Department of Treasury and Finance

Freedom of Information (FOI)

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

A comprehensive overview of how freedom of information operates in South Australia is available from State Records.

The Department of Treasury and Finance FOI Information Statement

The Information Statement provides a summary of what the Department of Treasury and Finance 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 FOI 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.

The Department of Treasury and Finance organisation structure

The Department of Treasury and Finance roles and responsibilities

How DTF’s functions affect members of the public

DTF’s role is to ensure accountability for public sector resources. Its functions affect members of the public in the following areas:

  • decisions regarding resource allocations for government programs and priorities
  • management of the Government’s financial assets and liabilities
  • monitoring and reporting on State finances and providing certainty of funding to the State
  • advising the Government on economic, social and regulatory issues
  • administering the Government’s revenue collection system (RevenueSA), insurance program and public sector superannuation schemes (Super SA).

How members of the public may participate in formulating policies and the delivery of the DTF’s functions

The Department of Treasury and Finance periodically invites public consultation on significant policies and initiatives.

Documents held by DTF

Documents held by the DTF fall broadly into the categories described below. Most are held in hard copy format, although some are stored electronically.

There are other options for gaining access to government documents besides using the FOI Act. Many documents are already publicly available and it is not necessary to lodge an FOI application to see these.

It may be useful to contact DTF to find out if you can access the information you want without making an FOI application.

The following DTF documents are available online

Documents available for inspection

  • If you are a current or past employee, you may access your employee file.

Documents available to purchase:

  • list of unclaimed monies

Seeking access to DTF’s documents

Applications that must be made in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act, include:

  • for access to information/documents
  • to amend the DTF’s official records about your personal affairs.

Applications to the Department of Treasury and Finance must be made in writing and addressed to:

Freedom of Information Officer
Department of Treasury and Finance
GPO Box 1045
ADELAIDE SA 5001

Alternatively, you can submit an application online at the following address: www.sa.gov.au/foi

Before submitting your FOI application, you should contact DTF’s Freedom of Information Officer to discuss your application and assist in clarifying your request.

Telephone 8429 0839 (between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday)
Email: FreedomofInformation2@sa.gov.au

An FOI application for access to documents must be accompanied by the fee as stated in the current application form, unless the applicant qualifies for a fee waiver. Additional charges may be levied to process your request.

Amendments to DTF’s records concerning personal affairs

If, after inspecting documents, an applicant considers that personal information about them in the document/s is incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading, they may apply for the amendment of those personal records.

There is no fee for making an application to amend your personal records.

Accessing DTF’s documents

We will provide you with a written acknowledgement of receipt of your FOI application.

If we do not hold the documents, notification of transfer of the application to the relevant agency will be provided to you.

We will contact you to discuss any issues if clarification is required.

Following consideration of the documents and applying any relevant exemptions to any of the documents, we will provide you with a copy of the documents for release and an accompanying letter explaining any decisions to partially or fully exempt any documents.

DTF has 30 calendar days in which to process an application. In some cases it may be necessary to extend the time limit for processing an application, in which case, DTF will notify the applicant.

Making amendments to DTF’s records

When an application is received to amend DTF’s records, we will provide the applicant with a written acknowledgement of receipt of the application.

We will contact the applicant to discuss the application if any clarification is required.

Following consideration of the application, we will provide a letter to the applicant explaining any decisions to amend or refuse to amend the documents (determination).

DTF has 30 calendar days in which to process the application. We may refuse to amend our records if we believe that those records are not incorrect or out-of-date, or if we believe that the information supplied in the application is largely incorrect or misleading.

If DTF advises that it refuses to amend its records, the applicant may lodge a notice with DTF requiring to add a notation to those records, stating that the applicant claims that the records are incorrect or out-of-date and the reasons why the applicant made the claim.

DTF’s Policy Documents

Releasing department information (FOI)

Under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 1991 the business of government is made open and accountable to all. FOI gives you a legally enforceable right of access to documents held by the Government of South Australia.

FOI allows you to:

  • access documents within our possession (subject to certain legal restrictions)
  • amend documents that relate to you which are incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading.

FOI exemptions

While FOI aims to provide access to the maximum amount of information possible, a number of exemptions are necessary to ensure that privacy or the proper administration of the department is not unduly affected.  More information about these exemptions is available from State Records.

To make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request fill in the application form. The application form provides a guide to the FOI process and any associated fees.

Address your application to:

Freedom of Information Officer

Department of Treasury and Finance
GPO Box 1045
ADELAIDE  SA  5001
Telephone:  (08) 8429 0839

Freedom of Information Proactive Disclosure

As at 1 October 2017, in compliance with Premier and Cabinet Circular PC045, the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) is required to publish a proactive disclosure log of all non-personal information released to applicants under the Freedom of Information Act 1991 (FOI Act). A copy of PC045 can be found at: http://www.dpc.sa.gov.au/what-we-do/services-for-government/premier-and-cabinet-circulars

This log provides a central avenue for members of the public to access information released by the department under the FOI Act. In conjunction with this policy, documents or excerpts of documents which include the personal affairs of an individual will not be disclosed via this method. Documents which can be claimed as exempt material pursuant to Schedule 1 of the FOI Act will not be disclosed in this log. Documents which are considered defamatory or those which represent a breach of confidentiality or could be expected to cause harm to a person, will also be exempt from disclosure via this method.

DTF is responsible for processing determinations on behalf of the Office of the Treasurer. Applications for both agencies are provided below.

Please note:

Some determinations available for public access may have additional information removed. For example, information relating to the personal affairs of an applicant may be redacted, prior to public release.

Information attached to, or referred to, in DTF's disclosure log will generally be removed after 12 months, unless the information has enduring public value.

DTF Reference No.

Agency

Date of determination

FOI request

Determination and/or documents released

Other information

T&F17/0611

DTF

31 October 2017

Access to Unclaimed Money Database for amounts of $5000 over

Freedom of Information - Unclaimed money database (277KB PDF)

A copy of the document released can be requested from the FOI Officer.

T&F17/0589

DTF

22 November 2017

All documents relating to budget and actual spend of social media by DTF for 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 periods - financial years.

Freedom of Information - Budget and actual spend on social media promotion (5.1MB PDF)

 

T&F17/0602

DTF

30 November 2017

For 2016-17 please provide the number of non-state Government land tax payers whose aggregated taxable value is within each of provided bands [$300,000 to $599,999] and the amount of land tax revenue paid by taxpayers.

Freedom of Information - non State Government Land tax payers (460 KB)

 

T&F17/0756

DTF

5 December 2017

Access to List of Unclaimed Monies.

Freedom of Information - Unclaimed money database (517KB PDF)

A copy of the document released can be requested from the FOI Officer

T&F17/0792

DTF

28 December 2017

Request to provide the number of (non-Government) Payroll tax payers who have taxable wages between the following bands:[$1,199,999.99 to $1,500,000 plus]

Freedom of Information - non State Government Payroll tax payers (638 KB)

 

T&F18/0012

DTF

25 January 2018

A copy of the Unclaimed Moneys database for all records with a value of $50 or more

Freedom of Information - Unclaimed money database (75KB PDF)

A copy of the document released can be requested from the FOI Officer

Enquiries

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