By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our reference: SHC19-4794
Freedom of Information request
1. I am writing in relation to your email message of 12 October 2019 in which you requested
access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(FOI Act) to documents held by the
Australian Public Service Commission (the Commission).
2. The FOI Act is publicly available from www.legislation.gov.au.
Decision on your FOI request
3. I am an officer authorised under subsection 23(1) of the FOI Act to make decisions in
relation to FOI requests.
4. Subsection 24A(1) of the FOI Act provides that an agency may refuse a request for access
to a document if the agency is satisfied that all reasonable steps have been taken to find
the document and the agency is satisfied that the document does not exist.
5. I am satisfied that all reasonable steps have been taken to find any document within the
scope of your request. No such documents were found. I have therefore decided to
refuse your request for access under section 24A of the FOI Act.
6. If you require clarification of any of the matters in this letter you may contact the
Commission’s FOI co-ordinator by telephone on (02) 6202 3500 or by email at email@example.com.
B Block, Treasury Building
Parkes Place West PARKES ACT 2600
GPO Box 3176 CANBERRA ACT 2600
7. You are entitled to seek review of this decision. Your review rights are set out at
Authorised FOI decision maker
15 October 2019
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 will explain the decision to
Seeking review of a Freedom of Information decision
If you still believe a decision is incorrect, the Freedom of Information Act 1982
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
2. 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 will carry out the review. The Internal Review Officer will
consider all 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
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 fill 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 decision.
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:
1300 362 072