This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Number of approved citizenship in the month October 2021 and how many of those have been invited for citizenship ceremony'.

28 June 2022 
By email: 
In reply please quote: 
FOI Request:  FA 22/06/00212 
File Number: 
Dear Jane 
I refer to your request dated 2 June 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: 
1. how  many applicants were approved for citizenship in the Brisbane City Council 
region in October 2021 
2. how many of those approved applicants (those whose applications were approved 
in Oct 2021) have been sent an invitation to attend the citizenship ceremony 
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) 
Regulations 1982 (the Regulations), my preliminary assessment of the amount you are liable 
to pay is $50.00.  
Preliminary assessment of charges 
Under section 17 of the FOI Act, the Department has used its computer system to produce 
one document that contains information relevant to the terms of your 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 – 3 hours 10 minutes @ $15 per hour 
$ 50.00 
Decision Making – 1 hour (first 5 hours free of charge) 
$   0.00 
$ 50.00 
Deposit payable 
$ 20.00 
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Details of the Charge 
It  has taken 3 hours 10 minutes to search for, retrieve and produce the document which falls 
within  the scope of your request. The one document consisting of one page wil   require a 
decision to be made on access and it is estimated that this wil   take one hour (noting that the 
first five hours are free of charge). 
As the charge exceeds $25.00, a deposit of $20 wil  be sought if the charge is imposed.  Please 
note that by paying the deposit you are deemed to have accepted the charge and wil  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 
Thursday, 28 July 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 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 your 
request wil  be taken to have been withdrawn (by you) under section 29(2) of the Act.  
Contesting Charges 
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 
informed decision. 
To indicate your agreement to pay the charge you are required to pay the deposit, or pay the 
charge in full. 
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. 
Please see the attached invoice for information and guidance regarding payment methods. 

If  the Department fails to make a decision on your request within the statutory time limit,  the 
payment wil  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  
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 
Yours sincerely 
[signed electronically] 
Position number - 60025562 
FOI Officer | Freedom of Information Section 
FOI and Records Management Branch 
Data Division | Strategy and Law Enforcement Group 
Department of Home Affairs