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FOI reference: FOI 4126 
Mr Oliver Smith  
Right to Know 
By Email:  
Dear Mr Smith 
Decision on your Freedom of Information Request 
I refer to your request of 6 December 2022, to the Department of Health and Aged Care 
(the department), seeking access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI 
Act) to: 
 information about the ending of the Cashless Debit Card program, in the 
following areas 
Ceduna and surrounding regions, South Australia East Kimberley region, Western 
Australia Goldfields region, Western Australia Bundaberg and Hervey Bay region, 
For the period May 22, 2022 to the present. 
I am seeking any reports or data, about: 
Changes in the incidence of alcohol related hospitalisations and/or matters 
requiring medical attention in areas where the cashless debit card was trialled.  
Changes in the incidence of alcohol consumption in areas where the cashless debit 
card was trialled. 
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 
 GPO Box 9848 Canberra ACT 2601 - 

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FOI decision 
The right to request access to a document in accordance with the FOI Act relates to 
documents in the possession of the department (section 4 (definition of ‘document of 
an agency’) refers).  
Section 24A of the FOI Act provides that: 
(1)  An agency or Minister may refuse a request for access to a document if:  
(a)  all reasonable steps have been taken to find the document, and  
(b)  the agency or Minister is satisfied that the document:  
is in the agency's or Minister's possession but cannot be found, or 
does not exist.  
The relevant business area within the department has conducted searches of the 
department’s information holdings, including HPE Content Manager (TRIM), and the 
Parliamentary Document Management System (PDMS). No documents matching the 
description in your request were identified as being in the possession of the 
Based on these searches, I am satisfied that all reasonable steps have been taken to find 
the documents and the documents do not exist in the possession of the department.  
I am refusing your request in accordance with section 24A of the FOI Act as the 
department does not hold the documents you have requested. 
Additional information 
The department has located publicly available information regarding the Cashless 
Debit Card program in the regions identified in the scope of your request, which can 
be found on the Department of Social Services’ website:
conditionality/cashless-debit-card-overview. We suggest you contact the Freedom of 
Information section at the Department of Social Services, who may be able to assist 
you further with your request. 
Legislative provisions 
The FOI Act, including the provisions referred to in my decision, are available on the 
Federal Register of Legislation website:   
Your review rights 
I have set out your review rights at ATTACHMENT A.  

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If you require clarification of any matters discussed in this letter, you can contact the 
FOI Section on (02) 6289 1666 or at   
Yours sincerely 
Belinda Roberts 
Assistant Secretary  
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Branch  
Population Health Division 
20  December 2022 

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If you are dissatisfied with my decision, you may apply for a review. 
Internal 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 
If you choose to seek an internal review, you will also have a right to apply for an 
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 an 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.  
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 
following ways: 
  online at
  via email to 
  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:
If you are dissatisfied with action taken by the department, you may also make a 
complaint directly to the department. 
Complaints to the department are covered by the department’s privacy policy. A form 
for lodging a complaint directly to the department is available on the department’s 
website here: