Read a selection of the Ombudsman’s Freedom of Information external review determinations.

These determinations show the types of external reviews regularly conducted by the Ombudsman, and provide insight into the Ombudsman’s interpretation of the Freedom of Information Act 1991.

Adelaide Hills Council (2021/06161)  (PDF, 177.6 KB)

External review in relation to the Adelaide Hills Council’s 26 May 2020 decision to close a number of roads for the purpose of a 2021 car rally.

Department for Health and Wellbeing (2021/06514) (PDF, 98.6 KB)

External review of deemed refusal concerning COVID information, where no documents in scope.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing (2021/06631) (PDF, 147.5 KB)

External review of deemed refusal including documents subject to ICAC secrecy provisions.

Department of the Premier and Cabinet (2021/07312) (PDF, 136.7 KB)

External review in relation to the use of data, website redirections, Facebook advertising and NationBuilder.

SA Police (2022/00129) (PDF, 87.1 KB)

The agency refused the applicant’s request for access to documents regarding the efficacy of mask-wearing in lessening the transmission of COVID-19. The Ombudsman determined to vary the agency’s decision.

Department for Environment and Water (2022/00666) (PDF, 170.3 KB)

External review in relation to the National Trust SA, highlighting issues arising from the broad construction of the Cabinet exemption.

Department for Health and Wellbeing (2022/01051) (PDF, 106.2 KB)

Further external review where the agency was taken to have refused access to documents following the Ombudsman’s determination, and the agency failed to justify its refusal of access.