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FOI 21-6 
14 September 2020 
 
Phillip Sweeney  
Right to Know  
 
By email: [FOI #6554 email] 
 
Dear Mr Sweeney,  
 
NOTICE OF DECISION MADE UNDER SECTION 23 OF THE FREEDOM OF 
INFORMATION ACT 1982
 (CTH) (FOI ACT) WITH REASONS FOR DECISION PROVIDED 
UNDER SECTION 26 

Applicant: 
 
Phillip Sweeney  
Decision-maker: 
Ann Quinlan, an authorised officer of the Australian 
Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) for the purposes of 
section 23(1) of the FOI Act. 
FOI request:  
“Sometime after 7 February 2008 {but before 31 March 2009} 
I contacted APRA on the advice of Phil McGrath and advised 
APRA on my difficulties on gaining access to the original Trust 
Deed and valid amending Deeds.  
APRA then advised me that the appropriate agency to deal 
with a complain about access to the deeds of a regulated 
superannuation fund was ASIC… 
The document I seek is a copy of the letter from APRA 
advising me to contact ASIC with respect to my concerns 
about gaining access to the deeds of the superannuation 
scheme then known as the Foster’s Group Superannuation 
Fund.” 
(FOI request). 
My decision: 
Refuse access to the document specified in the Applicant’s 
request under section 24A of the FOI Act. 
 
MATERIAL FACTS 
1. 
On 31 July 2020, you made the FOI request by email under the FOI Act.  
2. 
On 3 August 2020, APRA acknowledged receipt of the FOI request by email.  


 
 
 
 
3. 
On 26 August 2020, APRA extended the decision date until 14 September 2020 by email 
under the FOI Act.   
 
EVIDENCE AND MATERIAL  

4. 
In making my decision, I have relied on the following evidence and material: 
a) 
the Applicant’s request received by APRA on 31 July 2020; 
b) 
acknowledgment email from FOI Officer to the Applicant dated 3 August 2020; 
c) 
email correspondence between APRA staff between 10 August – 1 September 
2020;  
d) 
relevant sections of the FOI Act; and 
e) 
guidelines issued by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to date 
(FOI Guidelines). 
 
REASONS
    
5. 
APRA has conducted all reasonable searches of its records in order to identify all 
documents relevant to your FOI request.  
6. 
I have decided to refuse access to all documents. My reason for the refusal is as follows: 
Documents cannot be found, do not exist or have not been received 
7.  On 7 September 2020, APRA advised that extensive searches had been completed and 
documents relevant to the matter raised in the request had been identified but referred to 
an agency other than ASIC. As no response was provided to APRA’s consultation for 
further clarification on the agency that APRA referred you to between 7 February 2008 
and 31 March 2009, the documents were considered irrelevant to the request. 
  
8.  Based on the information before me, APRA has taken all reasonable steps to locate the 
documents relevant to the request and I am satisfied that the documents do not exist. 
Accordingly, I refuse access under section 24A of the FOI Act. 
 
RIGHTS OF REVIEW
 
Application for Internal Review of Decision  
9. 
Under section 54 of the FOI Act, you have the right to apply for an internal review of the 
decision if you disagree with my decision. If you make an application for review, another 
officer of APRA will be appointed to conduct the review and make a fresh decision on 
the merits of the case. 
10.  Under section 54B of the FOI Act, you must apply in writing for a review of the decision 
within 30 days after the day the decision has been notified to you.   
11.  You do not have to pay any other fees or processing charges for an internal review, 
except fees and charges applicable for providing access to further material, if any, in the 
 
 
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document released as a result of the review (for example, photocopying, inspection, 
etc). 
12.  No particular form is required to apply for review, although it is desirable (but not 
essential) to set out in the application, the grounds on which you consider that the 
decision should be reviewed. 
13.  Application for an internal review of the decision should be addressed to: 
 
FOI Officer 
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority  
GPO Box 9836, Sydney NSW 2001 
Telephone: 
(02) 9210 3000 
Facsimile: 
(02) 9210 3411 
14.  If you make an application for internal review and we do not make a decision within 30 
days of receiving the application, the agency is deemed to have affirmed the original 
decision. However, under section 54D of the FOI Act, APRA may apply, in writing to the 
Information Commissioner for further time to consider the internal review. 
Application for review by Information Commissioner 
15.  Under section 54L of the FOI Act, you have the right to apply to the Information 
Commissioner for a review of the original decision or a review of a decision made on 
review. 
16.  Any application must be in writing and must give details of an address where notices 
may be sent and include a copy of the original decision or the decision made on internal 
review. 
17.  An application for review by the Information Commissioner may be lodged in the 
following ways:  
Online 
Complete and lodge the online review form at:  
https://www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-information/reviews-
and-complaints/information-commissioner-review/ 
Post 
Director of FOI Dispute Resolution 
GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001 
Email 
[email address] 
Facsimile 
(02) 9284 9666 
Delivered in person 
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner 
Level 3, 175 Pitt Street 
Sydney NSW 2000 
 
 
 
 
 
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Application for review by Administrative Appeals Tribunal 
18.  If the decision on review by the Information Commissioner is not to grant access to all 
of the documents within your request, you would be entitled to seek review of the 
Information Commissioner’s decision by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).    
19.  The AAT is an independent review body with the power to make a fresh decision. An 
application to the AAT for a review of an FOI decision does not attract a fee. The AAT 
cannot award costs either in your favour or against you, although it may in some 
circumstances recommend payment by the Attorney-General of some or all of your 
costs. Further information is available from the AAT on 1300 366 700. 
Complaints to the Information Commissioner 
20.  You may complain to the Information Commissioner concerning action taken by APRA 
in the exercise of powers or the performance of functions under the FOI Act. There is no 
fee for making a complaint. The Information Commissioner will conduct an independent 
investigation of your complaint. 
21.  You may complain to the Information Commissioner either orally or in writing, by any of 
the methods outlined above, or by telephone, on 1300 363 992. 
 
Ann Quinlan  
FOI Officer 
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority  
Date: 14 September 2020 
 
 
 
 
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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 1982 
24A  Requests may be refused if documents cannot be found, do not exist or have not 
been received 
Document lost or non-existent 
 
(1)  An agency or Minister may refuse a request for access to a document if: 
 
(a)  all reasonable steps have been taken to find the document; and 
 
(b)  the agency or Minister is satisfied that the document: 
 
(i)  is in the agency’s or Minister’s possession but cannot be found; or 
 
(ii)  does not exist. 
Document not received as required by contract 
 
(2)  An agency may refuse a request for access to a document if: 
 
(a)  in order to comply with section 6C, the agency has taken contractual 
measures to ensure that it receives the document; and 
 
(b)  the agency has not received the document; and 
 
(c)  the agency has taken all reasonable steps to receive the document in 
accordance with those contractual measures. 
 
 
 
 
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