Our reference: RQ19/01295
Agency reference: 1109-1819
Ms Alissa Pattrick
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Extension of time under s 15AB
Dear Ms Pattrick
On 2 May 2019, the Department of Health (the Department) applied for further time to make
a decision on your FOI request of 6 April 2019 under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(the FOI Act).
This application is on the basis that the processing period is insufficient to deal adequately
with your request, because it is voluminous.
The Department attempted to obtain an agreement under s 15AA of the FOI Act for an
extension of time from you. The Department advised that it did not receive a response from
As a delegate of the Information Commissioner, I am authorised to make decisions on
applications for extensions of time under s 15AB of the FOI Act.
I have decided to grant the Department an extension of time of 15 days under s 15AB(2) of
the FOI Act to 21 May 2019
. I am satisfied that the Department’s application for an extension
of time is justified, because the request is voluminous. My reasons follow:
the Department has identified over 7409 documents to fall within the scope of the
request, totalling approximately 405,000 pages
the Department estimates the time to process the request would exceed 2418 hours
on 1 May 2019, the Department attempted to contact you in relation to the scope of
the request but has not received a response.
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Freedom of Information Dispute Resolution
15 May 2019
If you disagree with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC) decision
you can apply to the Federal Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court for a review of a
decision of the Information Commissioner if you think that a decision by the Information
Commissioner to grant an extension of time is not legally correct. You can make this
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Please contact the Federal Court registry in your state or territory for more information, or
visit the Federal Court website at http://www.fedcourt.gov.au/.
Further information about how applications to extend the timeframe to process an FOI
request are handled by the OAIC can be found published on our website:
FOI fact sheet 16: Freedom of information — Extensions of time
FOI agency resource 13: Extension of time for processing requests
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