This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Group Certificates/PAYG payment summaries of the Department's SES staff - FY2013/14, FY2014/15 and FY2015/16'.

Original Data 
Date Commenced
s 22
s 22
$    71,
$      363,
s 22
$  335,
$      359,
$   261,
$  355,
$      343,
$  228,
$   316,
$  349,
$      347,
$  290,
$   296,
$  335,
$      354,
$      274,
$      319,
Commenced with PMC during the finanical year
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
 SES Band 3 Remuneration
SES Band 3 Officer 1
SES Band 3 Officer 2
SES Band 3 Officer 3
$261,536*   $355,562.00 
SES Band 3 Officer 4
 $228,243*   $316,490.00   $349,841.00 
SES Band 3 Officer 5 
 $290,687.00   $296,927.00   $335,205.00 
*commenced during the financial year 

FOI fact sheet 12
Freedom of information – Your review rights
July 2012
If you disagree with the decision of an Australian Government agency or minister under the Freedom of 
Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act), you can ask for the decision to be reviewed. You may want to seek 
review if you sought certain documents and were not given full access, if someone is to be granted access 
to information that is about you, if the agency has informed you that it will impose a charge for processing 
your request or if your application to have your personal information amended was not accepted. There 
are two ways you can ask for review of a decision: internal review by the agency, and external review by the 
Australian Information Commissioner.
Internal review
or would not address your concerns (for example, 
If an agency makes an FOI decision that you 
if you were not consulted about a document 
disagree with, you can ask the agency to review 
that contains your personal information before it 
its decision. The review will be carried out by a 
was released). For more information see How do I 
different agency officer, usually someone at a more 
make an FOI complaint?
senior level. There is no charge for internal review.
Do I have to go through the agency’s internal 
You must apply within 30 days of being notified 
review process first?
of the decision, unless the agency extended the 
application time. You should contact the agency if 
No. You may apply directly to the Information 
you wish to seek an extension. The agency must 
Commissioner. However, going through the 
make a review decision within 30 days. If it does 
agency’s internal review process gives the agency 
not do so, its original decision is considered to be 
the opportunity to reconsider its initial decision, 
and your needs may be met more quickly without 
undergoing an external review process.
Internal review is not available if a minister or 
the chief officer of the agency made the decision 
Do I have to pay?
No. The Information Commissioner’s review is 
Review by the Information Commissioner
The Information Commissioner is an independent 
How do I apply?
office holder who can review the decisions of 
You must apply in writing and you can lodge your 
agencies and ministers under the FOI Act.
application in one of the following ways:
Is a review the same as a complaint?
No. The Information Commissioner also investigates 
GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001
complaints about agency actions under the FOI 
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Act. However, if you are complaining that an 
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agency decision is wrong, it will be treated as an 
in person:  Level 3 
application for a review. Your matter will be treated 
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as a complaint when a review would not be practical 
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FOI fact sheet 12 – Freedom of information: Your review rights

An application form is available on the website at 
Can I withdraw my application? Your application should include 
Yes. An application can be withdrawn at any time 
a copy of the notice of the decision that you 
before the Information Commissioner makes a 
are objecting to (if one was provided), and your 
contact details. You should also set out why you are 
objecting to the decision.
What happens in the review process?
Can I get help in completing the application?
The review process is designed to be as informal 
as possible. The Information Commissioner may 
Yes. The Information Commissioner’s staff are 
contact you or any of the other parties to clarify 
available to help you with your application if 
matters and seek more information. The Information 
anything is unclear.
Commissioner may also ask the agency or minister 
to provide reasons for their decision if the reasons 
When do I have to apply?
given were inadequate.
If you are objecting to a decision to refuse access 
Most reviews will be made on the basis of the 
to documents, impose a charge or refuse to amend 
submissions and papers provided by the parties. 
a document, you must apply to the Information 
Sometimes the Information Commissioner may 
Commissioner within 60 days of being given notice 
decide to hold a hearing if one of the parties 
of the decision. If you are objecting to a decision 
applies. Parties may participate in a hearing by 
to grant access to another person, you must apply 
telephone. If confidential matters are raised, the 
within 30 days of being notified of that decision.
hearing may be held partly or wholly in private.
You can ask the Information Commissioner for an 
extension of time to apply, and this may be granted 
Will there be other parties to the review?
if the Information Commissioner considers it is 
There may be. The Information Commissioner 
reasonable in the circumstances.
can join other parties who are affected by the 
application. For example, if you are objecting to 
Who will conduct the review?
someone else being granted access to information 
Staff of the Information Commissioner will conduct 
that concerns you, that person may be joined in the 
the review. Only the Information Commissioner, the 
FOI Commissioner or the Privacy Commissioner can 
make a decision at the end of the review.
Can someone else represent me?
Yes, including a lawyer. However, the Information 
Does the Information Commissioner have to 
Commissioner prefers the process to be as informal 
review my matter?
and cost-effective as possible and does not 
No. The Information Commissioner may decide 
encourage legal representation.
not to review an application that is frivolous, 
misconceived or lacking in substance, or if you fail to 
Will the Information Commissioner look at all 
cooperate with the process or cannot be contacted 
documents, including ones that are claimed to be 
after reasonable attempts. You cannot appeal 
against that decision.
Yes. The Information Commissioner’s review is a 
Alternatively the Information Commissioner may 
fresh decision, so all the relevant material must be 
decide that the Administrative Appeals Tribunal 
examined, including documents that the agency or 
(AAT) would be better placed to review the matter, 
minister has declined to release. Developments that 
and if so, will advise you of the procedure for 
have occurred since the original decision may also 
applying to the AAT. This will not be common.
be considered.
FOI fact sheet 12 – Freedom of information: Your review rights

