Dear Department of Veterans' Affairs,

Could I please have a copy of the directive communicated by the secretary of the Department in relation to requiring non-aps employees to take two weeks leave.

Any formal policy requiring non-aps staff to take 2 weeks leave

Yours faithfully,

Penny

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INFORMATION.LAW, Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Dear Penny,

 

Freedom of Information Request: FOI 43597

 

I refer to your request for access to documents held by the Department of
Veterans’ Affairs (Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(FOI Act). Your request was received by the Department on 31 May 2021 and
was made in the following terms:

 

“… Could I please have a copy of the directive communicated by the
secretary of the Department in relation to requiring non-aps employees to
take two weeks leave.

 

Any formal policy requiring non-aps staff to take 2 weeks leave ..”

 

In accordance with section 15(5)(b) of the FOI Act, the due date for a
decision on your request is 30 June 2021.

 

When the processing period may be extended or suspended

 

The current due date may be extended by up to 30 days if agreed by you
(section 15AA of the FOI Act). Also, the due date may be extended by an
additional 30 days in each instance, if your request is considered
voluminous or complex (section 15AB of the FOI Act) or if the Department
is required to undertake a third party consultation (sections 26A, 27 or
27A of the FOI Act). If any of these extensions apply, the Department will
notify you.

 

We will write again when the Department has more information. Further
information on FOI processing can be found at the website of the Office of
the Australian Information Commissioner at [1]https://www.oaic.gov.au/.

 

Publication of documents

Please note that information released under the FOI Act may later be
published online on our disclosure log at
[2]https://www.dva.gov.au/about-dva/freedom...
subject to certain exceptions, such as if the documents relate to your own
personal information. The Department will advise you in its decision
whether details of your request will be published on the disclosure log or
not.

Contacting us about your request

 

We will contact you using the email address you have provided. Please
advise if you would prefer us to use an alternative means of contact.

 

If you have any questions, please contact us using the following details:

 

Post:              Information Law Section, Legal Services & Audit Branch

GPO Box 9998 CANBERRA   ACT   2601

Facsimile:    (02) 6289 6337

Email:            [3][email address]

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Famida (Position Number 62212449)

Information Access Officer

Information Law Section

Legal Services and Audit Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

t 1800 555 254 | e [4][email address] | [5]www.dva.gov.au

p GPO Box 9998, Canberra ACT 2601

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Dear
Penny,                                                                                         

 

I refer to FOI 43597.

 

In order to assist the Department with its search and retrieval process,
could you please provide some clarity on the following aspects of your
request:

 

1)      Does the request refer to policies for a particular type of leave?
For example are your requesting the Department’s non-asp staff policies
for annual leave, personal leave, sick leave and/or the APS shutdown
period over Christmas and new year’s?

 

2)      Could you provide some clarification on the on the directive
communication by the Secretary. Specifically, when such a directive would
have been communicated?

 

I am in the process of working with the relevant business areas to
identify the documents relevant to the scope of your request. I would
appreciate your input for this no later than COB 9 June 2021.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Kind regards,

 

Famida (Position Number 62212449)

Information Access Officer

Information Law Section

Legal Services and Audit Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

t 1800 555 254 | e [1][email address] | [2]www.dva.gov.au

p GPO Box 9998, Canberra ACT 2601

[3]cid:image001.png@01D0027A.1DAB84F0

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IMPORTANT: This document contains legal advice and may be subject to legal
professional privilege. Unless it is waived or lost, legal professional
privilege is a rule of law that, in part, provides that the client need
not disclose confidential communications between a legal practitioner and
client. To keep this privilege, the purpose and content of this advice
must only be disclosed to persons who have a need to know and on the basis
that those persons also keep it confidential.

You should consider this advice and take it into account when forming a
decision on how best to proceed. If you decide to adopt a position that
does not align with this advice, you should not state that DVA Legal
Services & Audit Branch has cleared or endorsed a particular position.

