309 processing directives, statistics and procedures.

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Dear Department of Home Affairs,

I request, under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 the following information.

- Documents showing any advice and any directive(s) that has been communicated to Posts regarding the general processing (i.e. non-case specific) of 309 visas in the period 01/07/2020 to present.

- The intranet page that outlines internal policies and procedures for assessing and making a determination on 309 as well as the individual PDF files associated with each sub step.

- A statistical breakdown from 01/01/2020 to current of the number of applications in calendar days to decision for 309 visa by post and by decision type (granted/rejected)

- forecasting/planning for family visa subclass for the 19/20 20/21 21/22 FY

- A statistical breakdown of 309 applications on hand since 01/07/2020 by country of passport broken down into number of applications awaiting processing at each regional processing office and how many applications are yet to be appointed for processing. The purpose Is to illustrate how applications have been distributed globally based on specific regional processing issues.

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 21/02/01000
File Number: OBJ2021/6528

Dear Ned

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

I refer to your correspondence received on 14 February 2021 seeking access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

Scope of request

You have requested access to the following:

- Documents showing any advice and any directive(s) that has been communicated to Posts regarding the general processing (i.e. non-case specific) of 309 visas in the period 01/07/2020 to present.

- The intranet page that outlines internal policies and procedures for assessing and making a determination on 309 as well as the individual PDF files associated with each sub step.

- A statistical breakdown from 01/01/2020 to current of the number of applications in calendar days to decision for 309 visa by post and by decision type (granted/rejected)

- forecasting/planning for family visa subclass for the 19/20 20/21 21/22 FY

- A statistical breakdown of 309 applications on hand since 01/07/2020 by country of passport broken down into number of applications awaiting processing at each regional processing office and how many applications are yet to be appointed for processing. The purpose Is to illustrate how applications have been distributed globally based on specific regional processing issues.

Your request was received by the Department on 14 February 2021 and has been allocated FOI request number FA 21/02/01000 . Please include your FOI request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of Information Section.
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Should you wish to discuss your request you may contact the FOI Section at [Department of Home Affairs request email].

Kind regards,

FOI Officer
Freedom of Information
Department of Home Affairs
E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]

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Dear FOI,

RE FA 21/02/01000

May I please check the expected resolution date of this request

Yours sincerely,

Ned

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL

Good morning,

Thank you for your email enquiring about the progress of your FOI request.

Please be advised that the Department is currently processing a large number of FOI requests. Our staff are working hard and the Department is committed to processing your request as quickly as possible.

A decision on access will be made on your request and you will be notified of this as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Officer
Freedom of Information
FOI and Records Management Branch
Data Division | Strategy & Law Enforcement Group
Department of Home Affairs | Email: [Department of Home Affairs request email]

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Dear FOI,

RE FA 21/02/01000

May I please check the expected resolution date of this request?

Yours sincerely,

Ned

Department of Home Affairs

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Dear Department of Home Affairs,

RE FA 21/02/01000

May I please check the expected resolution date of this request?.

Yours faithfully,

Ned

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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OFFICIAL

Good afternoon,

Thank you for your email enquiring about the progress of your FOI request.

Please be advised that the Department is currently processing a large number of FOI requests. Our staff are working hard and the Department is committed to processing your request as quickly as possible.

A decision on access will be made on your request and you will be notified of this as soon as possible.

Kind regards,

Michelle
Position Number: 60019770
Freedom of Information
Department of Home Affairs
E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]

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