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The FOI Act provides that agencies can calculate fees and charges for the processing of FOI applications in relation to finding, sorting, compiling and copying documents and undertaking any consultation required under the FOI.

For the current list of fees associated with processing FOI applications in South Australia, please refer to the Freedom of Information (Fees) Notice 2021, located on pages 135 to 136 of the South Australian Government Gazette dated 3 June 2021, or refer to the table below.

Activity itemCharges (as at 1 July 2020)

Application fee

$38.25 (pensioners or health card holders and other financially disadvantaged applicants can apply for a reduction in fees, including the application fee)


For the first 2 hours spent by the agency in dealing with the application which contains information concerning the personal affairs of the applicant

For every subsequent 15 minutes so spent by the agency

In any other case – for every 15 minutes so spent by the agency

Nil charge




$0.20 per page

Written transcript of words recorded

$8.55 per page

Copy of photograph, X-ray, video tape, computer tape or computer disk

Actual cost incurred by the agency in producing the copy


Actual cost incurred by the agency in posting the documents

Internal Review Application fee$38.25

A cheque or money order for the amount of the application fee must be forwarded to the Freedom of Information Officer when submitting an FOI application. To arrange a payment via credit card or Electronic Funds Transfer, please contact the DEW accredited Freedom of Information Officer on telephone (08) 8463 6625.

Should you have any queries in relation to the above please contact the Freedom of Information team on telephone (08) 8463 6625 or email dew.foi@sa.gov.au.