Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act 1991 (the Act) gives members of the public a legally enforceable right to access information held by the South Australian Government, subject to certain conditions.

Application for Access

Applications for access or amendments to documents under the Act must be in writing. This can be in a letter or email or on the request for access application form available on the State Records website.  

In accordance with the Act, applications for access or amendments to documents held by Electoral Commission SA (ECSA) must: 

  • specify that the application is made under the Freedom of Information Act 1991
  • be accompanied by the statutory fee ($38.25 by cheque, money order or cash).  Exemptions apply for concession holders or for applicants that can demonstrate financial hardship.  Additional charges may be levied in processing a request dependant on the nature and complexity 
  • clearly identify the documents being sought or the matter to which they relate to 
  • state whether the application is for access or amendment of documents 
  • state whether or not the documents contain information of a personal nature 
  • specify the applicants address 
  • specify the method of access to the document, such as inspection at an arranged time and location, or having a hard or electronic copy provided. 

Applications under the Act should be forwarded to: 

Accredited Freedom of Information Officer 
Electoral Commission SA 
GPO Box 646 
Adelaide SA 5000 

Or via email to 

Electoral Commission SA will acknowledge all freedom of information applications within 2 business days.  A determination is generally made within 30 days of receipt however in some cases an extension may be granted and this will be advised in writing.      

Further Information

Any enquires about freedom of information applications should be directed to the Accredited Freedom of Information Officer on (08) 7424 7400 during business hours or by email to

Further detail on the freedom of information process and application forms can be found on the State Records website.

Information Statement 

The Information Statement provides a summary of what ECSA does, the types of documents we hold, and how a person can access the information they are seeking. The Freedom of Information Statement is published pursuant to Section 9 of the Act, which requires government agencies to publish an up-to-date information statement every 12 months, in the agency’s annual report, on a website maintained by the agency, or both.

Information statement (PDF 99 kB)

Internal Review

Should you not be satisfied by a determination you can request an internal review.  To make an application, please either write to or send the Application for Review of a Determination Form to the Principal Officer the Electoral Commissioner within 30 days of receiving your determination and attach the statutory fee of $38.25.  

Applications for an internal review should be forwarded to: 

Electoral Commissioner 
Electoral Commission SA 
GPO Box 646 
Adelaide SA 5000 

Or via email

External Review

External review by the Ombudsman

After an internal review has been completed, or where you have been unable to apply for an internal review, and you are not satisfied with the decision you can apply for an external review by the Ombudsman.

You may also request an External Review by the Ombudsman if you have no right to an Internal Review.

The application for review by the Ombudsman should be lodged within 30 days after the date of a determination. The Ombudsman’s Office, at their discretion, may extend this time limit.

Investigations by the Ombudsman are free.  Further information is available from the Office of the Ombudsman by telephone on 8226 8699 or toll free 1800 182 150 (within SA or at

Appeal to the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) 

If you are not satisfied with the decision made by Electoral Commission SA or after a review by the Ombudsman, you can appeal to SACAT. 

You must exercise your right of review to SACAT within 30 calendar days after being advised of the determination or the results of the review. Any costs will be determined by SACAT, where applicable. 

Further information is available from South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) by telephone 1800 723 767, Email:  or their website


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