This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Number of people waiting for citizenship ceremonies in bayside council nsw as of 30 june 2021'.


 
 
 
6 September 2021 
Waqar 
BY EMAIL:  Waqar <xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx> 
In reply please quote: 
FOI Request:  FA 21/08/00360 
File Number: 
OBJ2021/24714   
Dear Waqar 
Freedom of Information (FOI) request - Access Decision 
On 8 August 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 
FOI Act. 

Scope of request 
You have requested access to the following document: 
The number of citizenship applicants who are waiting to complete the citizenship 
ceremony, residing in  Bayside Council, NSW. Please consider only applicants 
who were approved on or before 30/06/2021. 
How  often Australian citizenship ceremonies wil  be online for those waiting for a 
ceremony 

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. 

Relevant material  
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) 
 
6 Chan Street Belconnen ACT 2617 
PO Box 25 Belconnen ACT 2616 • Telephone: 02 6264 1111 • Fax: 02 6225 6970 • www.homeaffairs.gov.au 
 
 


 
•  advice from Departmental officers with  responsibility for matters relating to the 
document to which you sought access 

Document in scope of request 
The Department has undertaken reasonable searches in relation to the documents you 
have requested access to. 
In accordance with section 17 of the FOI Act, the Department has used its computer system 
to produce one document that contains information that falls within  the scope of your 
request. The data produced in the document existed in the possession of the Department 
on 8 August 2021 when your FOI request was received.  
Note the data regarding Part 1 of your request is provided as at 20 August 2021. 
The Department has not identified any documents relevant to Part 2 of your request for 
how often Australian citizenship ceremonies wil  be online for those waiting for a 
ceremony. 
Having regard to your request and the types of document that may fall within the scope of 
your request I  am satisfied that the searches conducted were extremely thorough and all 
reasonable steps have been taken to locate any document relevant to your request.  

Decision 
Section 24A of the FOI Act provides that the Department may refuse a request for access 
to a document if all reasonable steps have been taken to find the document and  the 
Department is satisfied that the document does not exist. 
I  am  satisfied that  the Department has  undertaken reasonable searches in  relation to      
Part 2 of your request and that no documents were in  the possession of the Department 
on 8 August 2021 when your FOI request was received. As such, I am refusing your request 
based on the application of section 24A of the FOI Act. 
The decision in  relation to the document in the possession of the Department which falls 
within the scope of your request is as follows: 
•  Release one document in full 

Legislation 
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. 

Your Review Rights 
Internal Review 
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 
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wil   be carried out by an officer other than the original decision maker and the Department 
must make a review decision within 30 days.   
Applications for review should be sent to: 
By email to: xxx.xxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx 
OR 
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.   

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) 
Email  xxxxxxxxx@xxxx.xxx.xx 
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. 

Contacting the FOI Section 
Should you wish to discuss this decision, please do not hesitate to contact the FOI Section 
at xxx@xxxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx.  
 
[signed electronically] 
 
Kel 
Position No 60100052  
Authorised Decision Maker 
Department of Home Affairs 
 
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