The Freedom of Information Act 1991 (Act No. 201991) was assented to on 18 April 1991 and commenced on 1 January 1992. The Act regulates access to documents held by the State Government and local councils. The act gives individuals the right to apply for access to documents held by these bodies. This includes access to records related to State Care. Under the Act, individuals can also request that records related to them be amended. This Act does not apply to Commonwealth records or records of private organisations.
The Freedom of Information Act 1991 gives individuals the legally enforceable right to access to documents created and held by the government, subject to some restrictions.
The act allows people to apply for access to documents held by local councils, the State Government and its agencies or a University. Applications for access to records related to State Care are included in this. Under the Act, individuals can also request that records related to them be amended when they are found to be incorrect, out-of date, misleading or incomplete.
The Freedom of Information Act does not apply to private organisations or businesses in South Australia. It also does not apply to records held by the Commonwealth Government.
Sources used to compile this entry:
Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - South Australia Legislation', 13 December 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 7 May 2014, Last modified: 18 May 2015