Department Reference: FOI 2708
via email: email@example.com
NOTICE OF DECISION UNDER SECTION 24A
OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 1982
I refer to your request to the Department of Health (the department) seeking access
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(Cth) (the FOI Act) to documents related to
COVID-19. Your request is in the following terms:
1. Copies of documents which include the statistics used to produce this video
animation posted by the Prime Minister:
2. Specifically, the document(s) should include the number and percentage of first and
second doses in each age group and by sex.
3. If possible, I request the data to be provided in its original, machine-readable format
(for example, a spreadsheet).
I am authorised under subsection 23(1) of the FOI Act to make decisions in relation
to Freedom of Information requests. I am writing to notify you of my decision in
response to your request.
The FOI Act provides a mechanism for individuals to request access to documents
held by relevant entities. It is not a mechanism for asking questions or seeking
information that the entity does not hold in documents.
Appropriate steps have been taken to find documents you have requested including
consultation with relevant departmental officers and searches of departmental file
I am satisfied, on the basis of the consultation undertaken and the searches
conducted, that the department, including the Therapeutic Goods Administration
(TGA), does not hold any documents referred to in your request. Whilst the
Department of Health contains data covering vaccination statistics, the animation
was produced by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and they hold
the specific data used in this instance. As a consequence, relying on section 24A of
the FOI Act, I cannot provide access to the documents you requested.
I would like to inform you that the department does not have access to all
documents created by, received by, or stored by other government entities. You
might like to submit a request for access to documents held by a particular
Commonwealth, State or Territory agency if you would like access to documents
held by that entity.
I would advise that you submit a Freedom of Information request to the Department
of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
FOI review rights
If you are dissatisfied with my decision, you may apply for a review.
Under section 54 of the FOI Act, you may apply for internal review of this decision.
In accordance with section 54B of the FOI Act, an application for internal review
must be made in writing within 30 days after the day you are notified of this
decision (or such further period as the department allows). To assist in the internal
review process, please provide reasons you consider the review of my decision is
The internal review will be carried out by another officer of this department within
30 days of receipt of your application.
An application for an internal review should be addressed to:
Mail: FOI Unit (MDP 516)
Department of Health
GPO Box 9848
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Information Commissioner review
Alternatively, under section 54L of the FOI Act, you may apply to the Office of the
Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) for review of my decision by the
Information Commissioner (IC).
In accordance with subsection 54S(1) of the FOI Act, an IC review application in
relation to a decision covered by subsection 54L(2) (access refusal decisions) must be
made in writing within 60 days after the day you are notified of this decision (if you
do not request an internal review).
More information about IC review is available on the OAIC website at:
The OAIC can be contacted by:
Phone: 1300 363 992
If you are dissatisfied with action taken by the department, you may also make a
Complaint to the department
form for lodging a complaint directly to the department is available on the
Complaint to the IC
Information about making a complaint to the IC about action taken by the
department is available on the OAIC website:
Relevant provisions of the FOI Act
The FOI Act, including the provisions referred to in this letter, can be accessed from
the Federal Register of Legislation website:
If you require clarification of any of the matters discussed in this letter you should
contact the department’s Freedom of Information Unit on (02) 6289 1666 or at
Vaccines Operations Centre
15 September 2021