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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The Freedom of Information Act can also be used to amend documents that relate to you which are incomplete, incorrect, out of date or misleading.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 . 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 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
34 Church Street  (PO Box 8 for postal applications)
Salisbury SA 5108 

Freedom of Information Annual Statement

Freedom of Information – 2020/2021 figures

During the 2020/2021 financial year, the City of Salisbury determined 16 applications under the provision of the Freedom of Information Act 1991.

Of these 16, five applications were granted full release:

  • One was in relation to access to all building plans and specifications in relation to residential property in Ingle Farm
  • One was in relation to a request for a list of high risk manufactured water systems (HRMWS) in City of Salisbury
  • One was in relation to all documents including application for development approval and any executed Development Ace Statement of Compliance in relation to building residential property at Brahma Lodge
  • One was in relation to a list of all addresses on the City of Salisbury ratepayer roll for which Housing SA is listed as the ratepayer as well as any other public/community housing providers such as Anglicare, Housing Australia, Junction Australia, United Wesley
  • One was in relation to a request for documents related to construction and/or renovations of a residential property at Para Vista

Of these 16, nine applications were granted partial release:

  • One was in relation to copies of all communication and enquiries between past property owners of a residential property at Ingle Farm and Council regarding applications for property improvements, including the additional building in the backyard and carport & veranda.  Also a copy of the Section 7 search.
  • One was in relation to all documents and other evidence including video relied on by the City of Salisbury in issuing Nuisance Abatement Notice in respect of the property located at Parafield Gardens
  • One was in relation to a request for copy of noise diaries submitted to Council by neighbours
  • One was in relation to a request for a copy of documents relating to the stormwater over-flow systems, stormwater collection system, all photos and diagrams relating to trenching and pipelines and drawings of pipelines relating to a residential property at Gulfview Heights.
  • One was in relation to a request for all planning approvals and stamped drawings associated with the existing petrol stations at Burton
  • One was in relation to a request for all witness statements, any correspondence including emails and letters, logs of phone calls and associated notes made by the investigating officer and copies of any expiation notices issued for dog attack
  • One was in relation to a request for copies of correspondence between City of Salisbury and nominated persons
  • One was in relation to a request for any correspondence between Council & property owner of residential property at Globe Derby Park in relation to septic system or related. Correspondence to include email, letter or notes of phone conversations
  • One was in relation to a request for request for a copy of the original complaint and subsequent diaries for property at Paralowie

Of these 16, two applications were denied under the grounds that no such documents exist:

  • One was in relation to a request for a copy of all Council logs and maintenance records associated with tree removal in Alfred Street Pooraka for three years prior to 1 September 2020
  • One was in relation to a request for a copy of a report from Manager of Governance to the Mayor for the rejection of request for deputation to talk at Council meeting on 28 September 2020

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.