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Our reference: RQ14/00902

Your reference: FA14/03/00149

Mr Ashley Smith

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

FOI & Privacy Section

PO Box 25



Dear Mr Smith

Extension of time request under s 15AB

Thank you for your correspondence of 29 April 2014, in which you requested an extension of time for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the DIBP) to process Deep Thought’s request, received 29 April 2014, under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (the FOI Act).

You advised that the DIBP already extended the decision period, by a further period of 30 days, to allow for consultation in accordance with s 15(6) of the FOI Act.

You have sought an extension on the basis that the current processing period is insufficient to deal adequately with Deep Thought’s request, because it is complex.


As a delegate of the Information Commissioner, I am authorised to make decisions on requests for extensions of time under s 15AB of the FOI Act.

We have decided to grant the DIBP’s extension of time under s 15AB (2) of the FOI Act to close of business 26 May 2014. In coming to this decision we have considered factors including your advice that:

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<![if !supportLists]>·                <![endif]>Following receipt of consultation responses, these submissions must be reviewed and taken into account when preparing the FOI decision.

We are satisfied with the DIBP’s proposal to manage this request.

By granting an extension of time it is anticipated that the DIBP will provide a well-reasoned and better managed decision.

A copy of this decision will be provided to Deep Thought.


If you have any questions about this email, please contact me on (02) 6239 9121 or via email [email address]. In all correspondence please include reference number RQ14/00902.

Yours sincerely


Elizabeth Zatschler  | Investigations Officer

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

4 National Circuit, BARTON ACT 2600

GPO Box 2999 CANBERRA ACT 2601 |www.oaic.gov.au

Phone:  +61 2 6239 9121 

Fax: +61 2 6239 9187

Email: [email address]


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