By email: email@example.com
Our reference: C19/756
Freedom of Information request
1. I refer to your email dated 12 April 2019, seeking access to documents held by the Australian Public
Service Commission (the Commission) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).
2. You have requested access to the fol owing:
I request copies of any documents within al of John Lloyd’s email account (including drafts and
deleted items) that contain my name/personal information: “Fliccy”.
3. I am an officer authorised under subsection 23(1) of the FOI Act to make decisions in relation to FOI
requests. This letter sets out the reasons for my decision.
4. I have caused searches to be undertaken of the Commission’s email archives. I am satisfied based on
the evidence provided by the relevant officers that no documents exist within the scope of your
5. I have decided to refuse your request for access under section 24A of the FOI Act. Sections 24A(1)(a)
and 24A(1)(b) of the FOI Act provide that an agency may refuse a request for access to a document if
the agency is satisfied that al reasonable steps have been taken to find the document and the agency
is satisfied that the document does not exist.
6. My decision is made on the basis that al reasonable steps have been taken to locate any documents,
which you have requested, and no documents have been identified. Accordingly, my decision is that
no records exist in response to your request.
7. If you are dissatisfied with this decision, you are entitled to seek a review. Your rights are set out at
Attachment A to this letter.
8. If you require clarification of any of the matters discussed in this decision please contact the
Commission’s FOI Officer by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
17 April 2019
Attachment A – Rights of Review
Rights of Review
Asking for a full explanation of a Freedom of Information decision
If you are dissatisfied with this decision, you may seek review. Before you seek review of an FOI
decision, you may contact us to discuss your request and we wil explain the decision to you.
Seeking review of a Freedom of Information decision
If you stil believe a decision is incorrect, the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) gives you the
right to apply for a review of the decision. Under sections 54 and 54L of the FOI Act, you can apply
for a review of an FOI decision by seeking:
1. an internal review by an different officer of the Australian Public Service Commission, and/or
2. a external review by the Australian Information Commissioner.
There are no fees applied to either review option.
Applying for a review by an Internal Review Officer
If you apply for internal review, a different decision maker to the departmental delegate who made
the original decision wil carry out the review. The Internal Review Officer wil consider al aspects of
the original decision and decide whether it should change. An application for internal review must
be made in writing within 30 days of receiving this letter to:
The FOI Coordinator
Australian Public Service Commission
B Block, Treasury Building
GPO Box 3176
Parkes Place West
PARKES ACT 2600
You do not need to fil in a form. However, it is a good idea to set out any relevant submissions you
would like the Internal Review Officer to further consider, and your reasons for disagreeing with the
Applying for external review by the Australian Information Commissioner
If you do not agree with the original FOI decision or the internal review decision, you can ask the
Australian Information Commissioner to review the decision. You have 60 days to apply in writing
for a review by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) from the date you
received this letter or any subsequent internal review decision.
You can lodge your application:
Australian Information Commissioner
GPO Box 5218
SYDNEY NSW 2001
The OAIC encourage applicants to apply online. Where possible, to assist the OAIC you should
include your contact information, a copy of the related FOI decision and provide details of your
reasons for objecting to the decision.
Complaints to the Information Commissioner and Commonwealth Ombudsman
You may complain to the Information Commissioner concerning action taken by an agency in the
exercise of powers or the performance of functions under the FOI Act. There is no fee for making a
complaint. A complaint to the Information Commissioner must be made in writing. The Information
Commissioner's contact details are:
1300 363 992
You may complain to the Ombudsman concerning action taken by an agency in the exercise of
powers or the performance of functions under the FOI Act. There is no fee for making a complaint. A
complaint to the Ombudsman may be made in person, by telephone or in writing. The Ombudsman's
contact details are:
Phone: 1300 362 072