Dr Andrew Terhorst
Office of General Counsel
GPO Box 367
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2601
Dear Mr Terhost
ABN 59 698 720 886
FOI 23-19 - Decision on Access
I refer to the request made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(Cth) (FOI Act
Airservices Australia (Airservices
) on 15 July 2023 (the request
). It seeks access to:
a document that sets out the amount of respondents to the Hobart NAPs survey that were living
directly under the flight path.
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.
The FOI request seeks a breakdown of the respondents to the Hobart NAPs survey by location,
specifically between those living directly under the flight path
and those that were not. As part of
conducting the survey we collected information on the suburbs and wider areas that the respondents
lived in, but not whether they lived directly
under the flight paths.
Given that suburbs can vary in size along with respondents locations within those suburbs we
cannot say that the location data held by Airservices is not definitive proof as to whether those
respondents live directly under a flight path or simply close to one.
As a result we do not have the documents sought by this request and have decided to refuse it
under section 24A of the FOI Act.
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
11 August 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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