The Freedom of Information Act 1991 gives individuals the legally enforceable right to access to documents created and held by the government, subject to some restrictions.
The act allows people to apply for access to documents held by local councils, the State Government and its agencies or a University. Applications for access to records related to State Care are included in this. Under the Act, individuals can also request that records related to them be amended when they are found to be incorrect, out-of date, misleading or incomplete.
The Freedom of Information Act does not apply to private organisations or businesses in South Australia. It also does not apply to records held by the Commonwealth Government.
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The Find & Connect Support Service can help people who lived in orphanages and children's institutions look for their records.
15 October 2018
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/sa/SE01319
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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