Our reference: RQ20/04348
Agency reference: 67671
Mr To Nguyen
Sent by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Extension of time under s 15AB
Dear Mr Nguyen
On 20 December 2020, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (the Department)
applied for further time to make a decision on your FOI request of 4 December 2020 under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(Cth) (the FOI Act).
This application was made on the basis that the processing period is insufficient to deal
adequately with your request, because it is complex.
The Department attempted to obtain an agreement under s 15AA of the FOI Act for an
extension of time from you. The Department did not receive a response from you.
As a delegate of the Information Commissioner, I am authorised to make decisions on
applications for extensions of time under s 15AB of the FOI Act.
I have decided to grant the Department an extension of time of 15 days under s 15AB(2) of
the FOI Act to 18 January 2021
. I am satisfied that the Department’s application for an
extension of time is justified, because the request is complex. My reasons and considerations
• on 4 December 2020, the Department received your request
• on 7 December 2020, a search minute was sent to the relevant line area, with a
response due to be provided to the FOI team by 16 December 2020
• on 10 December 2020, the Department acknowledged your request and requested a
15AA extension of time, however a response was not received, and
• additional time is required to allow the Department to meet its statutory timeframe
for the request and to provide you with a comprehensive and finalised decision,
taking into consideration the Christmas/new year shut down period.
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Freedom of Information
21 December 2020
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decision of the Information Commissioner if you think that a decision by the Information
Commissioner to grant an extension of time is not legally correct. You can make this
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Information Commissioner for further consideration if it finds the decision was wrong in law
or the Information Commissioner’s powers were not exercised properly.
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decision to you. You may wish to seek legal advice as the process can involve fees and costs.
Please contact the Federal Court registry in your state or territory for more information, or
visit the Federal Court website at http://www.fedcourt.gov.au/.
Further information about how applications to extend the timeframe to process an FOI
request are handled by the OAIC can be found published on our website:
For FOI applicants:
How to make an FOI request: Extensions of time
For agencies and ministers: Guidance and advice: Extension of time for processing
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