) from or for any entity forming part of the organisational structure of the agency, including the Chief Executive, the Minister or any of the Minister’s staff. Any briefings or correspondence to and from the Minister and their staff relating to the board and its members.DPC18/2701Documents released in part
DPC18/3376Department of the Premier and Cabinet13/09/2018All documents relating to the monthly summary and statistics of television and radio interviews by Ministers and Shadow Ministers as prepared by the SA Government Media Monitoring Service between 17 March 2018 to 7 August 2018.DPC18/3376Documents released in part
DPC18/2717Department of the Premier and Cabinet16/08/2018Details and copies of all documents relating to the remuneration, reimbursement or payment for fees, travel, entertainment and expenses for Wayne Eagleson, Wayne Eagleson Consulting Limited or Thompson Lewis Limited between the 19 March 2018 and 16 July 2018.DPC18/2717Documents released in part
DPC18/2687Department of the Premier and Cabinet20/08/2018All minutes, briefings, notes, emails and correspondence from the Treasurer, the Hon Robert Lucas MLC or the Treasurer’s Office to the Premier, the Hon Steven Marshall or the Premier’s Office regarding the GST (Goods and Services Tax).DPC18/2687Documents released in part
DPC18/2047Department of the Premier and Cabinet10/07/2018Since 17 March 2018, copies of any and all advice and documents (including but not limited to physical, electronic, or written briefs, minutes, emails, and any other correspondence) regarding the amalgamation of the standalone disability portfolio into what is now the Human Services portfolio.DPC18/2047Documents released in part
DPC18/1735Department of the Premier and Cabinet26/07/2018(1) All documents (electronic or hardcopy) (including drafts), and any correspondence (including drafts), notes (handwritten or electronic), sms, messages or notes stored, sent or received and any other relevant information from the Premier's Office and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet relating to Google's Headquarters and (2) The State Government's submission to Google proposing it moves its headquarters to Adelaide.DPC18/1735Documents released in part
DPC18/1774Department of the Premier and Cabinet29/07/2018Since 17 March 2018, copies of any and all documents (including but not limited to physical, electronic, or written briefs, minutes, emails, diary entries and any other correspondence) that refer to or detail the Premier providing charter letters to all Ministers setting out the portfolio outcomes expected during the government’s first term.DPC18/1774Documents released in part
DPC18/1803Department of the Premier and Cabinet6/08/2018Since 17 March 2018, copies of any and all documents (including but not limited to physical, electronic, or written briefs, minutes, emails, diary entries, meeting notes and any other correspondence) regarding Grandparents for Grandchildren.DPC18/1803Documents released in part
DPC18/1805Department of the Premier and Cabinet28/06/2018Any documents, minutes, briefings, emails, notes or correspondence provided to the Premier and the Premiers Office by all Chief Executive Officers across the South Australian Government regarding the termination of employment contracts in the Public Service.DPC18/1805Documents released in part
DPC18/1854Department of the Premier and Cabinet28/06/2018Any documents (including but not limited to physical, electronic, or written advice and briefs, minutes, emails and any other correspondence) prepared by, for, or held by the Premier or Premier's Staff, relating to the temporary fencing around the Royal Adelaide Hospital emergency department from 17 March 2018 to 6 June 2018.DPC18/1854Documents released in part
DPC18/2720Department of the Premier and Cabinet1/08/2018Since 17 March 2018, copies of any and all documents (including but not limited to physical, electronic, or written briefs, minutes, emails, diary entries and any other correspondence) regarding the Treasurer’s review of government funding and/or Treasurer’s review of government expenditure.DPC18/2720Documents released in part
DPC18/1907Department of the Premier and Cabinet16/07/2018Since 17 March 2018, copies of any and all documents (including but not limited to physical, electronic, or written briefs, minutes, emails, diary entries and any other correspondence) which lists all staff attending meetings between the Premier or his staff and the Chief Executive, including both Premier’s Office and departmental staff.DPC18/1907Documents released in part
DPC18/2677Department of the Premier and Cabinet6/08/2018A list of all Freedom of Information requests received from the Liberal Opposition between 17 March 2014 and 16 March 2018.DPC18/2677Documents released in part
DPC18/1593Department of the Premier and Cabinet26/06/2018Any briefings, memos, emails, meeting agendas/minutes or other documents related to the incoming government’s intention for the old RAH site.DPC18/1593Documents released in part
DPC18/1733Department of the Premier and Cabinet26/07/2018Since 17 March 2018, copies of any and all documents (including but not limited to physical, electronic, or written briefs, minutes, emails, diary entries and any other correspondence) which lists or provides the name and position title of all senior Human Resources staff within the agency.DPC18/1733Documents released in part
DPC18/1710Department of the Premier and Cabinet Since 17 March 2018, copies of any and all documents (including but not limited to physical, electronic, or written briefs, minutes, emails, diary entries and any other correspondence) which lists all departmental staff who have been allocated as the primary contact for the Premier or the Premier’s staff or the Premier’s Office.DPC18/1710Documents released in part
DPC18/1674Department of the Premier and Cabinet9/08/2018

From 17/03/2018 to 17/05/2018:

