Our reference: RQ22/01412
Agency reference: FOI 21/22-1054
Ms Shirley Humphris
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notification to: email@example.com
Extension of time under s 15AB
Dear Ms Humphris
On 19 April 2022, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) applied for further time to
make a decision on your FOI request of 18 February 2022 under the Freedom of Information
(Cth) (the FOI Act).
This application was made on the basis that the processing period is insufficient to deal
adequately with your FOI request, because it is complex.
previously obtained your agreement under s 15AA of the FOI Act for a 30-day
extension of time to 19 April 2022 (OAIC reference: RQ22/00904).
As a delegate of the Information Commissioner, I am authorised to make decisions on
applications for extensions of time under s 15AB of the FOI Act.
I have decided to grant the NDIA an extension of time under s 15AB(2) of the FOI Act to 3 May
. I am satisfied that the NDIA’s application for an extension of time is justified, because
the request is complex. My reasons and considerations fol ow:
• The NDIA has advised that:
o The NDIA is awaiting one consultation response, once received the NDIA
expects to finalise a decision.
o The request is considered to be complex as the NDIA have been required to
consult with multiple areas within the agency for information relevant to the
o Additional time is required to finalise and notify the decision.
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If the NDIA does not make a decision by 3 May 2022 you may wish to seek Information
Commissioner review of the NDIA’s deemed refusal of request here.
Further information on applying for IC review
is available on the OAIC website.
If you have any questions, please contact me on +61 2 9284 9815 or via email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. In al correspondence, please quote OAIC reference number
at the top of this letter.
Assistant Review and Investigation Advisor
FOI Regulatory Group
29 April 2022
If you disagree with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC) decision
you can apply to the Federal Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court for a review of a
decision of the Information Commissioner if you think that a decision by the Information
Commissioner to grant an extension of time is not legal y correct. You can make this
application under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
The Court will not review the merits of your case but it may refer the matter back to the
Information Commissioner for further consideration if it finds the decision was wrong in law
or the Information Commissioner’s powers were not exercised properly.
An application for review must be made to the Court within 28 days of the OAIC sending the
decision to you. You may wish to seek legal advice as the process can involve fees and costs.
Please contact the Federal Court registry in your state or territory for more information, or
visit the Federal Court website at http://www.fedcourt.gov.au/.
Further information about how applications to extend the timeframe to process an FOI
request are handled by the OAIC can be found published on our website:
For FOI applicants:
How to make an FOI request: Extensions of time
For agencies and ministers: Guidance and advice: Extension of time for processing
The OAIC has the power to investigate complaints about an agency’s actions under the
Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). This is a separate process from asking for an
Information Commissioner review fol owing a decision made under the FOI Act. Complaints
usual y focus on how an agency has handled your FOI request or complied with other
obligations under the FOI Act, rather than the decision itself.
In some cases, the Information Commissioner's investigation of a complaint may lead to the
agency addressing the issues that you have complained about. In other cases, the
Information Commissioner may make suggestions or recommendations that the agency
should implement. The Information Commissioner can only make non-binding
recommendations as a result of a complaint. You and the agency wil be notified of the
outcome of the investigation.
FOI complaints to the OAIC must be made in writing. Our preference is for you to use
the online FOI complaint form if
at al possible.
Further information about how to make a complaint can be found published on our website: