Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 1991 (FOI Act) provides members of the public with a legally enforceable right of access to information held by agencies, subject to specific exemptions. Under Section 9 of the FOI Act, State Government agencies must publish an up-to-date information statement every 12 months. Information statements must be published in the agency’s annual report, on a website maintained by the agency, or both.

Structures and functions of DCS

The structures and functions of DCS are available on this website.

An overview of the reporting lines of responsibility can also be found here or in the DCS annual reports.

Functions of DCS affecting the public

The department’s work directly impacts on the public by securely and humanely managing people ordered by the Courts to serve a community based or prison sanction, and to provide them with opportunities to lead law abiding lives.

DCS also contributes to a safer community by working in partnership with other criminal justice organisations and the community to prevent crime and reduce repeat offending.

Public participation in policy development

Public consultation is undertaken when it is deemed appropriate to engage the public in the formulation of specific policy.

Description of the kinds of documents held by DCS

Documents retained by DCS fall broadly into the categories of corporate files containing correspondence, minutes and memoranda; policies, procedures, instructions and guidelines prescribing the way various activities are to be performed; personnel files relating to departmental employees; strategic and business plans, reports, contracts and agreements; accounting and financial records; and prisoner and offender records.

The listing of these categories does not necessarily imply that all documents falling into the categories are accessible in full or in part under the FOI Act.

Arrangements for seeking access to DCS documents

Applications made under the FOI Act for access to records held by the department, including records concerning personal affairs, must:

  • be in writing
  • specify that they are made under the FOI Act
  • provide sufficient detail to enable the identification of the documents(s)
  • show an Australian address for the service of notices
  • be accompanied by the application fee ($34.25).

A fee reduction may be granted in certain circumstances.

A Freedom of Information Application for access to documents is available from

In addition, applications for the amendment of records concerning personal affairs must also provide information showing why it is believed the record(s) is incomplete, incorrect, out-of-date or misleading. No application fee is payable in respect of an application for the amendment of records.

A Freedom of Information application for amendment of personal records is available from

Applications for access to documents, or for amendment of personal records held by the department, should be addressed to:

Manager, Freedom of Information
Department for Correctional Services
GPO Box 1747
Telephone: 08 8226 9000