Dear Department of Defence,
I am requesting a 5 year summary of security clearances NV1 and above, that were revoked and a general outline for what the reasons they were.
1. I refer to your email below which unfortunately in its current form is not considered valid under section 15(2)(b) of the FOI Act [Requests for access] as you have not provided such specific information concerning the documents as is reasonably necessary to enable a responsible officer of the agency to identify them.
2. However, our office is required to assist you in revising the scope of your request to be for access to specific documents, should this be what you require. Accordingly, prior to the Department accepting your request I would seek clarification as to the documents you wish to obtain as there is some uncertainty as to the precise documents you seek. Note that I must be able to task the request out to the subject matter areas with certainly that the documents you seek can be identified to enable proper searches, hence the necessity for clarification. In particular, I would seek clarification whether you are seeking both deny and revokes and would you like the figure to include the number of deny/revokes at NV1 and above but granted at a lower level or only those cases where the final decision was a deny/revoke with no level of clearance granted.
3. Please note, that as the documents are likely to contain information other than you personal information you are likely to be charged a pro rata fee for the processing of your request.
4. I'd be grateful if you could clarify the above by 14 March 2014.
Assistant Director - Freedom of Information Information Management and Access Governance and Reform Division
Department of Defence | CP1-6-002|
PO Box 7910 | CANBERRA BC ACT 2610
email: [email address]
Thank you for your response.
This was an expected outcome.
Thanks again for your assistance.