This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Enterprise bargaining - what information is provided to department about employees' votes?'.


 
 
Our ref: IEF17/624 
 
Mr James Smith 
Right to Know 
 
By email: [FOI #3162 email]  
Dear Mr Smith 
Freedom of Information Act 1982 – Notice of third party consultation  
 
I refer to your correspondence received by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (the 
department) on 26 February 2017, in which you sought access under the Freedom of Information Act 
1982
 (the FOI Act) to the following documents: 
 
1.  All documents wherein the outcome of any enterprise bargaining ballots were 
communicated to the department by the entity who undertook the ballots. 
2.  This shall include the YES/NO vote amounts or percentages as well as any additional 
information related to the vote. For example, a breakdown of the vote by employee 
location, or APS level. 

3.  The scope of this request covers any such documents that were received as a result of 
EBA offers made to staff under: Workplace Bargaining Policy 2015 or Australian 
Government Public Sector Workplace Bargaining Policy 2014. 
 

Notice of Third Party Consultation 
Business or commercial information  
Your request covers documents that contain information about the business affairs of a certain 
organisation.  
Under section 27 of the FOI Act, where a request is made for a document containing information 
about the business affairs of an organisation and it appears to the department that the organisation 
might reasonably wish to contend that the information is: 

exempt under section 47; or  

conditionally exempt under section 47G and giving access to the document would, on 
balance, be contrary to the public interest; 
the department must give the organisation a reasonable opportunity to make a submission in support 
of the contention. 
Under section 27 the department must have regard to any submissions made by the organisation 
before making a decision to give access to the document. 
Timing for consultation with third parties 
Given that consultation with third parties is required, subsection 15(6) of the FOI Act extends the 
standard statutory 30-day time limit for processing requests by another 30 days. Accordingly, this will 
give the department 60 days within which to notify you of its decision on access to the documents.  
 
 
 
industry.gov.au  
Industry House - 10 Binara Street, Canberra City, ACT 2601  

GPO Box 9839 Canberra ACT 2601 ABN: 74 599 608 295 

 
Should you have further queries regarding this letter, please contact the FOI team at 
[Department of Industry, Innovation and Science request email] 
 
Yours sincerely 
 
 
 
 
FOI team 
Legal, Audit and Assurance Branch  
Corporate Division 
         
22 March 2017 
 
 
 
industry.gov.au  
Industry House - 10 Binara Street, Canberra City, ACT 2601  

GPO Box 9839 Canberra ACT 2601 ABN: 74 599 608 295