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Private and Confidential
29 November 2018
Mr Ben Fairless By email only: [FOI #4999 email]
Dear Mr Fairless
Freedom of information request
I refer to your email to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
(AHPRA) dated and received 14 November 2018 in which you sought access under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(FOI Act) to documents concerning
arrangements approved by the principal officer of AHPRA authorising officers of the
agency under section 23 of the FOI Act, to act as decision-makers on requests for
access to AHPRA under the FOI Act.
I am an authorised decision-maker under section 23 of the FOI Act. This letter sets
out my decision on your request for access.
Materials Relevant to Making of Decision
In reaching my decision I referred to the following:
• the terms of your request
• the documents relevant to the request
• the FOI Act
In applying the FOI Act, I have had regard to the provisions of that legislation as if
the amendments made by the Freedom of Information Amendment (Reform) Act
(Cth) had not taken effect.1
I have identified 6 documents relevant to your request which I have decided to
release to you in full. These documents are current Instruments of Authorisation
completed by AHPRA’s principal officer.
No charges have been imposed for the processing of this request.
See clause 18 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Regulation
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
GPO Box 9958 |
Melbourne Victoria 3001 |
You are entitled to seek review of this decision. Your rights to apply for review if you
are dissatisfied with my decision are under section 54 of the FOI Act, by writing to Mr
Murray Smith, State Manager – AHPRA Victoria, within 30 days of your receipt of
You also have the right to raise this decision with the Office of the National Health
Practitioner Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner. The National Law establishes
the National Health Practitioner Ombudsman (the Ombudsman) and applies the Ombudsman Act 1976
(the Ombudsman Act),
as amended by the Health Practitioner
Regulation National Law Regulation 2010
. The Ombudsman exists to undertake the
functions of the Commonwealth Ombudsman under the Ombudsman Act.
Complaints can be made directly to the Ombudsman if you have concerns with how
AHPRA has managed the administrative aspects of your FOI respect. A complaint to
the National Health Practitioner Ombudsman may be made orally or in writing and
should be directed to:
Office of the National Health Practitioner Ombudsman and Privacy
Level 22, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3001
1300 795 265
The authorisation documents have been enclosed with this letter.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Senior FOI Officer, National Information Release Unit