13 July 2022
BY EMAIL: email@example.com
In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 22/06/00932
File Number: OBJ2022/16417
I refer to your request dated 16 June 2022 in which you have sought access to documents
held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information
(the FOI Act).
You have requested access to:
I would like to know the number of approved citizenship applicants (by conferral) waiting for
test appointments as of 16 June 2022 and the number of citizenship tests from 27 Nov 2021
to 16 June 2022 at the fol owing centres:
Citizenship test centre – Sydney
Citizenship test centre - Parramatta
I would like to know the above figures split by council of applicant's residence - for example,
number of residents of North Sydney council who gave a test at Parramatta centre from 27
Nov 2021 to 16 June 2022; number of residents of North Sydney council who gave a test at
Sydney centre from 27 Nov 2021 to 16 June 2022.
I am especially interested in the figures for the following councils:
Blacktown City Council
Burwood Municipal Council
Canada Bay Council
City of Parramatta Council
City of Ryde Council
City of Sydney
Hornsby Shire Council
Hunter's Hill Council
Inner West Council
Ku-Ring-Gai Municipal Council
Lane Cove Municipal Council
North Sydney Council
Northern Beaches Council
Randwick City Council
Sutherland Shire Council
The Hil s Shire Council
6 Chan Street B 1
el connen ACT 2617
PO Box 25 Belconnen ACT 2616 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • www.homeaffairs.gov.au
Wil oughby City Council
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 $40.00
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 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 40 minutes $15 per hour
Decision Making –
1 hour (first 5 hours free of charge)
Details of the Charge
It has taken 2 Hours 40 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 1 hour. The one document
wil require a decision to be made on access, and it is estimated that this wil take 1 hour
(noting that the first 5 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, 11 August 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 foi@homeaf airs.gov.au
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 wil 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 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.
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 wil be provided to
you which wil 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 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 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 Number: 60100057
Authorised Decision Maker
Department of Home Affairs