24 July 2019
M/- Afolabi Olamide
BY EMAIL: [FOI #5471 email]
In reply please quote:
Dear M/- Olamide
Freedom of Information (FOI) request - Access Decision
On 11 June 2019, the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) received a request for
access to document under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(the FOI Act).
The purpose of this letter is to provide you with a decision on your request for access under the
Scope of request
You have requested access to the following document:
Number of partner visa applications lodged in the Australian Visa processing
centre in Pretoria in 2018 and to date (11 June 2019) by Nigerian nationality
Number of partner visa applications that were successful in 2018 to date
(11 June 2019).
Number of decision makers in the visa processing centre in Pretoria which
decides partner visa applications.
What is the actual average waiting time for processing partner visa
applications in 2018 in the visa processing centre in Pretoria.
On 13 June 2019 you clarified that the date range was 1 January 2018 to 11 June 2019 for
matters 1, 2 and 3.
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Authority to make decision
I am an officer authorised under section 23 of the FOI Act to make decisions in respect of
requests to access document or to amend or annotate records.
In reaching my decision I referred to the following:
• the terms of your request
• the document relevant to the request
• the FOI Act
• Guidelines published by the Office of the Information Commissioner under section 93A
of the FOI Act (the FOI Guidelines)
Document in scope of request
The Department has identified one document as falling within the scope of your request.
This document was in the possession of the Department on 11 June 2019 when your
request was received.
The decision in relation to the document in the possession of the Department which falls
within the scope of your request is as follows:
• Release one document in full
A copy of the FOI Act is available at https:/ www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C2004A02562.
If you are unable to access the legislation through this website, please contact our office
for a copy.
Your Review Rights
If you disagree with this decision, you have the right to apply for an internal review by the
Department of this decision. Any request for internal review must be provided to the
Department within 30 days of you being notified of the decision. Where possible please
attach reasons why you believe a review of the decision is necessary. The internal review
wil be carried out by an officer other than the original decision maker and the Department
must make a review decision within 30 days.
Applications for review should be sent to:
By email to: [email address]
By mail to:
Freedom of Information Section
Department of Home Affairs
PO Box 25
BELCONNEN ACT 2617
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Review by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
You may apply directly to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) for
a review of this decision. You must apply in writing within 60 days of this notice. For further
information about review rights and how to submit a request for a review to the OAIC,
please see Fact Sheet 12 "Freedom of information – Your review rights", available online
at https:/ www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-information/foi-review-process.
Making a Complaint
You may complain to the Australian Information Commissioner about action taken by the
Department in relation to your request.
Your enquiries to the Australian Information Commissioner can be directed to:
Phone 1300 363 992 (local call charge)
Email [email address]
There is no particular form required to make a complaint to 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 the Department of Home Affairs as the relevant agency.
Contacting the FOI Section
Should you wish to discuss this decision, please do not hesitate to contact the FOI Section
at [DIBP request email].
Position no. 60008303
Authorised Decision Maker
Department of Home Affairs
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