Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 1991 (FOI Act) extends to every person the right to:
obtain access to information held by South Australian State and local government agencies including the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC); and
ensure that records held by such government agencies concerning the personal affairs of members of the public are not incomplete, incorrect, out of date or misleading.
The means by which these objectives are achieved under the FOI Act are by:
requiring information concerning the operations of government agencies such as the SAFC (including information concerning rules and practices followed by government in its dealings with members of the public) to be made available to the public;
conferring on each member of the public a legally enforceable right to be given access to documents held by government agencies such as the SAFC subject only to such restrictions as are reasonably necessary for the proper administration of government; and
enabling each member of the public to apply for amendment to such government records concerning his or her personal affairs as are incomplete, incorrect, out of date or misleading.
Access to all documents held by government is not possible as confidentiality must be maintained where it is necessary for the protection of essential public interests and the private and business affairs of persons and organisations in respect of which information is collected.
How to make an FOI application to the SAFC
For an application under the FOI Act to be valid it must:
be in writing;
specify that it is made under the FOI Act;
be accompanied by an application fee (if applicable);
contain such information concerning the document(s) in question as is reasonably necessary to enable the SAFC to identify it;
specify an address in Australia to which notices should be sent; and
be lodged at the SAFC’s principal place of business.
Further details and additional information in regard to FOI applications, including processing times and applicable fees, can be found in the FOI access to information form.
Applications must be made using the FOI access to information form and should be sent to:
The Freedom of Information Officer
South Australian Film Corporation
226 Fullarton Road
South Australia 5065
Fees and charges
The FOI Act requires that an application for access to a document be accompanied by an application fee in accordance with The Freedom of Information (Fees and Charges) Regulations 1991.
The SAFC may at its discretion waive, reduce or remit a fee or charge for any reason it sees fit, including if grounds of financial hardship or general public interest can be established by the applicant. Details of current application fees can be found on the FOI access to information form.
If you have a general question about Freedom of Information, you are encouraged in the first instance to visit the Freedom of Information page on the State Records of South Australia website.
If your question is specific to the SAFC you may email the SAFC’s Accredited FOI Officer or phone them during normal business hours on (08) 8394 2000.