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Freedom of Information Statement

The Freedom of Information Act, 1991 (FOI Act) gives you a legally enforceable right of access (subject to certain restrictions) to documents held by government.

FOI Act.

The FOI Act allows you to:

  • request access to documents in the possession of a State Government agency, Local Council or University
  • request the amendment of documents that relate to you which are incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading
  • seek a review of a decision made by a State Government agency, Local Council or University.

Further detail on Freedom of Information, your rights to access information, and the application process.

Making an FOI application

Prior to making an FOI application to TAFE SA you may wish to discuss your request with the accredited FOI officer by phoning (08) 8207 3640.

In accordance with the FOI Act an application must:

  • be made in writing
  • specify that it is made under the FOI Act
  • be accompanied by the appropriate application fee, if applicable
  • specify the documents you would like to access and provide as much detail as possible to assist us with identifying the documents
  • specify an address in Australia to which we can respond to your application
  • be lodged at the postal or street address below.

Postal address

Street address

Freedom of Information Officer
Office of the Chief Executive
TAFE SA
GPO Box 1872
ADELAIDE SA 5000

I Central reception
TAFE SA Adelaide campus
120 Currie Street (corner Rosina Street)
ADELAIDE
9:00am-5:00pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

Your application should specify the form of access you are seeking, for example state if you require a copy of the documents or if you wish to inspect the documents.

Download an information form (an FOI application).

Making an internal or external review

You have a right to internal or external review of any determination made by an accredited FOI officer.

Download an application form for internal review or external review.

Applications for external appeal can be made to the State Ombudsman.

Ombudsman South Australia website.

Application fees and processing charges

Current application fees and processing charges.

Exemptions to fees and charges apply for Members of Parliament. Exemptions to fees and charges apply to concession card holders and to individuals for whom payment of the fees or charges would cause financial hardship. TAFE SA may, as it thinks fit, reduce or remit a fee or charge.

Structure and functions of TAFE SA

TAFE SA was established as a Statutory Corporation on 1 November 2012.

TAFE SA is the largest provider of vocational education and training in South Australia, delivering more than 1,000 courses to an average of 80,000 students per year at our campuses across the state. TAFE SA offers training across more than 80 activity and industry-related areas with a wide range of quality courses and flexible study options.

TAFE SA plays a major role in the development of South Australia’s workforce with 88 per cent of students employed or in further study after graduating. TAFE SA works with industry and business to deliver relevant, high-quality, vocational education and training to better link skills and training with job opportunities, ensuring sustainable employment within the state.

Under the TAFE SA Act 2012 (the Act) an independent board of directors governs TAFE SA on behalf of the State Government.

TAFE SA’s management team.

Functions of TAFE SA boards and committees whose meetings are open to the public

The functions of TAFE SA affect the public through the delivery of vocational education and training services, including those delivered through partnerships.

TAFE SA’s vocational education and training services are provided throughout the state, including at metropolitan, regional and remote locations. TAFE SA also provides training services internationally.

TAFE SA’s vocational education and training services support South Australia’s Strategic Plan targets including:

Target 6. Aboriginal wellbeing: Improve the overall wellbeing of Aboriginal South Australians

Target 35. Economic growth: Exceed the national economic growth rate over the period to 2020

Target 36. Labour productivity: Exceed Australia's average labour productivity growth rate through to 2020

Target 47. Jobs: Increase employment by 2% each year from 2010 to 2016

Target 48. Ageing workforce participation: Increase the proportion of older South Australians who are engaged in the workforce by 10 percentage points by 2020

Target 49. Unemployment: Maintain equal or lower than the Australian average through to 2020

Target 50. People with disability: Increase by 10% the number of people with a disability employed in South Australia by 2020

Target 51. Aboriginal unemployment: Halve the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal unemployment rates by 2018

Target 53. Aboriginal employees: Increase the participation of Aboriginal people in the South Australian public sector, spread across all classifications and agencies, to 2% by 2014 and maintain or better those levels through to 2020

Target 54. Learning or earning: Increase the proportion of 15-24 year olds engaged full-time in school, post-school education, training or employment (or combination thereof) to 85% by 2020

