FOI 219/18/19 STATEMENT OF REASONS UNDER THE FREEDOM OF
I refer to the application by Mr Josh Morrison under the Freedom of Information Act
(FOI Act), for access to:
COMD FORCOMD DIRECTIVE 114/14, FORCOMD Assistance Dogs and
any other document that could supersede this directive.
Personal email addresses, signatures, PMKeyS numbers and mobile
telephone numbers contained in documents that fall within the scope of the
FOI request and duplicates of documents are excluded from this request.
FOI decision maker
I am the authorised officer pursuant to section 23 of the FOI Act to make a decision
on this FOI request.
I identified two documents, totalling 113 pages, as matching the scope of this
I have decided to:
release 2 documents in full
remove irrelevant material as referred to in the scope of the request in accordance
with section 22(1)(b)(ii) of the FOI Act.
Material taken into account
In making my decision, I had regard to:
the terms of the request
the content of the identified documents in issue
relevant provisions in the FOI Act
the Guidelines published by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
under section 93A of the FOI Act (the Guidelines)
advice provided to Forces Command, Army Personnel Administration Centre, and
Directorate of Army Health.
Section 22 – Edited copies with exempt or irrelevant matter deleted
Subsection 22(1) of the FOI Act requires that where a decision maker denies access
to a document they must consider releasing the document with exempt matter deleted, where
possible. I have considered disclosing the documents for Item 2, pages 20 to 93 and 102 to
113 to you with deletions, but have decided against this course of action, as the document
would be meaningless and of little or no value once the exempt material is removed. The
documents have no personal information relating to the applicant.
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