This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Non Employment Income Data Matching (NEIDM) Project program protocol'.



If not delivered return to PO Box 7820 Canberra BC ACT 2610 
 
 
 
29 March 2017 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our reference:  LEX 28337 
Mr Justin Warren 
 
By email: [FOI #3231 email]  
 
 
Dear Mr Warren 
 
Freedom of Information Request - Third Party Consultation  
 
I refer to your request dated 14 March 2017 and received by the Department of Human 
Services (the department) on the same day, for access under the Freedom of Information 
Act 1982 
(the FOI Act) to the following:  
 
‘I request a copy of the Non Employment Income Data Matching (NEIDM) project's 
program protocol that is mentioned in the Commonwealth Gazette dated August 
2016.’ 
Third-party consultation - business documents 
As your request covers documents which contain information concerning the business, 
commercial or financial affairs of an organisation, or a person's business or professional 
affairs, the department is required to consult with the person or organisation concerned 
(under section 27 of the FOI Act) before making a decision on the release of those 
documents. 
 
For this reason the period for processing your request has been extended by 30 days in 
order to allow the department time to consult with that person or organisation (section 15(6) 
of the FOI Act). The processing period for your request will now end on 15 May 2017. 
 
The consultation mechanism under section 27 applies when the department considers the 
person or organisation concerned may wish to contend that the requested documents are 
exempt because their release would disclose trade secrets or commercially valuable 
information or may adversely affect their business or financial affairs. The department will 
take into account any comments we receive from the person or organisation.  However, the 
final decision on whether to grant you access to the documents requested rests with this 
department. 
 
 
 
 
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Yours sincerely 
 
 
 
Authorised FOI Decision Maker 
Freedom of Information Team 
FOI and Litigation Branch | Legal Services Division  
Department of Human Services