What powers does the Information Commissioner 
What can I do if I disagree with the Information 
Commissioner’s review decision?
While the review process is designed to be informal, 
You can appeal to the AAT. The Information 
the Information Commissioner has formal powers to 
Commissioner will not be a party to those 
require anyone to produce information or documents,  proceedings. There is a fee for lodging an AAT 
to compel anyone to attend to answer questions and 
application, although there are exemptions for 
to take an oath or affirmation that their answers will 
health care and pension concession card holders, 
be true.
and the AAT can waive the fee on financial hardship 
grounds. For further information see 
An agency or minister can also be ordered to
undertake further searches for documents.
What decisions can the Information Commissioner 
FOI applications made before 1 November 
After reviewing a decision, the Information 
The Information Commissioner can only review an 
Commissioner must do one of three things:
agency’s or minister’s FOI decision if you made your 
FOI request on or after 1 November 2010. If you 
• set the decision aside and make a fresh decision
made your FOI request before 1 November, even if 
• affirm the decision, or
the decision was made after that date, the review 
• vary the decision.
process is different.
The Information Commissioner will give reasons for 
You must first ask the agency for internal review of 
the decision.
the decision. You may then appeal to the AAT if you 
are not satisfied with the decision.
Will the decision be made public?
The information provided in this fact sheet is of a 
Yes. The Information Commissioner will publish 
general nature. It is not a substitute for legal advice.
decisions on the website. Exempt material (that is, 
material that is not released) will not be included. 
Nor will the name of the review applicant, unless 
For further information 
that person requests otherwise or there is a special 
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reason to publish it.
email: [email address]  
write: GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001 
or visit our website at
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FOI fact sheet 14
Freedom of information – Disclosure logs
May 2011
Reforms to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act), which commenced on 1 May 2011, require 
agencies and ministers to publish information that they have released under the Act. This publication is 
known as a ‘disclosure log’. These reforms, together with the new information publication scheme (see FOI 
fact sheet 4 – The information publication scheme for Australian government agencies), aim to transform the 
freedom of information framework from one that responds to individual requests for access to documents 
to one that also requires agencies and ministers to take a proactive approach to publishing information. This 
will build a stronger foundation for greater openness and transparency in government.
What is a disclosure log?
How do I find an agency’s or a minister’s 
Agencies and ministers are required to publish a 
disclosure log?
disclosure log listing information that they have 
Disclosure logs are published on agencies’ and 
released after 1 May 2011 in response to FOI access 
ministers’ websites. In most cases, you will be able 
to find the disclosure log either by clicking on a 
A small number of agencies, including security and 
disclosure log icon (found on the homepage of some 
intelligence agencies, are exempt from the FOI Act 
agencies’ and ministers’ websites), or by following 
and do not need to publish a disclosure log.
the links to ‘Freedom of information’. 
Will all information accessed under the FOI 
Are there any charges for accessing the 
Act be published in a disclosure log?
No. If publication would be unreasonable, an agency 
As a general rule, information published or made 
or minister does not need to publish in its disclosure 
available under a disclosure log should be freely 
accessible by the community.
• personal information about any person
There may be circumstances where it is not practical 
• information about the business, commercial,
for an agency or minister to publish information or 
financial or professional affairs of any person
data on its website. In making information available 
in another form (eg by providing a photocopy), 
• other information of a kind determined by
an agency or minister may incur costs that it can 
the Information Commissioner (any such
determination will be published on our website
recoup by imposing a charge. Where charges apply, 
agencies and ministers will publish details of these 
on their websites.
When do agencies and ministers need to 
publish information in a disclosure log?
What is the Information Commissioner’s 
Agencies and ministers must publish information in 
a disclosure log within 10 working days of giving the 
The Information Commissioner has a role in 
FOI applicant access to the information. 
monitoring the administration of disclosure logs.
FOI fact sheet 14 – Freedom of information: Disclosure logs

As part of this role, the Commissioner has issued 
The complaint must identify the agency against 
guidelines on disclosure logs which agencies and 
which the complaint is made. The Information 
ministers need to consider. Those guidelines are 
Commissioner’s staff can help you with lodging your 
available on our website at The 
Commissioner may also make a determination that 
certain kinds of information should not be published 
The Commissioner’s complaint and investigation 
in a disclosure log. 
functions do not extend to the actions of ministers.
The Information Commissioner can also investigate 
Does the Information Commissioner have to 
an agency’s compliance with the disclosure log 
investigate my complaint?
No. The Information Commissioner can decide not 
to investigate, or not to continue to investigate a 
I don’t think an agency is complying with 
the disclosure log requirements — can I 
make a complaint?
More information on how to make a complaint is in 
How do I make an FOI complaint? 
Yes. Anyone can complain to the Information 
Commissioner about an agency’s actions in relation 
to its disclosure log. It is best that you first raise the 
The information provided in this fact sheet is of a 
complaint with the agency.
general nature. It is not a substitute for legal advice.
You may lodge a complaint in writing in one of the 
following ways:
GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001
For further information
+61 2 9284 9666
telephone: 1300 363 992  
email: [email address]  
[email address]
write: GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001 
in person:  Level 3, 
or visit our website at
175 Pitt Street 
Sydney NSW 2000
FOI fact sheet 14 – Freedom of information: Disclosure logs

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