12 August 2021
Ms Melissa Jones
BY EMAIL: email@example.com
In reply please quote:
Dear Ms Jones
Freedom of Information (FOI) request - Access Decision
On 13 July 2021, the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) received a request for access
to document 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 document:
Please provide a dollar figure for the last 5 financial year’s general ledger for the
We are not asking for the details being the GL just the expenditure by line item for the
department for the 5 years.
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 document or to amend or annotate records.
In reaching my decision I referred to the following:
• the terms of your 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
document to which you sought access
6 Chan Street Belconnen ACT 2617
PO Box 25 Belconnen ACT 2616 • Telephone: 02 6264 1111 • Fax: 02 6225 690 • www.homeaffairs.gov.au
Document in scope of request
The Department has identified one document as falling within the scope of your request.
This document was in the possession of the Department on 13 July 2021 when your
request was received.
The decision in relation to the document in the possession of the Department which falls
within the scope of your request is as follows:
• Exempt one document from release
6 Reasons for Decision
6.1 Section 4(1) of the FOI Act – material maintained for reference purposes
Section 4(1) “document” part (d) of the FOI Act provides that a document for the purpose
of the FOI Act does not include material maintained for reference purposes that is otherwise
The document that provides financial information relating to the Department’s expenditure
over the last five years is available in the relevant Annual Reports. Annual Reports for the
Department, including the previous Department of Immigration and Border Protection, are
available at Annual Reports (www.homeaffairs.gov.au).
As the Department’s Annual Reports are publicly available on our website at
www.homeaffairs.gov.au I consider that you are not entitled to access to this document
under the FOI Act. I have therefore decided that the document you have requested will not
be considered in this FOI request.
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.
8 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
wil be carried out by an officer other than the original decision maker and the Department
must make a review decision within 30 days.
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Applications for review should be sent to:
By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
at https:/ www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-information/foi-review-process.
9 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.
10 Contacting the FOI Section
Should you wish to discuss this decision, please do not hesitate to contact the FOI Section
Position number 60097486
Authorised Decision Maker
Department of Home Affairs
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