Our reference: 14/191256
20 October 2014
Mr Vito Guzzardi By email: [FOI #765 email]
Dear Mr Guzzardi
Freedom of Information Request 14-22
I refer to your request for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act
This is a decision made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(the FOI Act) in
relation to documents within the scope of that request.
Background to the Decision
You have sought access to all documents relating to:
any arrangements, including agreements and contracts made between ACC and Mr
Shane Charters regarding assistance and information given by Mr Charter to ACC
with respect to the ACC / ASADA investigation
Your request was received on 18 September 2014
Authority and Materials Considered
I am authorised under section 23 of the FOI Act to make a decision concerning the
information you have requested access to.
In reaching my decision I have taken into consideration:
the relevant provisions of the FOI Act;
relevant guidelines issued by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner;
relevant Tribunal and Federal Court decisions concerning the operation of the FOI
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Summary of Decision
I have refused your request for access to documents because the documents you have
sought access to cannot be found or do not exist.
Reasons for Decision
Under section 24A of the FOI Act an agency may refuse access to a document if all
reasonable steps have been taken to find the document and the agency is satisfied that
the document is in the agency’s possession but cannot be found or that the document
does not exist.
The ACC has taken comprehensive steps to locate the document, having regard to:
the subject matter of the documents
the current and past file management systems and the practice of destruction or
removal of documents
the records management systems in place
the individuals within the ACC who might have been able to assist with the location
of the documents, and
the age of the documents.
I have interrogated the ACC’s main electronic document retention system but no relevant
documents were revealed.
A number of staff from relevant line areas conducted searches of ACC information
holdings and no document fitting the terms of your request was located.
I consider that reasonable steps have been taken to locate the documents that are the
subject of your request. I am satisfied that the documents either cannot be found or do not
Your Review Rights
If you are dissatisfied with this decision you can apply for internal or Information
Commissioner review. You do not have to apply for internal review before seeking
Information Commissioner review.
You may seek internal review by making an application in writing to the ACC within 30
days of being notified of this decision. A written application for a review should be sent to
the FOI officer at [ACC request email], or by post to:
Australian Crime Commission
GPO Box 1936
Canberra ACT 2601
Information Commissioner Review
Alternatively, you may apply in writing for review by the Information Commissioner. In
making your application you need to provide:
-an address for notices to be sent (this can be an email address)
-a copy of this decision.
It would also help if you set out the reasons for review in your application. Requests for
review must be in writing and can be made via the website (www.oaic.gov.au), by email at
[email address], or by post at:
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
GPO Box 2999
Canberra ACT 2601
If you are objecting to a decision to refuse access to documents you must apply to the
Information Commissioner within 60 days of being given notice of the decision. You can
contact the Information Commissioner by phone on 1300 363 992.
Right to Complain
You may make a complaint to the Information Commissioner about action taken by the
ACC in relation to your application. The complaint needs to be in writing and identify the
agency against which the complaint is made.
The Information Commissioner may be contacted on 1300 363 992. There is no particular
form required to make a complaint, but the complaint should set out the grounds on which
you consider the action should be investigated.