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1 May 2020 
Mr R Hardiman 
In reply please quote: 
FOI Request: 
FA 20/04/00960 
File Number: 
Dear Mr Hardiman, 
Freedom of Information (FOI) request - Access Decision 
On 21 April 2020, the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) received a request for access 
to documents 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 
FOI Act. 

Scope of request 
You have requested access to the following documents: 
Information on the legal protection offered to whistleblowers in Australia. 
On 22 April 2020 the Department issued you a notice under section 24AB of the FOI Act.  
On 23 April 2020 you responded to this notice and revised the scope of your request to: 
Any information you have to guide a whistleblower on the best avenues to take. 

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 documents or to amend or annotate records. 

Relevant material  
In reaching my decision I referred to the following:  
  the terms of your request 
  the documents 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) 
  advice from Departmental officers with responsibility for matters relating to the 
documents to which you sought access 
6 Chan Street Belconnen ACT 2617 
PO BOX 25 Belconnen ACT 2616  Telephone: 02 6264 1111  Fax: 02 6225 6970  


Documents in scope of request 
You have asked for access to information which guides a “whistleblower”. 
The Public Interest Disclosure (PID) Act 2013 offers protection to disclosers, also known 
as ‘whisleblowers’, from reprisals when making public interest disclosures as public 
officials. The Commonwealth Ombudsman’s Office is responsible for overseeing and 
reporting on the operation of the PID scheme. Information provided by the Commonwealth 
Ombudsman can be found here.  
I have understood your request to be for information provided by the Department to its staff 
on to how to make a disclosure under the PID Act. 
In accordance with section 17 of the FOI Act, the Department has used its computer system 
to produce two documents that contains information that falls within the scope of your 
request. The internal webpages produced in the documents existed in the possession of 
the Department on 21 April 2020 when your FOI request was received.  
5 Decision 
The decision in relation to the documents in the possession of the Department which fall 
within the scope of your request is to release two documents in full. 
6 Legislation 
A copy of the FOI Act is available at 
If you are unable to access the legislation through this website, please contact our office 
for a copy. 

Your Review Rights 
Internal Review 
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 
will 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:  
By mail to: 
Freedom of Information Section 
Department of Home Affairs 
PO Box 25 
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 
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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 

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) 
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 
Alison Smith 
Authorised Decision Maker 
Department of Home Affairs 
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