Freedom of Information

What is Freedom of Information?

The Freedom of Information Act 1991 is in place to ensure that you have the right to have access to documents within Council’s possession. The Freedom of Information Act can also be used to amend documents that relate to you which are incomplete, incorrect, out of date or misleading. 

When should I use Freedom of Information to access documents?

Any documents in the possession of Council that are not available to the public will require an application to gain access. It is best to firstly ascertain if the document you wish to gain access to is a public document, you will be surprised how many of Council’s documents are already available to you.

Can I talk to someone before I make a decision to lodge an application?

Of course you can, our Freedom of Information Officer would be pleased to discuss with you the document(s) you are looking to access and give any guidance required.

A lot of our documents are already available to the public and do not require a Freedom of Information application. Some documents require a small photocopying fee where copies are required and they would all be free of charge for an inspection.

Please note that some documents are classed as exempt documents and may not be available under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Freedom of Information Officer will be available to guide you in any instance as to whether your application is necessary and its possibility of being an exempt document. You may contact the Freedom of Information Officer on 8406 8222.

How do I lodge a Freedom of Information Application?

Click on the links to view Access to Information Application Form (PDF, 210KB). Fill in all the necessary details and post your application with the appropriate fee to:

Freedom of Information Officer
City of Salisbury
PO Box 8
Salisbury SA 5108 

How do I know what fees are required to lodge my application?

All fees can be viewed by checking the Schedule of Fees (PDF, 55KB) document. 

What if I want to email my application?

Your application can be emailed directly to the Freedom of Information Officer, however the application will not be considered 'officially received' until payment has also been received. If you choose to take this option please put a note with the payment advising of the application it relates to and address the payment to:

Freedom of Information Officer
City of Salisbury
PO Box 8
Salisbury SA 5108

What if I don’t want to use the application form?

You can choose not to use an application form and place your application to Council in writing. If you do this, the following guidelines must be adhered to, to ensure we receive a legal request: 

  • specify that you are making an application under the Freedom of Information Act 1991
  • include your name and address
  • specify the documents you would like access to and what they may concern
  • identify if these documents may contain information about your personal affairs
  • advise how you wish to receive the information - e.g. photocopy, you wish to inspect it
  • include the application fee
  • if you are requesting a waiver of the application fee a copy of supporting documents is required e.g. a copy of your pension card  

The application must be delivered or posted to:

Freedom of Information Officer
City of Salisbury
12 James Street  (PO Box 8 for postal applications)
Salisbury SA 5108 

Freedom of Information Annual Statement

The Freedom of Information Annual Statement is a requirement under the Act.

The City of Salisbury’s Information Statement contains information on: 

  • your Elected Members
  • structure and functions of Council
  • the effect of Council on the public
  • public participation in policy formulation
  • documents held by Council
  • access and amendment arrangements
  • Council electoral boundaries

The majority of this information is available to you on the website, however it is a requirement under the Freedom of Information Act 1991 to be able to provide members of the public with all of the above information in one publication.

Further Information

Further enquiries can be made to the Freedom of Information Officer on 8406 8222 or email.

For more information about Freedom of Information and the FOI Act, visit the State Records website.