This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Cost of defence lanyards'.




Freedom of Information 
CP1-6-001 
PO Box 7910 
CANBERRA BC   ACT   2610 
Tel: 02 626 62200 
 
Fax: 02 626 62112 
 
[email address] 
 
 
Our reference:   FOI 124/15/16 
 
Paris 
 
 
By email: [FOI #1330 email]  
  
 
 
Good morning 
NOTICE OF DECISION ON FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST 
1. 
I refer to your correspondence, dated 27 October 2015, in which you requested access, 
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), to: 
Item 1 - Documents that show the final cost to the department for the current defence 
lanyard. 
Item 2 - The quote/cost for the replacement defence lanyard known as the next 
generation lanyard mentioned in the Canberra Times article on 22 Oct 15. 

Exclude business names or any other people’s names or contact details 
Background 
2. 
The statutory timeframe for you to receive your request is 25 November 2015. 
3. 
The purpose of this letter is to provide you with the decision relating to the documents 
that are the subject of your request. 
FOI decision maker 
4. 
Ms Anush Avakian, Accredited Decision Maker, Department of Defence is the 
authorised officer pursuant to section 23 of the FOI Act to make a decision on this FOI 
request. 
Documents identified 
5. 
Ms Avakian identified two documents as matching the description of your request.  
Decision 
6. 
Ms Avakian decided to release the documents in full with irrelevant information 
redacted under Subsection 22(1). 
Subsection 22(1) – Irrelevant matter 
7. 
Subsection 22(1) of the FOI Act states the following: 
(1) 
This section applies if: 
(a) 

an agency or Minister decides: 
(ii)  that to give access to a document would disclose information that 

would reasonably be regarded as irrelevant to the request for 
access. 

Defending Australia and its National Interests 

 
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8. 
After examination of the document, Ms Avakian found that they contained material 
which, if released, would disclose information that would reasonably be regarded as irrelevant 
to the scope of the request as the applicant has excluded personal and business information 
and requires only the cost. Ms Avakian therefore decided to remove that material in 
accordance with subparagraph 22(1)(a)(ii) of the FOI Act. 
FOI Disclosure Log  
9. 
In accordance with the requirements of section 11C of the FOI Act, Defence is 
required to publish details of information released under the FOI Act. Defence will publish 
today the identified documents relating to this requests with privacy deletions.  
Your Review Rights 
Internal Review 

10. 
Under the provisions of section 54 of the FOI Act, you are entitled to request a review 
of this decision. You must request a review, in writing, within 30 days of the date of this 
letter, or the date you receive the documents.  Requests can be sent to: 
Email:  [email address]  
Fax:   02 626 62112 
Post:  Freedom of Information Directorate - Reviews 
Department of Defence 
CP1-6-029 
PO Box 7910 
CANBERRA BC ACT 2610 
Australian Information Commissioner 
11. 
Under the provisions of section 54 of the FOI Act, you are also entitled to request an 
external review of this decision by the Australian Information Commissioner. You have 60 
days to lodge such a request, using one of the contact methods below:  
Email:  [email address]  
Phone: 1300 363 992 
Fax:   02 9284 9666 
Post:  GPO Box 2999 
Canberra ACT 2601 
Complaints  
12. 
You may complain to Defence, the Information Commissioner or the Commonwealth 
Ombudsman about an action taken by Defence in the exercise of its power or the performance 
of its functions under the FOI Act.  There is no fee for making a complaint. Should you wish 
to complain to the Department of Defence, your complaint can be addressed to Mr Tony 
Corcoran using the contact details below: 
Email:  [email address] 
Post:   Tony Corcoran 
Assistant Secretary Information Management and Access Branch 
CP1-6-14 
PO Box 7911 
CANBERRA BC ACT 2610 


 
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13. 
Contact details for the Commonwealth Ombudsman are below: 
Phone: 1300 362 072) 
Fax:   02 6276 0123 
Post:  Commonwealth Ombudsman 
GPO Box 442 
CANBERRA ACT 2601 
14. 
Contact details for the Information Commissioner are above. 
15. 
Should you have any questions in regard to this matter please contact this office. 
Yours sincerely 
 
 
 
Andrea Sansom 
Assistant Director 
Freedom of Information 
 
17 November 2015 
 
Enclosure: 
1. 
Documents in the form for release