Freedom of Information Policy

Overview:

The University of Adelaide is a body established for a public purpose and an "agency" under the Freedom of Information Act 1991 ("the FOI Act"). Members of the public have a right of access to documents created or held by the University. This Policy aims to ensure compliance with the University's obligations under the FOI Act and promote a consistent approach to the handling of applications under that scheme.

The FOI Act provides exemptions which allow the University to refuse access to documents containing information which it is not in the public interest to disclose, including confidential information. Where the University (or another party contracting with the University) wants to keep the terms of a contract confidential, certain legislative requirements must be met before the FOI Act exemptions can be relied upon. The Policy also aims to ensure that contracts containing confidential terms are adequately safeguarded from disclosure under the FOI Act.



Note

The University's Information Statement as required by Section 9 of the FOI Act is located at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/587/

Reviewed and re-affirmed for further three years without amendment by Chief Operating Officer on 17 January 2017, refer to: D2017/7749.


RMO File No. 2006/4451
Policy custodian Chief Operating Officer
Responsible policy officer Manager, Corporate Information
Endorsed by Vice-Chancellors Executive on 28 November 2007
Approved by Vice-Chancellor and President on 28 November 2007
Related Policies Privacy Policy
http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/62/

Records Management Policy
http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/606/

Related legislation Freedom of Information Act 1991
http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/sa/consol_act/foia1991222/
Superceded Policies Freedom of Information Policy - 5 August 2002
Effective from 28 November 2007
Review Date 31 December 2019
Contact for queries about the policy Contact the FOI Officer on 8303 5184 or Legal and Risk on 8303 5033 or email helpdesklegal@adelaide.edu.au

Printed copies of these documents may not be up to date. Please refer to the University Policy and Procedures website for the latest version.