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Reference: R30646299 
I refer to the application by Mr Alan Cole under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 
(FOI Act), for access to: 
“…the schedule and flight manifests including crews of all special purpose flights 
outside of Australia i.e international flights between January and July of 2017.” 

excluding personal email addresses, signatures, PMKeys numbers and mobile telephone 
numbers, contained in documents that fall within the scope of the FOI request. In 
addition, excluding duplicates of document. 

FOI decision maker 
I am the accredited officer pursuant to section 23 of the FOI Act to make a decision on 
this FOI request. 
Documents identified 
A number of documents will be prepared for tabling in Parliament. I identified no 
documents as currently matching the description of the request.  
I have decided to defer access to the documents in accordance with section 21(1)(c) 
[Deferment of access] of the FOI Act. 
Material taken into account 
In making my decision, I had regard to: 
a.  the terms of the request; 
b.  relevant provisions in the FOI Act;  
c.  the Guidelines published by the Office of the Australian Information 
Commissioner under section 93A of the FOI Act (the Guidelines); and 
d.  advice received from the Ministerial and Parliamentary Committee (in the 
Ministerial and Executive Coordination and Communication Division). 
Reasons for decision  
Section 21 – Deferment of access 
I have decided to defer access to the documents related to the scope of the request in 
accordance with paragraph 21(1)(c) [Deferment of access] of the FOI Act until early 2018.  
The Department of Defence (Defence) is responsible to the Minister for Defence for 
compiling the Schedule of Special Purpose Flights. The schedule is planned to be tabled in 
parliament biannually and includes details on all legs flown, passengers carried, hours and 
financial costing. 

The schedule of special purpose flights between January and July 2017 will be prepared 
by Defence for tabling in parliament.  The practice is to table the schedule six months after 
the relevant reporting period, during the corresponding winter or summer parliamentary 
sitting breaks. The documents can be expected to be tabled out of session in early 2018.   
My reason for deferring access to the documents is that premature release would be 
contrary to the public interest. While I acknowledge that there is a public interest in disclosure 
of official information to inform legitimate public debate, there is, in my view a greater public 
interest in following established procedures for accessing this information.  
Further information 
10.  The applicant asked why there has been no publication of any 2016 flights given the 
schedules of special purpose flights are published twice yearly. 
11.  The schedule for Jan-Jun 2016 was tabled in Parliament in July 2017.  The schedule for 
July – December 2016 is being prepared and is expected to be publicly available by the end of 
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Date: 2017.08.10 12:37:26 +10'00'
Nicola Viney 
Accredited Decision Maker 
Associate Secretary Group 

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