This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Correspondence with Atlassian about COVIDSafe'.

26 October 2021 
Concerned citizen 
In reply please quote: 
FOI Request:  FA 21/09/01245 
File Number: 
Dear Concerned citizen,   
Freedom of Information (FOI) request - Access Decision 
On 24 September 2021, the Department of Home  Affairs (the Department) received a request 
for access to documents 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: 
Could you  please provide  any correspondence between the department and Atlassian 

about the COVIDSafe app? 

- any emails sent from the department to Atlassian or from Atlassian to the department 
containing any of the terms: COVIDSafe, Trace Together, Bluetooth, Contact Tracing, 
covidcare, coronavirus, 
- any emails in reply, 
- any attachments. 
On 19 October 2021 we received your instructions to revise the scope of the request as follows:  
Please provide any correspondence between the department and Atlassian about the 

COVIDSafe app between the 1st of March 2020 and the 31st of March 2020. 

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 documents or to amend or annotate records. 
6 Chan Street Belconnen ACT 2617 
PO Box 25 Belconnen ACT 2616 • Telephone: 02 6264 1111 • Fax: 02 6225 6970 • 


Relevant material  
In reaching my decision I referred to the following:  
•  the terms of your request 
•  the document relevant to the 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 

Document in scope of request 
The Department has identified 0 documents as falling within the scope of your request. 
The relevant area of the Department with responsibility for the matters in scope has advised 
that no specific documents  which  would  address the  matter  in  scope exists  for the 
timeframe provided.      
4.1  Section 24A – No  document exists  
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 your 
request and that no documents were in the possession of the Department on 24 September 
2021 when your FOI request was received.  
As such I am refusing access to the documents requested by you based on the application 
of section 24A of the FOI Act 

A copy of the FOI Act is available at 
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 
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: 
By mail to: 
Freedom of Information Section 
Department of Home Affairs 
PO Box 25 
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 

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. 

Contacting the FOI Section 
Should you wish to discuss this decision, please do not hesitate to contact the FOI Section 
Signed electronically 
Position number 60081621 
Authorised Decision Maker | Freedom of Information Section 
FOI and Records Management Branch 
Data Division Strategy and National Resilience Group 
Department of Home Affairs 
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