The Freedom of Information Act 1991 serves to promote openness and transparency in governance and accountability of government agencies including councils. To achieve these objectives, the Act confers on members of the public a legally enforceable right to be given access to documents. The Act sets out the legislative requirements for how applications for access to information held by the Council which are received from the public are dealt with.
Freedom of Information applications should be submitted using the correct form and be as specific as possible to enable the correct documents to be identified. An application fee must accompany the application. Application forms are available from Council reception or via the link provided below. Applications under this legislation will be dealt with as soon as practicable (and in any case within 30 days), after receipt. Fees and charges will be waived for person’s demonstrating financial hardship.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, a person may request a correction to any information about themselves that is incomplete, incorrect, misleading or out of date. To gain access to these Council records, a person must complete and lodge with Council an application form as indicated above outlining the records that he/she wishes to inspect. Where the documents require amending, details of the changes should be lodged with Council’s Freedom of Information Officer.
Freedom of Information requests should be addressed to:
Freedom Information Officer
PO Box 124
Roxby Downs SA 5725
In accordance with Part 2 of the Act, a Council must at intervals of not more than 12 months cause an up-to-date information statement to be published in a manner prescribed by regulation.