9 March 2022
Alvaro Diaz Lema
BY EM AIL: email@example.com
In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA22/02/00598
File Number: OBJ2022/3452
Dear Alvaro Lema
I refer to your request dated 9 February 2022 in which you have sought access to
documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982
(the FOI Act).
You have requested access to:
The number of tourism visa application (subclass 600) that were granted and lodged
from the period between November 2021 til January 2022
This letter is to notify you that a preliminary assessment indicates that you are liable to pay a
charge for the processing of this request.
As provided under section 29 of the FOI Act and the Freedom of Information (Charges)
(the Regulations), my preliminary assessment of the amount you are liable
to pay is $30.00
Preliminary assessment of charges
Under section 17 of the FOI Act, the Department has used its computer system to produce 1
document that contains information relevant to the terms of you request.
I have assessed the work the Department would need to do to process your request, taking
into account time spent by the relevant area to conduct the search and retrieval of documents
and produce the document, and have calculated the following breakdown of charges.
Search and Retrieval –
2 hours @ $15 per hour
Decision Making –
1 hour (first 5 hours free of charge)
6 Chan Street Bel1connen A CT 2617
PO Box 25 Belconnen ACT 2616 • Telephone: 02 6264 1111 • w ww.homeaffairs.gov.au
Details of the Charge
It has taken 2 hours to search for, retrieve and produce the document, which falls within the
scope of your request. The 1 document consisting of 1 page will require a decision to be made
on access and it is estimated that this will take 1 hour.
As the charge exceeds $25.00, a deposit of $20
will be sought if the charge is imposed. Please
note that by paying the deposit you are deemed to have accepted the charge and will be liable
for the full amount once a decision has been made on the documents.
Timeframe for your response and next steps
The FOI Act provides you with 30 days to respond, in writing, to this notice, which is
Friday 8 April 2022
By this date you must
do one of the following:
• agree to pay the charge;
• contend that the charge has been wrongly assessed; or should be reduced or
not imposed; and explain your reasons; or
• you may withdraw your request.
Once you have paid, please advise the FOI Section at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately
to avoid delays in the processing of your request.
Please note that if you do not provide a written response within the 30 day timeframe
request will be taken to have been withdrawn (by you) under section 29(2) of the Act.
If you seek to contend the assessment of charges the Department may make a decision on
whether a charge should be reduced or not imposed and must
take into account:
• whether payment of the charge, or part of it, would cause you financial hardship
• whether giving access to the documents is in the general public interest or in
the interest of a substantial section of the public
This is not an exhaustive list and the Department may consider any other relevant matters.
Please set out your reasons and evidence in support of your reasons as clearly as possible.
If you believe that payment of the charge would cause you financial hardship, please provide
sufficient details of your financial circumstances to enable the decision maker to make a well
To indicate your agreement to pay the charge you are required to pay the $20 deposit
, or pay
the $30 charge
The Department has a number of payment options available, including an online payment
facility for credit/debit cards; automated telephone payment system and BPay. You may also
pay the charge by cheque or money order.
Electronic funds transfer/credit card payment
If you wish to pay the charges using a credit card, the online payment facility, telephone
payment system or BPay, please advise the FOI Section, and a tax invoice will be provided to
you which will include full details of how the payment can be made.
Payment by cheque/money order
If you wish to pay by cheque or money order, please make the cheque/money order payable
to ‘Collector of Public Monies Home Affairs
’; and send via post to:
Freedom of Information Section
Department of Home Affairs
PO Box 25 Belconnen ACT 2616
If the Department fails to make a decision on your request within the statutory time limit, the
payment will be refunded.
Processing period suspended
The period for processing your request is suspended from the day that you are deemed to
have been ‘notified’ of the charge and resumes on:
• the day you pay the charge in full or the required deposit; or
• the day on which this agency makes a decision not to impose a charge.
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
If you have any enquiries concerning this matter, please contact the FOI Section at
Position No: 60100052
Freedom of Information (FOI) Section
FOI and Records Management Branch
Strategy & Law Enforcement Group
Department of Home Affairs | www.homeaffairs.gov.au