AHPCC Meeting - 17 Mar 2020

Mathew M. made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health

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From: Mathew M.

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Dear Department of Health,

I refer to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) coronavirus (COVID-19) statement on 17 March 2020:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/australia...

"The AHPPC met on Tuesday 17 March to consider the issue of school closures in relation to the community transmission of COVID‑19. The Committee’s advice is that pre-emptive closures are not proportionate or effective as a public health intervention to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 at this time."

I wish to request the following documents, under the Freedom of Information Act 1982:

1. The minutes of this meeting
2. Any documentation relied upon, or otherwise referenced in this meeting, to support the Committee's position with respect to the efficacy of pre-emptively closing schools.

An agency or minister may impose a charge for providing access to a document under s 29 of the FOI Act. I request that the Department waive any charges applicable to this request, on the basis that the release of these documents would be in the public interest (s 29(5)(b)). The Committee's advice directly impacts the health of almost 25 million Australians, and the release of these documents is therefore in the interest of the entire Australian population.

Yours faithfully,

Mathew M.

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Dear Mathew M,

I am writing to notify you that the Department of Health (department) has
received your request for access to documents under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) as follows:

‘1. The minutes of this meeting

2. Any documentation relied upon, or otherwise referenced in this meeting,
to support the Committee's position with respect to the efficacy of
pre-emptively closing schools.’

 

Request for extension of time

 

The department is actively processing your request and is aiming to
finalise it as quickly as possible. However, the department is currently
experiencing an increased workload to manage and respond to the
coronavirus pandemic, with a large amount of resources being diverted to
do so. The content of your request means that any documents that exist
would sit with the line area who has responsibility for the department’s
continued response to the coronavirus.

 

On this basis, the department is seeking an extension of 30 calendar days,
with a decision to be provided to you no later than COB Wednesday, 22
April 2020.

 

Next Steps

 

Could you please advise the department by COB Thursday, 26 March 2020 if
you agree to the request for extension of time?

 

 

Kind regards

FOI Team

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Legal & Assurance Division |  Corporate Operations Group

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Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666  | E: [2][email address

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of
Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to all Elders past and present. 

 

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From: Mathew M.

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Hi FOI team,

I agree to your request for an extension of time until 22 April 2020.

Thank you for your assistance, and stay safe!

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Dear Mathew,

 

Sorry for the confusion. The department is seeking an extension until 22
May 2020. Could you please confirm if you agree to this extension.

 

Kind regards

 

 

FOI Team

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Legal & Assurance Division |  Corporate Operations Group

Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666  | E: [2][email address

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of
Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to all Elders past and present. 

 

If you receive this email in error, please delete it and contact the
sender immediately.

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From: Mathew M.

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Not a problem! 22 May 2020 is fine.

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