This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Documents relating to the "Director, Integrity" role that Kate McMullan held in the APSC'.


 
Marcus 
By email: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx  
 
 
 
Our reference: <SHC22-28945><LEX192> 
Dear Marcus 
Freedom of Information request 
1.  I am writing about your 16 June 2022 internal review request made under the Freedom of 
Information  Act  1982  (FOI  Act),  of  a  decision  issued  by  the  Australian  Public  Service 
Commission (Commission). 
2.  The FOI Act and all other Commonwealth legislation referred to in this letter are publicly 
available from www.legislation.gov.au 
Background  
3.  On 17 May 2022 you requested access to the following documents under the FOI Act: 
a)  the  vacancy  notification  published  in  the  Public  Service  Gazette  for  the  "Director, 
Integrity" role that Kate McMullan applied for and was recruited to fill; 

b)  the  classification  notification  for  the  "Director,  Integrity"  role  that  Kate  McMullan 
applied for and was recruited to fill; 

c)  any  and  all  promotion  notices  published  in  the  Public  Service  Gazette  identifying  Ms 
McMullan's promotion to the "Director, Integrity" role that Kate McMullan applied for and 
was recruited to fill; 

d) the position description for the "Director, Integrity" role that Kate McMullan applied for 
and was recruited to fill; 

e)  the  delegation  provided  to  Ms  McMullan  or  to  the  person  holding  the  "Director, 
Integrity" role to conduct investigations under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (this 
delegation would have to have been made before she conducted her investigation);  

B Block, Treasury Building  
Parkes Place West PARKES  ACT  2600 
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f) any documents setting out the criteria that the Australian Public Service Commissioner 
considers  in  determining  if  a  person  is  suitable  to  hold  a  delegation  to  conduct 
investigations under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013
.” 
4.  On 16 June 2022, the Commission sent you an email containing a decision notice from Ms 
Giorgina Strangio, Authorised FOI decision maker responding to your request. Ms Strangio 
located five documents falling within scope of your request, and granted you full access to 
those documents.  
Decision on your request for internal review 
5.  I  am  authorised  under  subsection  23(1)  of  the  FOI  Act  to  make  FOI  internal  review 
decisions. 
6.  My role is to make a new decision on your request for internal review independently and 
impartially from the original decision maker. I was not involved or consulted in the making 
of Ms Strangio’s decision. Internal review is a merit review process and I may exercise all 
the powers available to the original decision maker.  
7.  After considering your request, I have decided to vary Ms Strangio’s decision to grant you 
full access to two additional documents.  
Reasons for decision 
8.  In making my decision on your internal review, I have had regard to: 
a)  the terms of your request; 
b)  relevant provisions of the FOI Act; and  
c)  The FOI guidelines on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner 
(OAIC) website.  
9.  I am satisfied that your request was valid under subsection 15(2) of the FOI Act and the 
scope of your request was sufficiently defined so that the Commission could locate the 
documents that you were seeking access to. 
10. I have considered the terms of your internal review request in which you submit Ms 
Strangio did not address Parts B and F of your original request.  
Part B – the classification notification for the "Director, Integrity" role that Kate McMullan 
applied for and was recruited to fill
  
11. The right of access under the FOI Act is to existing documents. I am satisfied that all 
reasonable steps have been taken to find any documents relevant to Part B of your request.  
12. While I have not been able to locate a ‘classification notification’ as a standalone 
document, the position classification, being Executive Level 2, is provided in the 
documents Ms Strangio granted you access to.  
 


 
Part F – any documents setting out the criteria that the Australian Public Service 
Commissioner considers in determining if a person is suitable to hold a delegation to conduct 
investigations under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013
” 
13. Further searches have located one document within scope of Part F. I have decided to 
grant you full access to the document.  
Part D – Position description  
14. While you have not sought review about Part D of your original request, further searches 
have located an additional document I consider falls within the scope of Part D of your 
request. I have decided to grant you full access to that document.  
15. On this basis, I vary the original decision.  
Contacts 
16. If  you require clarification on matters in this letter please contact the Commission’s FOI 
Officer by email at xxx@xxxx.xxx.xx 
Review rights 
17. You  are  entitled  to  seek  review  of  this  decision.    Your  review  rights  are  set  out  at 
Attachment A
 
Yours sincerely 
 
 
 
Sita Jackson 
Authorised FOI decision maker 
18 July 2022
 

ATTACHMENT A 
Rights of Review 
Asking for a full explanation of a Freedom of Information decision 
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Freedom of Information (FOI) decision, you may contact us to discuss your request and we 
will explain the decision to you. 
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If you do not agree with the original FOI decision or the internal review decision, you can ask 
the Australian Information Commissioner to review the decision.  You have 60 days to apply 
in writing for a review by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (the OAIC) 
from the date you received this letter or any subsequent internal review decision. 
You can lodge your application
Online: 
www.oaic.gov.au   
Post:    
Australian Information Commissioner 
 
 
GPO Box 5218 
SYDNEY NSW 2001  
Email:  
xxxxxxxxx@xxxx.xxx.xx 
The OAIC encourage applicants to apply online.  Where possible, to assist the OAIC you 
should include your contact information, a copy of the related FOI decision and provide 
details of your reasons for objecting to the decision. 
Complaints to the Information Commissioner and Commonwealth Ombudsman  
Information Commissioner 
You may complain to the Information Commissioner concerning action taken by an agency 
in the exercise of powers or the performance of functions under the FOI Act. There is no fee 
for making a complaint. A complaint to the Information Commissioner must be made in 
writing. The Information Commissioner's contact details are: 
Telephone: 
1300 363 992 
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Commonwealth Ombudsman 
You may complain to the Ombudsman concerning action taken by an agency in the exercise 
of powers or the performance of functions under the FOI Act. There is no fee for making a 
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Phone:  
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