1 May 2020
Mr R Hardiman
BY EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
In reply please quote:
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
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.
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 www.homeaffairs.gov.au
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
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.
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.
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
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: email@example.com
By mail to:
Freedom of Information Section
Department of Home Affairs
PO Box 25
BELCONNEN ACT 2617
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
Authorised Decision Maker
Department of Home Affairs
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