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FOI reference: FOI-3866
via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Mr Smith
Decision on your Freedom of Information Request
I refer to your request of 19 July 2022, to the Department of Health and Aged Care (the
department), seeking access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(Cth) (FOI Act)
(1) The total number of Officers that currently hold a substantive EL or SES role.
(2) The total number of those substantive EL1 and SES Officers that are:
c) from a culturally diverse background
d) first nations
I am authorised under subsection 23(1) of the FOI Act to make decisions in relation to
Freedom of Information requests. I am writing to notify you of my decision on your
You have requested access to data that is held in computer systems ordinarily available
to the department. Pursuant to section 17 of the FOI Act, the department has used its
computer systems to produce one written discrete document that contains the
information to which your FOI request relates.
I have decided to give access to the document in full.
A schedule setting out the document relevant to your request, with my decision in
relation to this document, is at ATTACHMENT A.
The FOI Act, including the provisions referred to in my decision, are available on the
Federal Register of Legislation website: www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C2004A02562
GPO Box 9848 Canberra ACT 2601 - www.health.gov.au
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Your review rights
I have set out your review rights at ATTACHMENT B.
Where I have decided to release documents to you, the department may also publish
the released material on its Disclosure Log. The department will not publish personal
or business affairs information where it would be unreasonable to do so.
For your reference the department’s Disclosure Log can be found at:
If you require clarification of any matters discussed in this letter you can contact the
FOI Unit on (02) 6289 1666 or at email@example.com.
A/g Assistant Secretary
People, Communication and Parliamentary Division
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SCHEDULE OF DOCUMENTS
Document Number of
Total EL and SES staff in the
Release in full
Department of Health and
Aged Care as at 30 June 2022
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YOUR REVIEW RIGHTS
If you are dissatisfied with my decision, you may apply for a review.
You can request internal review within 30 days of you receiving this decision. An
internal review will be conducted by a different officer from the original decision-
No particular form is required to apply for review although it will assist your case to
set out the grounds on which you believe that the original decision should be changed.
Applications for internal review can be made by:
FOI Unit (MDP 516)
Department of Health
GPO Box 9848
CANBERRA ACT 2601
If you choose to seek an internal review, you will also have a right to apply for
Information Commissioner review (IC review) of the internal review decision once it
has been provided to you.
Information Commissioner review or complaint
You also have the right to seek Information Commissioner (IC) review of this decision.
For FOI applicants, an application for IC review must be made in writing within
60 days of the decision. For third parties who object to disclosure of their information,
an application for IC review must be made in writing within 30 days of the decision.
If you are not satisfied with the way we have handled your FOI request, you can lodge
a complaint with the OAIC. However, the OAIC suggests that complaints are made
to the agency in the first instance.
While there is no particular form required to make a complaint to the OAIC, the
complaint should be in writing and set out the reasons for why you are dissatisfied
with the way your request was processed. It should also identify the Department of
Health and Aged Care as the agency about which you are complaining.
You can make an IC review application or make an FOI complaint in one of the
• online at www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-information/reviews-and-complaints/
• via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
• by mail to GPO Box 5218 Sydney NSW 2001, or
• by fax to 02 9284 9666.
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More information about the Information Commissioner reviews and complaints is
available on the OAIC website here: www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-information/foi-
If you are dissatisfied with action taken by the department, you may also make a
complaint directly to the department.
for lodging a complaint directly to the department is available on the department’s
website here: www.health.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/complaints