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13 December 2019
Our reference: LEX 49179
Ms Julie Middleton
By email: [FOI #5907 email]
Dear Ms Middleton
Request - administrative access
I refer to your request received by the Department of Human Services (department
) on 15
November 2019 for access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
) to the
‘I am seeking copies of the Department's policies and procedures in relation to the
receipting, monitoring and report on compensation recoveries from 1992 to present.
Under the Social Security Act 1991 (Cth), if an individual has an accident, for which
he/she may be able to get compensation and they apply for Centrelink payments,
there is an obligation to pursue a compensation claim. Centrelink's MOD C form
includes on page 4:
24 I declare that:
•the information I have provided in this form is complete and correct.
I understand that:
•under Section 1166 of the Social Security Act 1991, if the Australian Government
Department of Human Services believe I have an entitlement to compensation I wil
be required to take reasonable action to obtain that compensation.’
On 21 November 2019, the department acknowledged your request and advised that the
documents you were seeking may be available and released to you through the
department’s administrative access arrangements (arrangements
). We did not receive any
response from you in relation to this matter.
The department has identified one document (total ing three pages) that relates to your
request. The relevant business area has considered your request and advised that the
document details policies and procedures relating to compensation recoveries which have
been substantively unchanged since 1992.
The department has determined that this document can be released under the
arrangements. Please find attached
a copy of the requested document. The information
contained in the document can also be accessed via our website
As the relevant document has been provided to you outside of the FOI Act, I have taken your
FOI request to be withdrawn and have closed your FOI request.
If you have any questions please email [email address].
Yours sincerely Elsa
Authorised FOI Decision Maker
Freedom of Information Team
Employment Law and FOI Branch | Legal Services Division
Department of Human Services