 

From: INFORMATION.LAW
Sent: Tuesday, 1 June 2021 4:19 PM
To: '[FOI #7361 email]'
Cc: INFORMATION.LAW
Subject: Acknowledgment of your FOI request – FOI 43597 [SEC=OFFICIAL]

 

Dear Penny,

 

Freedom of Information Request: FOI 43597

 

I refer to your request for access to documents held by the Department of
Veterans’ Affairs (Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(FOI Act). Your request was received by the Department on 31 May 2021 and
was made in the following terms:

 

“… Could I please have a copy of the directive communicated by the
secretary of the Department in relation to requiring non-aps employees to
take two weeks leave.

 

Any formal policy requiring non-aps staff to take 2 weeks leave ..”

 

In accordance with section 15(5)(b) of the FOI Act, the due date for a
decision on your request is 30 June 2021.

 

When the processing period may be extended or suspended

 

The current due date may be extended by up to 30 days if agreed by you
(section 15AA of the FOI Act). Also, the due date may be extended by an
additional 30 days in each instance, if your request is considered
voluminous or complex (section 15AB of the FOI Act) or if the Department
is required to undertake a third party consultation (sections 26A, 27 or
27A of the FOI Act). If any of these extensions apply, the Department will
notify you.

 

We will write again when the Department has more information. Further
information on FOI processing can be found at the website of the Office of
the Australian Information Commissioner at [4]https://www.oaic.gov.au/.

 

Publication of documents

Please note that information released under the FOI Act may later be
published online on our disclosure log at
[5]https://www.dva.gov.au/about-dva/freedom...
subject to certain exceptions, such as if the documents relate to your own
personal information. The Department will advise you in its decision
whether details of your request will be published on the disclosure log or
not.

Contacting us about your request

 

We will contact you using the email address you have provided. Please
advise if you would prefer us to use an alternative means of contact.

 

If you have any questions, please contact us using the following details:

 

Post: Information Law Section, Legal Services & Audit Branch

GPO Box 9998 CANBERRA ACT 2601

Facsimile: (02) 6289 6337

Email: [6][email address]

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Famida (Position Number 62212449)

Information Access Officer

Information Law Section

Legal Services and Audit Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

t 1800 555 254 | e [7][email address] | [8]www.dva.gov.au

p GPO Box 9998, Canberra ACT 2601

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INFORMATION.LAW, Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Dear Penny,

 

Just writing to follow up on my informal consultation on the scope of FOI
43597.

 

Could you please clarify the aspects of your request noted in my email of
7 June 2021. This may be of assistance to the Department in identifying
the document(s) you are seeking access to.

 

I would be grateful for a response at your earliest convenience.

 

Kind regards,

 

Famida (Position Number 62212449)

Information Access Officer

Information Law Section

Legal Services and Audit Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

t 1800 555 254 | e [1][email address] | [2]www.dva.gov.au

p GPO Box 9998, Canberra ACT 2601

[3]cid:image001.png@01D0027A.1DAB84F0

P Please consider the environment before printing this email

IMPORTANT: This document contains legal advice and may be subject to legal
professional privilege. Unless it is waived or lost, legal professional
privilege is a rule of law that, in part, provides that the client need
not disclose confidential communications between a legal practitioner and
client. To keep this privilege, the purpose and content of this advice
must only be disclosed to persons who have a need to know and on the basis
that those persons also keep it confidential.

You should consider this advice and take it into account when forming a
decision on how best to proceed. If you decide to adopt a position that
does not align with this advice, you should not state that DVA Legal
Services & Audit Branch has cleared or endorsed a particular position.

 

From: INFORMATION.LAW
Sent: Monday, 7 June 2021 6:03 PM
To: '[FOI #7361 email]'
Cc: INFORMATION.LAW
Subject: Informal Consultation on Scope for FOI 43597 [SEC=OFFICIAL]

 

Dear Penny,

 

I refer to FOI 43597.

 

In order to assist the Department with its search and retrieval process,
could you please provide some clarity on the following aspects of your
request:

 

1)      Does the request refer to policies for a particular type of leave?
For example are your requesting the Department’s non-asp staff policies
for annual leave, personal leave, sick leave and/or the APS shutdown
period over Christmas and new year’s?

