Third party consultation under the
Freedom of Information Act 2016
I refer to your access application under the Freedom of Information Act 2016 (FOI Act),
dated 16 January 2020.
I am writing to tel you that we have identified information relevant to your application that
concerns the affairs of third parties. This information is expected to be of concern to the
third party because it relates to their personal or business affairs, or the affairs of a
government or government agency.
Under section 38 of the FOI Act, we are required to consult with the third parties before
making a decision on the release of this information.
For this reason, as provided for under section 40 of the FOI Act, the period for processing
your application has been extended by 15 working days in order to al ow us to consult with
the third parties.
A decision on your access application is now due on 20 March 2020.
The decision-maker wil take into account any comments we receive from the third parties.
However, the final decision on whether to grant you access to the information requested
rests with the decision-maker.
I would also like to discuss matters related to this FOI application with you more informally
than this exchange of letters. If you are agreeable, could you please provide me with a
phone number on which to contact you. Alternatively, if you would like to contact me
directly, please do so on 02 6205 0224.
Deputy Electoral Commissioner
19 February 2020
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