Target 55. Apprentices: Increase the number of apprentice completions in trade occupations by 20% by 2020

Target 90. Share of overseas students: Increase the number of overseas students across all education and training sectors from 13,737 in 2003 to 45,000 by 2014

Target 91. Non-school qualifications: By 2014, equal or better the national average for the proportion of the labour force with non-school qualifications and maintain thereafter

Target 93. Tertiary education and training: Increase the proportion of South Australians aged 15 - 64 participating in tertiary education and training to 17% by 2016

Arrangements that enable members of the public to participate in formulation of TAFE SA’s policies

Administrative policy formulation is the responsibility of each of TAFE SA’s key divisions. Such policy formulation does not entail public participation.

TAFE SA’s management team.

Documents held by TAFE SA

TAFE SA holds a wide range of documents, many of which are available for inspection at TAFE SA, in addition to being available via our website.

TAFE SA policy documents

TAFE SA policy documents are freely available for inspection on the internet. These documents can be accessed without lodging an FOI application.

TAFE SA’s policies.

TAFE SA internet facilities are available at most campuses. Campus locations and contact details.

TAFE SA’s policy documents may also be inspected at TAFE SA’s Adelaide campus by contacting the FOI officer, Office of the Chief Executive. You should phone 8207 3640 in the first instance.

Alternatively, you may ask to speak with the FOI officer by enquiring in person at:

iCentral reception
TAFE SA Adelaide campus
120 Currie Street (corner Rosina Street)
ADELAIDE
9:00am-5:00pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

TAFE SA cannot guarantee the availability of the FOI officer without first making an appointment.

Types of documents which may be available pursuant to the FOI Act (FOI application required)

  • Generic student statistics
  • Qualification statistics
  • Personnel files relating to TAFE SA’s employees
  • Accounting, financial, and asset records relating to funding TAFE SA
  • Procedures and guidelines for how activities and functions are to be performed
  • Consultation and policy documents
  • Documents relating to contracts and grants
  • Complaints and investigations

Types of documents available for purchase from TAFE SA (FOI application not required)

  • Curricula

Types of documents available for free from TAFE SA (FOI application not required)

  • Current or past students’ own academic records
  • TAFE SA strategic plans
  • TAFE SA priority statements
  • TAFE SA Code of Practice
  • TAFE SA annual reports
  • Policies
  • Brochures
  • Pamphlets
  • Posters
  • Information packs
  • Administrative instructions

Accessing purchasable or free documents

To access the types of documents listed above that are available either for purchase or free of charge, phone the TAFE SA Information Freecall number: 1800 882 661.

Amendment of records of personal affairs pursuant to the FOI Act

Individuals for whom TAFE SA has provided access to documents may apply for amendment of those records if:

a) the documents contain information concerning your personal affairs; and
b) the information is available for the use by TAFE SA in connection with its administrative functions; and
c) the information is, in your opinion, incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading.

Applications for amendment of TAFE SA’s records pursuant to the FOI Act

An application for the amendment of TAFE SA’s records:

a) must be in writing;
b) must specify that it is made under the Freedom of Information Act 1991; and
c) must contain such information as is reasonably necessary to enable TAFE SA’s documents to which you have been given access to be identified; and
d) must specify the respects in which you claim information contained in the documents to be incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading; and
e) if your claims that the information contained in the documents is incomplete or out-of-date, must be accompanied by such information as is necessary to complete TAFE SA’s records or to bring them up-to-date; and
f) must be lodged at the postal or street address below:

Postal address

Street address

Freedom of Information Officer
Office of the Chief Executive
TAFE SA
GPO Box 1872
ADELAIDE SA 5000

I Central reception
TAFE SA Adelaide campus
120 Currie Street (corner Rosina Street)
ADELAIDE
9:00am-5:00pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

Procedure for giving access to documents and to the amendment of TAFE SA’s records concerning personal affairs

An amendment application made pursuant to the FOI Act will be dealt with on behalf of TAFE SA by an accredited FOI officer of TAFE SA.

An application must be dealt with as soon as practicable (and, in any case, within 30 days) after it is received.