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Freedom of Information

The Department for Child Protection recognises the importance of confidentiality. Certain information collected by the department in the course of its child protection duties cannot be released. 

The duty to maintain confidentiality is outlined in section 58 of the Children's Protection Act 1993

Accessing personal departmental records

The Chief Executive of the Department for Child Protection has issued an authority to allow care leavers to access personal departmental records subject to conditions within the Freedom of Information Act 1991

Who is a care leaver?

A care leaver is a person who has been placed under an investigation and assessment order or a care and protection order. 

If you have been placed under either of these orders and you are seeking personal information contained within departmental records, you can apply for your records by using a Freedom of Information application form (Word, 90KB)

The department does not charge application fees for care leavers to access their information. 

Getting help

If you need help with applying or would like to know the types of documents the department may hold on you, contact the Freedom of Information Team

I'm not a care leaver

If you are not a care leaver, but you are seeking access to personal information held by the department, you may not be authorised to receive personal information contained within departmental records. 

You are encouraged to contact the Freedom of Information Team before making an application. 

Accessing non-personal departmental records

While the majority of FOI requests received by the department relate to care leavers, a number of corporate FOI requests are received from MPs and the media seeking access to non-personal information such as: 

  • statistical data
  • internal communications
  • reports
  • policy documents.

From 1 October 2017, any non-personal information released through the Freedom of Information Act 1991 is published via a public disclosure log

If you are seeking access to non-personal information you are encouraged to contact the Corporate FOI Officer in the Office of the Chief Executive

Contact

Freedom of Information applications - personal information

Telephone: 8226 4399
Email: DCP.FOI [at] sa.gov.au

Freedom of Information Team
Department for Child Protection
GPO Box 1072
Adelaide SA 5001

Corporate FOI applications

Telephone: 8226 6622
Email: DCPOCEFOI [at] sa.gov.au

Office of the Chief Executive
Department for Child Protection
GPO Box 1072 
Adelaide SA 5001