Dear Department of Home Affairs,
Please provide me information for the following:
Number of Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa applications on hand by client location at lodgement (onshore & offshore) till date
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FOI Request: FA 22/05/00063
File Number: OBJ2022/10678
Dear Johny Sebastian
Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request
This letter acknowledges we received your request on Monday, 2 May 2022 to access documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act). This letter also provides important information about your request.
Scope of request
You have requested access to the following:
Number of Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa applications on hand by client location at lodgement (onshore & offshore) till date.
Your request was received by the Department on 2 May 2022 and has been allocated FOI request number: FA 22/05/00063.
Please include your FOI request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of Information Section.
The timeframe for processing a request is 30 days from the day we receive your request, as set out in the FOI Act.
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Charges do not apply to requests from individuals seeking access to documents about themselves. However, a charge may apply to all other requests for access to documents.
Charges are based on the amount of time the Department spends on your request. Charges can range from $10 to over $1,000 depending on the complexity and scope of your request. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner reported that across the public service, the average charge notified was $335.50 in 2020-21.
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The Department’s practice is to exclude the personal details of staff not in the Senior Executive Service (SES), as well as the direct contact details of SES staff, contained in documents that fall within scope of an FOI request. If you require personal details of non-SES officers, or direct contact details of SES staff, please inform us so the decision maker may consider your request. Otherwise we will take it that you agree to that information being excluded from the scope of your request. However names of staff that have previously been released in departmental correspondence may be disclosed.
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If the FOI decision-maker deems a document to be a duplicate, they will not assess those pages as part of your FOI request. This means that if a there is a decision to release the document to you, you will receive only one copy, even if multiple copies of that document exist.
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