There is usually a fee for making an application - currently this is $35.
If you are seeking large numbers of documents, Council may require processing fees to be paid in accordance with the South Australian Freedom of Information Fees and Charges Regulations. These fees are calculated based on time spent accessing the documents, and the costs of providing documents (e.g. cost of printing, transcribing, storage devices).
Requests for small numbers of specific documents rarely incur additional processing fees. The more specific you can make your application, the less likely Council will need to charge for access. To assist in narrowing the scope of your application, consider specific date ranges, names, and details.
If the application is personal in nature, two hours of processing is provided free of charge. Personal documents include your own financial affairs, criminal records, marital or personal relationships, employment records, or personal qualities and attributes.
Once your application has been received, council will contact you if additional processing fees will be required, and you will be given the choice to continue, reduce the scope, or withdraw your application.
Are there any concessions?
If you are a concession card holder, your fees will be waived. Proof of concession is required at time of application.
If you aren’t a concession card holder, but the fees associated with your application would cause you to suffer financial hardship your fees may also be waived, reduced or put on hold. Before seeking a fee waiver for financial hardship, a council Freedom Of Information Officer may be able to assist by working with you to reduce the scope or setting up payment plan.