Freedom of Information Policy


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.


The University's Information Statement as required by Section 9 of the FOI Act is located at

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

Policy custodian changed from Chief Operating Officer to DVC&VP(A) on 20 December 2017, refer to: D2017/237506.

Minor amendments to ss.1.3(a) and 4(b) approved by DVC&VP(A) on 23 August 2018, refer to: D2018/191955.

Title Version Date uploaded
Freedom of Information Policy D2018/170810 27 Aug 2019

RMO File No. 2016/13672
Policy custodian Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic)
Responsible policy officer University Librarian
Endorsed by Vice-Chancellors Executive on 28 November 2007
Approved by Vice-Chancellor and President on 28 November 2007
Related Policies Privacy Policy

Records Management Policy

Related legislation Freedom of Information Act 1991
Superceded Policies Freedom of Information Policy - 5 August 2002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

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