FOI Fees and Charges

Application fee

There is an application fee for making a freedom of information application to access documents.  To find out what the current application fee is you can download an FOI Application Form - Request for Access (PDF 38KB) or download a copy of the Freedom of Information (Fees and Charges) Regulations 2003.

There is also an application fee for making an application to review a freedom of information determination (decision).  To find out what the current application fee is you can download the FOI Application Form - Review Decision (PDF 272KB) or download a copy of the Freedom of Information (Fees and Charges) Regulations 2003.

There is no application fee to make a freedom of information application to amend your personal records.


Application processing charges

State Government agencies, Government Ministers, Local Councils and Universities may also charge additional charges to process your freedom of information access application.  Processing charges can include charges for the time spent searching for documents and photocopying.  For details of the current processing charges, download a copy of the FOI Application Form - Review Decision (PDF 272KB)

Waiving fees and charges

If you hold a current concession card such as a health care card or pension card, then you do not have to pay any fees or charges under freedom of information.  Proof of the concession card may be required when you lodge your application with the relevant State Government agency, Government Minister, Local Council or University.

Alternatively, if you can satisfy the relevant agency that paying any fees or charges would cause you financial hardship, then all fees and charges will be waived.  Please contact the agency that you are applying to if you want to discuss this further.  Proof may be required.

Seeking a review of fees and charges

If you are dissatisfied with a fee or charge you have been asked to pay, you can request a review of the fee or charge.  Please contact the State Government agency, Government Minister, Local Council or University you made your application to if you want to request a review of a fee or charge.

Members of Parliament in South Australia

A Member of the South Australian Parliament who applies for access to documents under freedom of information is entitled to access documents without paying any fees or charges unless the work involved in processing the application totals more than $1 000.

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