  • All documents and contracts relating to Mr Wayne Eagleson.
  • All correspondence, emails, SMS, notes and meeting notes held in relation to Mr Wayne Eagleson.
  • All invoices and receipts relating to Mr Wayne Eagleson.
  • All accommodation, food and beverage expenses relating to Mr Wayne Eagleson.
  • The names and titles of all public sector staff who have met with Mr Wayne Eagleson.
  • The names and titles of all public sector staff assigned or assisting Mr Wayne Eagleson.
  • All contracts or consultancies relating to Mr Wayne Eagleson.
  • Any tender, procurement or any relevant document to the employment, contract or engagement relating to Mr Wayne Eagleson or consulting firm, Thompson Lewis.
  • A list of all the Ministerial staff who have been scheduled to meet or have met with Mr Wayne Eagleson
  • All diary entries relating to Mr Wayne Eagleson.
  • All payments made to Mr Wayne Eagleson.
  • All contracts, emails, correspondence, invoices, consultancies and any other relevant information relating to Consulting firm Thompson Lewis.
DPC18/1674Documents released in part
DPC18/0857Department of the Premier and Cabinet5/06/2018Any information relating to the selection process and reasoning behind the selection of Origin Energy to deliver the SA Concessions Energy Discount Offer.DPC18/0857Documents released in part
DPC18/1366Department of the Premier and Cabinet19/06/2018Any and all incoming government briefs (IGB’s) and correspondence relating to the content of the IGB’s from 15 March 2018 to 13 April 2018.DPC18/1366Documents released in part
DPC18/1584 & DPC18/1585Department of the Premier and Cabinet22/06/2018All documents - including but not limited to physical, electronic or written advice and briefs, tender documents, minutes, emails and any other correspondence - regarding the establishment and/or awarding of, and issues arising from the awarding of a new contract for the provision of creative services to the South Australian (SA) Tourism Commission between 19 March 2018 and 7 May 2018 inclusive.DPC18/1584 & DPC18/1585Documents released in part
DPC18/1673 & DPC18/1693Department of the Premier and Cabinet18/06/2018DPC18/1673
Any advice, correspondence, meeting notes (handwritten or electronic) taken or received and sms and other relevant information from the Hon Steven Marshall MP regarding the employment, termination, transfer, redeployment or confidence of any Public-Sector employee in DPC or any other agency. All of James Stevens emails, correspondence, notes (handwritten or electronic), any sms, messages or notes stored, sent or received and any other relevant information regarding the termination, redeployment or transfer of any public-sector employee from or within the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Any list of Public Sector employees compiled, stored or generated from any staff member of the Premier's Ministerial staff.

DPC18/1693
All correspondence, minutes, memos, advice, documents, briefings, emails, sms and meeting notes including any drafts of those documents between the Hon David Speirs MP or his staff and the Hon Steven Marshall MP, the Hon Rob Lucas MLC or any member of the Premiers or Treasurers staff or their offices relating to the employment of public sector employees or questions from the Member for West Torrens. Any other relevant information.
DPC18/1673 & DPC18/1693Documents released in part
DPC18/0822Department of the Premier and Cabinet18/06/2018Documents since 1 January 2016 to the date of the application, specifically ministerial briefings and attachments, reports, funding requests, internal correspondence such as emails, relating to: 1. The cost of surveys/polling to the public. 2. Details of the survey/polls, why it took or is taking place and the results if it's taken place already. Please exclude duplicates, documents that have already been publicly released, media reports/articles/releases and any correspondence with the media. Please limit searches to just the Office of the Chief Executive, Offices of the Deputy Chief Executive, Finance Department and if there is a unit/area that is responsible for public polling/surveys.Please contact the FOI Unit via email at: DPCFOIUnit@sa.gov.au should you wish to access a copy of this determination.Documents released in part
DPC18/0480 Department of the Premier and Cabinet 16/05/2018

Thirty ministerial briefing notes and attachments as of 1 January 2018, provided to the Premier that are not related to:

1. Administrative duties, i.e. approving someone's holiday, catering expense or other internal staffing requirement

2. Invitation or event or awards proceedings that the Premier has been invited to and needs to respond to

3. Documents that have been designed specifically and used in Cabinet or Parliament

4. Overseas travel reports - i.e. reports by people who have travelled overseas discussing the trip.

I also request that briefing notes be on different subjects, i.e. if there is more than one briefing note on the same issue, please only include the most recent.  

Please exclude duplicates, documents that have already been publicly released, media reports/articles/releases and correspondence with media.

R-DPC18-0480 (PDF, 7MB) Documents released in part
DPC18/1187 Department of the Premier and Cabinet 15/05/2018 All documents detailing the briefing(s) provided by ICAC and/or his staff to the Premier and any other minister including any written and oral communication between the government and ICAC. DPC18-1187 (PDF, 5MB) Documents released in part
DPC18/0453 Department of the Premier and Cabinet 16/03/2018 Please provide the Contract for DPC-SAHMRI Technology Platform Funding Deed Contract ID DPCCO-2017-06 Reference DPC130 awarded to SA Health and Medical Research Institute Ltd DPC18/0453 (PDF 10MB) Documents released in full
DPC17/1939 Department of the Premier and Cabinet 8/01/2018 All documents relating to the contract (ID: 1617139), Leigh Creek Coal Mine Review of Mine Closure Costs & Associated Mine Closure Budget since 01 February 2017 (up to and including 10 August 2017).Scope narrowed to: copy of the contract and any contract deliverables i.e. if the contract stipulated a report would be provided or an analysis paper. Excluding documents relating to the procurement process or contract management.DPC17/1939 (PDF 20MB) Documents released in part
DPC17/2083 Department of the Premier and Cabinet 17/11/2017 I would like to request some stats from the voting pool in relation to the 2017 Fund My Community Grants Scheme. Could you please supply the following information: - Voters age demographics. 16-25, 25-35, 35-45, 45-60, 60+ (or something along those lines) - Voters Sex - Voters Postcode - Ranking of projects from 1-85 - Votes per day if this information is available. I would like to request ALL information gathered from the Fund My Community 2017 voting process with any personal identifiers removed and the given reason for removing this information. R - DPC17-2083 (PDF 22 MB) Documents released in part