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Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act 1991 and the Information Privacy Principles Instructions gives you the right to:

How to apply for access to SAPOL information

You can apply to access information held by SAPOL.

Freedom of Information (FOI) is subject to exceptions and exemptions necessary to protect:

  • essential public interests
  • individual private and business affairs.

Where an exception or an exemption applies you cannot access SAPOL information.

Step 1: Complete an application form

Complete an Application for Access to SAPOL Records form.

The form is available online or from your local police station.

Print the form.

Download the Application for Access to SAPOL records form Word version

Download the Application for Access to SAPOL records form PDF version 112.9 KB

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Step 2: Provide details of the information

Provide details of the information that you want to access. Include:

  • document name
  • date ranges
  • type of record
  • incidents that occurred.

Be specific and avoid making broad or general requests such as 'please provide all records related to me'.

If your application does not include specific details it will be returned.

Documents and information about third parties

If you want to access information about other people you must get their signed written consent and attach it to your application.

If you are unable to get their consent our staff may try to contact them.

Step 3: Include the application fee

Include the application fee with your application.

Make cheques and money orders out to South Australia Police.

The fee may be waived if you are a concession, unemployment, pensioner or full time student card holder. Attach a verified copy of the card to your application.

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Additional costs

You may have to pay additional costs for:

  • finding, sorting, compiling and copying documents
  • contacting third parties
  • photocopies, written transcripts, photographs, audio/visual tapes or computer disks.

Step 4: Lodge your application

Lodge your application at a police station.

Show proof of your identity.

Pay the fee or show proof that you have a concession, health care, unemployment, pensioner or full-time student card holder.

Your application will be processed within 30 days as required by the Act.

How to apply for an amendment to your personal records

You can apply for your personal information held by SAPOL to be amended if you believe that it is incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading.

Step 1: Complete an application form

Complete an Application for Amendment of Personal Records form.

The form is available online or from your local police station.

Download the Application for Amendment of Personal Records form Word version

Download the Application for Amendment of Personal Records form PDF version

You do not need to pay a fee for this request.

Step 2: Identify the reasons for the amendment

Give the reasons why you are seeking an amendment.

Step 3: Lodge your application

Lodge your application at a police station.

Your application will be processed within 30 days as required by the Act. An extension of time in which to deal with your application may be sought depending on the volume of documents and/or need for SAPOL to undertake consultation with third parties.

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Internal review

You have the right to ask SAPOL for a review if you are not satisfied with the FOI determination.

Step 1: Complete an application form

Complete an Application for Internal Review form.

The form is available online or from your local police station.

Download the Application for Internal Review form Word version

Download the Application for Internal Review form PDF version

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Step 2: Give the reasons for the review

Give the reasons why you are seeking a review of your FOI request.

Step 3: Include the application fee

Include the application fee with your application or:

Attach a verified copy of your concession, unemployment, pensioner or full-time student card.

Make cheques and money orders out to South Australia Police.

View the current fees

Step 4: Lodge your application

Lodge your application at a police station.

Show proof of your identity.

Pay the fee or show proof that you have a concession, health care, unemployment, pensioner or full-time student card holder.

Your application will be processed within 14 days as required by the Act.

Contacts

Information Services Branch
Freedom of Information Unit

Phone 7322 3347
Fax 7322 4180

Postal address:
Information Services Branch
Freedom of Information Unit
South Australia Police
GPO Box 1539
Adelaide SA 5001