7 December 2018
Our reference: 2018/12759
Mr Ben Fairless
By email: email@example.com
Dear Mr Fairless,
Freedom of Information Request – Notice of Decision
I refer to your email dated 14 November 2018 making a request under the Freedom of Information
(1982) (FOI Act) for access to:
Under section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act, the principal officer or minister can
make arrangements to give their decision making powers to others.
I'm hoping you can provide me with a copy of the current arrangements if possible.
I am authorised under section 23 of the FOI Act to make decisions in relation to FOI requests.
Comcare holds one document (2 pages) that relates to your request:
• Instrument of Authorisation – Freedom of Information – No 7 of 2017
, dated 30 January 2017
I have decided to grant you full access to the document.
Rights of review
If you are not satisfied with this decision, you are entitled to seek review. Your review rights are set
out at Attachment A to this notice.
Should you require clarification of any matter discussed in this letter, please contact me by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by telephone 1300 366 979.
Phone: 1300 366 979
INFORMATION ON RIGHTS OF REVIEW
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 1982
Application for review of decision
The Freedom of Information Act 1982
(FOI Act) gives you the right to apply for a review of this
decision. Under sections 54 and 54L of the FOI Act, you can apply for a review of this decision by:
an internal review officer within Comcare; or
the Information Commissioner.
If you apply for internal review, it will be carried out by a different decision-maker who will make a
fresh decision on your application. An application for review must be:
made in writing;
made within 30 days of receiving this letter; and
sent to the postal or email address shown in this letter.
No particular form is required, but it is desirable to set out in the application the grounds upon
which you consider the decision should be reviewed.
If the internal review officer decides not to grant you access to all of the documents to which you
have requested access, you have the right to seek a review of that decision by the Information
Commissioner. You will be further notified of your rights of review at the time you are notified of the
internal review decision.
Please note that if you apply for an internal review and a decision is not made by an internal review
officer within 30 days of receiving the application, you have the right to seek review by the
Information Commissioner for a review of the original FOI decision on the basis of a 'deemed refusal'
decision, An application for Information Commissioner review in this situation must be made within
60 days of the date when the internal review decision should have been made (provided an
extension of time has not been granted or agreed).
Information Commissioner review
You must apply in writing within 60 days of the receipt of the decision letter and you can lodge your
application in one of the following ways:
GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001
If a person has sought an internal review and no result of that review is provided within 30 days,
then the applicant may apply to the Information Commissioner to review the matter.
An application form is available on the website at www.oaic.gov.au.
Your application should include
a copy of the notice of the decision that you are objecting to (if one was provided), and your contact
details. You should also set out why you are objecting to the decision. Complaints to the Information Commissioner or the Commonwealth Ombudsman
You may complain to either the Commonwealth Ombudsman or the Australian Information
Commissioner about action taken by Comcare in relation to your request. The Ombudsman will
consult with the Australian Information Commissioner before investigating a complaint about the
handling of an FOI request.
Your enquiries to the Ombudsman can be directed to:
1300 362 072 (local call charge)
Your enquiries to the Australian Information Commissioner can be directed to:
1300 363 992 (local call charge)
No particular form is required to make a complaint to the Ombudsman or the Australian Information
Commissioner. The request should be in writing and should set out the grounds on which it is
considered that the action taken in relation to the request should be investigated and identify
Comcare as the relevant agency.