 

2)      Could you provide some clarification on the on the directive
communication by the Secretary. Specifically, when such a directive would
have been communicated?

 

I am in the process of working with the relevant business areas to
identify the documents relevant to the scope of your request. I would
appreciate your input for this no later than COB 9 June 2021.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Kind regards,

 

Famida (Position Number 62212449)

Information Access Officer

Information Law Section

Legal Services and Audit Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

t 1800 555 254 | e [4][email address] | [5]www.dva.gov.au

p GPO Box 9998, Canberra ACT 2601

[6]cid:image001.png@01D0027A.1DAB84F0

P Please consider the environment before printing this email

IMPORTANT: This document contains legal advice and may be subject to legal
professional privilege. Unless it is waived or lost, legal professional
privilege is a rule of law that, in part, provides that the client need
not disclose confidential communications between a legal practitioner and
client. To keep this privilege, the purpose and content of this advice
must only be disclosed to persons who have a need to know and on the basis
that those persons also keep it confidential.

You should consider this advice and take it into account when forming a
decision on how best to proceed. If you decide to adopt a position that
does not align with this advice, you should not state that DVA Legal
Services & Audit Branch has cleared or endorsed a particular position.

 

From: INFORMATION.LAW
Sent: Tuesday, 1 June 2021 4:19 PM
To: '[FOI #7361 email]'
Cc: INFORMATION.LAW
Subject: Acknowledgment of your FOI request – FOI 43597 [SEC=OFFICIAL]

 

Dear Penny,

 

Freedom of Information Request: FOI 43597

 

I refer to your request for access to documents held by the Department of
Veterans’ Affairs (Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(FOI Act). Your request was received by the Department on 31 May 2021 and
was made in the following terms:

 

“… Could I please have a copy of the directive communicated by the
secretary of the Department in relation to requiring non-aps employees to
take two weeks leave.

 

Any formal policy requiring non-aps staff to take 2 weeks leave ..”

 

In accordance with section 15(5)(b) of the FOI Act, the due date for a
decision on your request is 30 June 2021.

 

When the processing period may be extended or suspended

 

The current due date may be extended by up to 30 days if agreed by you
(section 15AA of the FOI Act). Also, the due date may be extended by an
additional 30 days in each instance, if your request is considered
voluminous or complex (section 15AB of the FOI Act) or if the Department
is required to undertake a third party consultation (sections 26A, 27 or
27A of the FOI Act). If any of these extensions apply, the Department will
notify you.

 

We will write again when the Department has more information. Further
information on FOI processing can be found at the website of the Office of
the Australian Information Commissioner at [7]https://www.oaic.gov.au/.

 

Publication of documents

Please note that information released under the FOI Act may later be
published online on our disclosure log at
[8]https://www.dva.gov.au/about-dva/freedom...
subject to certain exceptions, such as if the documents relate to your own
personal information. The Department will advise you in its decision
whether details of your request will be published on the disclosure log or
not.

Contacting us about your request

 

We will contact you using the email address you have provided. Please
advise if you would prefer us to use an alternative means of contact.

 

If you have any questions, please contact us using the following details:

 

Post: Information Law Section, Legal Services & Audit Branch

GPO Box 9998 CANBERRA ACT 2601

Facsimile: (02) 6289 6337

Email: [9][email address]

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Famida (Position Number 62212449)

Information Access Officer

Information Law Section

Legal Services and Audit Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

t 1800 555 254 | e [10][email address] |
[11]www.dva.gov.au

p GPO Box 9998, Canberra ACT 2601

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Dear Penny,

 

Please find attached the Department’s response to FOI 43597.

 

Kind regards,

 

Famida (Position Number 62212449)

Information Access Officer

Information Law Section

Legal Services and Audit Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

t 1800 555 254 | e [1][email address] | [2]www.dva.gov.au

p GPO Box 9998, Canberra ACT 2601

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