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
Telephone: (08) 8429 5489 or (08) 8429 5493
Email: dpcfoiunit@dpc.sa.gov.au

Contact details for Ombudsman SA:
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
DPC18/1674Department 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.

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.
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
DPC18/0822Department 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