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Dear Ms Duncan,
Your Freedom of Information request – Charges
I refer to your request, received by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
) on 7 May 2021 for access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
the following documents:
‘any documentation from 2016 outlining planning by the Department of Agriculture
regarding export regulation changes applying to greyhounds. This may include external
communications with Greyhounds Australasia, and should include briefings on the issue
prepared for the Minister for Agriculture at the time, Barnaby Joyce. One specific
document I am seeking to access that is relevant to this topic is entitled "Issue Briefing B
Please note I do not consent to any documents being deemed irrelevant to this request
without my input’
Preliminary assessment of the Charge
In accordance with section 29 of the FOI Act, I have decided that you are liable to pay a charge
for the processing of your request. My preliminary assessment of that charge is $183.84
calculated as follows:
Search and retrieval time: 3 hours at $15.00 per hour
Decision-making time: $20.00 per hour
Examining pages, redacting and scheduling documents
Consultation with four third parties at 2 hours per party
Writing statement of reasons
Deduction of 5 hours decision-making time*
*The FOI Act provides that the first five hours of decision-making time are free of charge and this is reflected in the
I am advised that the department has in its possession two documents with 16 pages relevant to
If you would like the department to continue processing your request, you must notify the
department in writing within 30 days of receiving this notice that you:
+61 2 6272 3933
18 Marcus Clarke Street
GPO Box 858
+61 2 6272 5161
Canberra City ACT 2601
Canberra ACT 2601
ABN 34 190 894 983
• agree to pay the charge;
• wish to contend that the charge has been wrongly assessed or should be reduced or not
imposed or both; or
• withdraw your request.
If you do not provide a written response in accordance with one of the above options within 30
days of receiving this notification, your request will be taken to have been withdrawn under
section 29(2) of the FOI Act.
Alternatively, you may wish to revise the scope of your request. If you would like to discuss this,
please contact me for assistance.
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As the charge exceeds $100, you are required to pay a deposit of $45.96. You may, of course,
elect to pay the charge in full at this point.
Payment can be made by direct deposit to:
DAWE Departmental Account
London Circuit, Canberra
34 190 894 983
Please include the FOI reference number (LEX-22844) in the subject field, and send an email
with notification of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org
as soon it has been made.
If you are not able to pay by direct deposit, please contact the department for assistance. Option – seek reduction or non-imposition of the charge
You may contend that the charge has been wrongly assessed, or should be reduced or not
imposed. Section 29(5) of the FOI Act provides that, in deciding whether to reduce or not to
impose a charge, the decision-maker must take into account any relevant reasons, including
whether payment of the charge, or part of it, would cause you and/or your organisation financial
hardship, and whether the giving of access to the documents is in the general public interest or
in the interest of a substantial section of the public.
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imposed, please set out your reasons and the evidence in support of your reasons as clearly as
possible. If you believe that payment of the charge would cause you and/or your organisation
financial hardship, please provide sufficient details of your financial circumstances to enable the
decision-maker to make a well-informed decision in this regard. Option – withdraw your request
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Time limits for processing your request
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payment of a charge in respect of a request, the time limit for processing the request is
suspended from the date the notice is received until either:
(a) the day following payment of the charge (in full or the required deposit); or
(b) if applicable, the day following the notification to the applicant of a decision not to
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Address for correspondence
Please send all correspondence regarding your FOI request to me at the following address:
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
GPO Box 858
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2601
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Publication of information in the FOI disclosure log
Information released under the FOI Act may be published in a disclosure log on the department's
website. Section 11C of the FOI Act requires this publication, subject to certain exceptions,
including where publication of personal, business, professional or commercial information
would be unreasonable.
Third party consultation
The relevant documents contain personal information of one or more third parties and
information about the business affairs of an organisation or information about the business or
professional affairs of one or more third parties.
To inform the decision on release of documents, the FOI Act requires that the above third parties
are consulted, and provides a further time period for the consultation process. Subsection 15(6)
of the FOI Act extends the standard statutory 30-day time limit for processing requests by
another 30 calendar days. Accordingly, this will give the department 60 calendar days within
which to notify you of its decision on access to the documents.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plant and Live Animal Exports Branch
2 June 2021