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Freedom of Information

Under the Freedom of Information Act 1991, members of the public can request access to information and documents held by the department. A comprehensive overview of how Freedom of Information (FOI) operates in South Australia is available from State Records.

Making an FOI application

Applications requesting access to documents must be made in writing and can take 30 days to process. You may choose to write your own letter of request, or download the FOI application form below.

FOI application form PDF, 343.65 KB

In making an application, ensure you:

  • specify that the application is made under the Freedom of Information Act 1991
  • include the application fee (exemptions apply for Members of Parliament and pensioners or health card holders).  The application fee is $36.75 (as at July 2019).
  • specify an address in Australia to which information can be sent
  • clearly identify the documents being sought or the matter to which they pertain
  • specify whether the documents contain information of a personal nature
  • specify the desired type of access to the document, such as inspection of the document at an arranged location or having a copy made
  • provide contact details by which you can be contacted if clarification about the content of your application is required.

Forward written applications to us as per the contact details below.

Application to review a determination

If you are refused access to a document (either in part, or full), you will be informed of the reasons why and advised of your rights to seek a review of the decision.

You can seek to have the department review a Freedom of Information (FOI) determination (decision), commonly referred to as an internal review.

  • An internal review of a determination form must be lodged with ORSR within 30 calendar days of you receiving advice of a Determination that you are unhappy with. In most instances a fee is payable on application.  The application fee is $36.75 (as at July 2019).

FOI internal review of a determination form PDF, 316.56 KB

You will be advised of the outcome of your internal review application within 14 calendar days of receipt within the department.

If you are not advised within 14 days or you remain unhappy with the outcome of the internal review, you are entitled to an external review by the Ombudsman SA.

In some circumstances you are entitled to apply for a review by the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

FOI Statement

The Freedom of Information Act 1991 (FOI Act) provides members of the public with a legally enforceable right of access to information held by South Australian Government agencies, subject to certain restrictions (or exemptions) that are set out within the legislation.

The following information statement for the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing is published pursuant to Section 9 of the FOI Act.

Structure and functions of the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR)

The functions of the Agency are:

  • To provide advice and investment where it supports grassroots engagement, provide inclusive spaces, support high performance training environments and attract major events and tourism.
  • To provide advice, support and resources to sport, recreation and racing stakeholders to build on their existing capacity to attract, retain and develop participants at all levels.
  • To invest in targeted programs, partnerships and resources that increase access and opportunities for all people to get involved in sport and recreation.
  • To identify, develop and support targeted athletes, coaches, sport programs and pathways that maximise the performance of world class athletes.
  • To deliver a suite of grant programs that support the achievement of the industry and the government’s sport and recreation priorities, transparently, efficiently and effectively.
  • To support our service delivery with professional, timely support services that improves our business performance.

For further information about the Agency, visit the following links:

ORSR functions affecting the public

The work of the Agency encompasses a range of services designed to make a tangible and positive difference to the wellbeing of members of the community, support the growth of the sector and support the performances of elite athletes at major National and International benchmark events.

Public participation in agency policy development and the exercise of the agency's functions

The Agency regularly seeks external expertise and community opinion in the development of policy; including from statewide and targeted consultations and advisory committees. To connect with the community, consultation may be undertaken in the planning, development and implementation of policy.

The Agency consults with major interest groups and service providers, circulates discussion papers, calls for submissions on particular topics, and convenes public meetings on legislative reform and policy initiatives.

Types of documents held by ORSR

The Agency holds a wide variety of documents that fall broadly into the categories described below:

  • corporate files containing correspondence, memoranda, minutes etc on the Agency's operations
  • accounting and financial reports on the Agency's business activities
  • athlete records (eg case notes)
  • personnel files relating to Agency employees
  • internal policies, procedures, and guidelines prescribing how various programs, activities and functions are to be performed
  • general administrative instructions and industrial circulars
  • general publications including annual reports, books, discussion and background papers, reports, reviews, serial publications, pamphlets, posters, surveys, strategies, evaluations, assessments and proposals

Documents available free of charge from ORSR

Many of the Agency's publications are available without charge and can also be accessed online. Requests for documents can also be made via email to ORSR Enquiries.

Documents available free of charge include the following:

  • pamphlets
  • posters
  • application forms for services
  • strategic plans
  • fact sheets, guidelines and templates
  • annual reports
  • media releases
  • newsletters
  • community consultation/discussion papers

Agency policy documents

The Agency maintains a substantial number of internal policy and procedure documents. These include policies and procedures relating to:

  • volunteers
  • operational programs and service delivery (eg housing and disability services)
  • financial management
  • risk management
  • governance
  • human resources
  • information communication technology
  • workforce health, safety and welfare
  • procurement
  • records management

View a list of policies

Members of the public wishing to access internal policy documents can obtain copies (or arrange to inspect copies if they prefer) by sending a request by email to ORSR Enquiries, by contacting Agency offices during normal business hours (8.45am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday) or by contacting the FOI email whose details appear below. There is no charge for accessing internal policy documents.

For any FOI Enquiries, please contact the FOI email at:  ORSR.FOI@sa.gov.au

FOI Contact Details




1300 714 990

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Business hours

Monday to Friday 9am – 5.00pm excluding public holidays


27 Valetta Road

Kidman Park SA 5025

Postal address

PO Box 219

Brooklyn Park SA 5032

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