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FOI 23-28 - Decision on Access
I refer to the request made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(Cth) (FOI Act
Airservices Australia (Airservices
) on 4 September 2023 (the request
). It seeks access to:
the documents that show where the top three levels of Airservices management and other
Government departments used flight statistic sets as a basis to make the decision to PROCEED
with the flight path over the Primrose Sands, Forcett and Carlton River TAS areas.
I am authorised under section 23 of the FOI Act and the Airservices Instrument of Delegation and
Authorisation to make decisions on primary requests under the FOI Act.
Section 24A Decision – Documents do not exist
Section 24A of the FOI Act provides in part that an agency may refuse a request for access to a
document if all reasonable steps have been taken to find the document and the agency is satisfied
that it does not exist.
In the last five years Airservices has made two decisions to change the flightpaths at Hobart Airport.
The first change occurred in 2017 and was made pursuant to a legal obligation to comply with the
newly introduced rules concerning Standard Instrument Departures and Standard Instrument
Arrivals. The second decision to change the flight paths occurred in 2019 as a result of the Hobart
Airspace Design Review. Neither decision included or gave reference to “flight statistic sets as a
basis to proceed
” with the changes within them.
For this reason I have determined that the documents you are seeking do not exist and have
decided to refuse your request under section 24A of the FOI Act.
I understand that you may be concerned that Airservices did not give reference to flight statistics in
the Primrose Sands, Forcett and Carlton River areas when making decisions regarding flight paths
at Hobart airport. You may wish to contact the Noise Complaints team who are in a better position to
discuss these concerns with you.
Review rights and complaints
Information about your rights of review and how you can make a complaint about the handling of
your request is at Attachment A
If you wish to discuss my decision please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authorised FOI Decision Maker
4 October 2023
INFORMATION ON REVIEW RIGHTS
The Freedom of Information Act 1982
(the FOI Act
) gives you the right to apply for a review of this
an internal review; or
the Australian Information Commissioner (Information Commissioner
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you consider the decision should be reviewed.
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have requested access, you have the right to seek a review of that decision by the Information
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