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Private and Confidential
8 November 2021
Ms Matilda Bawden
By email only: email@example.com
Dear Ms Bawden
Decision about your request for documents
I am writing about your request for documents1
which we received on 9 October 2021.
As an authorised decision maker,2
this letter sets out a summary of my decision and outlines:3
a summary of your request
a list of the materials used to reach the decision
the reasons for the decision, and
information about your review rights.
As you’ll know, we wrote to you on 20 October 2021 to provide you with information about the FOI process
and to acknowledge that we would consider your request for the following documents:
‘any & all Green Papers & White Papers provided to &/or accessed by AHPRA, including drafts, to
detail grounds for caution or call for the need for lockdowns &/or other State-wide restrictions on
individuals, businesses &/or corporations, due to alleged State of Emergency on grounds of
‘evidence of all scientific reports and studies used in any such Green and White papers’;
‘any and all other key scientific reports that seek to justify AHPRA's illegal and improper tortious
interference in the professional autonomy and business practices of Health Practitioners deemed
to be "anti-vaxxers" & acting against the best interests of Australians who will risk adverse events
or death against their informed consent.’
At the time, we explained that we are legally required to make a decision about your request within 30
In your case, this means that we are required to make a decision by 8 November 2021.
1 Made under under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
2 Under section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982
3 In accordance with section 26 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency | National Boards
GPO Box 9958 Melbourne VIC 3001 Ahpra.gov.au 1300 419 495
Ahpra and the National Boards regulate these registered health professions: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice, Chinese
medicine, chiropractic, dental, medical, medical radiation practice, midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathy,
paramedicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry and psychology.
link to page 2 How I made my decision
In reaching my decision I referred to:
the terms of your request
searches conducted in relation to the scope of your request
the nature of work ordinarily conducted by Ahpra
internal consultation with relevant business units
the FOI Act
the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as enforced in each state and territory (the National
FOI Guidelines issued by the Australian Information Commissioner
Under section 24A(1) of the FOI Act, an agency may refuse a request for access to a document if all
reasonable steps have been taken to find the document and the agency is satisfied that the document
does not exist or cannot be located.
In response to your request, Ahpra conducted a search of its information holdings and did not identify any
documents that fell within the scope of your request. Further, internal consultation with relevant business
units did not identify any documents within the scope of your request. As all reasonable searches have
been conducted by Ahpra and no document relevant to your request can be located, it is my decision to
refuse access under section 24A(1) of the FOI Act.
In processing your request for documents, I have considered that you may hold the misapprehension that
Ahpra is directly involved in the enforcement of lockdown and quarantine measures. However, this is not
the case. Ahpra is the national occupational regulator for the 16 health professions regulated under the
Health Practitioner Regulation National Law. Ahpra works in partnership with the 15 National Boards to
ensure that the community has access to a safe health workforce across all professions registered under
the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
As previously advised, I have searched Ahpra’s record holdings and am satisfied that no document within
the scope of your request can be located within our control or possession.
No charges have been imposed for processing your request.
Although my decision is that no documents exist within the scope of your request, you can ask for the
decision to be reviewed if you believe there are documents which I have not identified. It would assist us if
you could explain why you believe that particular documents do exist.
Review of this decision by Ahpra
You may apply to Ahpra for a review of this decision.4
Your application must be made by whichever date
is the later between:
30 days of you receiving this notice, or
15 days of you receiving the documents to which you have been granted access.
4 Under section 54 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982
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This review would not be conducted by me. To apply, it would help your case to explain why you believe
the original decision is not correct.
An application for a review of the decision should be addressed to:
Mr Robert Green
Senior Legal Adviser
GPO Box 9958
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
If you choose to seek a review and disagree with that decision, you would subsequently have a right to
apply to the National Health Practitioner Privacy Commissioner (the Commissioner) for a review of our
decision. However, if you wish, you may choose to instead apply directly for review of this decision to the
Commissioner, as I describe below.
Review by the Commissioner
You can apply to the Commissioner to review an FOI decision made by Ahpra.5
Your application must be
made within 60 days of receiving our decision.
The Commissioner is an independent office holder who may review decisions of Ahpra under the FOI Act.
You can contact them to seek review of this decision at the details listed below. An FOI review application
form is available on the National Health Practitioner Ombudsman (the Ombudsman) website: https://nhpo.gov.au/
Complaints about the way we’ve managed your matter
If you want to provide feedback or make a complaint about Ahpra or a National Board then you can
contact our Complaints and Feedback team. Information about how to do this can be found on our
If you’re unhappy with our response to your complaint, you can contact the Ombudsman. Their details are:
National Health Practitioner Ombudsman
GPO Box 2630
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
: 1300 795 265
5 Under section 54L of the Freedom of Information Act 1982
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If you have any questions about anything in this letter, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Freedom of Information Officer
National Information Release Unit
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