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10 February 2017
Our reference: LEX 26567
Mr Justin Warren
By email: [FOI #3024 email]
Dear Mr Warren,
Acknowledgement of your Freedom of Information Request
I refer to your request for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(the FOI Act
). I have taken your request to be for:
'I request the following information relating to the initiative to match Centrelink data
with data from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to detect potential overpayment and
the recovery of those overpayments from citizens.
- Documents listing identified risks, categorisations (Likelihood, Impact, etc.),
and treatments (e.g. Risk Registers) in the period 1 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016.
This initiative has been extensively covered by the media using various names,
including #robodebt and #notmydebt’.
Your request was received by the department on 6 February 2017 and the 30 day statutory
period for processing your request commenced from the day after that date. You should
therefore expect a decision from us by 8 March 2017.The period of 30 days may be
extended if we need to consult third parties or for other reasons. We will advise you if this
I note that the Right to Know website indicates you made an amendment to your request. I
understand that you intended the amendment to relate to another request (LEX 26566). I will
continue to process your original request unless you advise me otherwise.
The department will advise you if a charge is payable to process your request and the
amount of any such charge as soon as practicable. Your Address
The FOI Act requires that you provide us with an address which we can send notices to. You
have advised your electronic address is [FOI #3024 email].
will send all notices and correspondence to this address. Please advise us as soon as
possible if you wish correspondence to be sent to another address or if your address
changes. If you do not advise us of changes to your address, correspondence and notices
will continue to be sent to the address specified above.
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Administrative Release of Documents
A number of the documents you are seeking may be generally available to you without the
need for a formal FOI request and can be released through the department's administrative
access arrangements ('the arrangements'). Unless you advise us otherwise, in processing
your request we may provide you with documents under these arrangements where
appropriate. The arrangements do not extend to information or materials of third parties.
Where documents are released to you under the arrangements we will advise you in our
Please note that information released under FOI Act may be published in a disclosure log on
the department's website. Section 11C of the FOI Act requires this publication, however it is
subject to certain exceptions, including where publication of personal, business, professional
or commercial information would be unreasonable. Exclusion of junior department employee details
The department is working towards ensuring that all employees have a choice about whether
they provide their full name, personal logon identifiers and direct contact details in response
to public enquiries. Where such details are included in the scope of a request, this may add
to processing time and applicable charges as it may be necessary to consider whether the
details are exempt under the FOI Act. On this basis, unless you tell us otherwise, we will
assume that these details are out of scope of your request and they will be redacted under
section 22 of the FOI Act. Further assistance
If you have any questions please email [email address]
FOI Decision Maker
Freedom of Information Team
FOI and Litigation Branch | Legal Services Division
Department of Human Services
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