Analysis of Applicant Success Rates under the Recruitability Scheme within Department of Defence.

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Dear Department of Defence,

I am writing to request information regarding the number of people with disabilities who have applied for APS positions through the Recruitability Scheme, as well as their success rates in securing employment within Department of Defence.

The information requested would greatly assist in understanding the effectiveness of current diversity initiatives taken by the Federal Government. Kindly refer to the legislative framework governing the Recruitability Scheme, specifically under section 28 of the Australian Public Service Commissioner's Directions 2016, which has been amended and in force since 25 July 2019.

Please include details such as the total number of applicants with disabilities, the number of successful applicants offered positions, and any relevant demographic breakdowns or trends observed within Department of Defence. Additionally, if there are any existing reports or publications on this topic, I would be grateful to receive them alongside the requested data.

I understand that compiling this information may require time and resources, but I believe it would greatly contribute to our collective efforts in promoting inclusivity and equal opportunities within the Department. Any assistance you can provide in fulfilling this request would be sincerely appreciated.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to your prompt response.

Warm regards,

Yours faithfully,

Ghyas Alam

FOI Case Management, Department of Defence

OFFICIAL

Dear Ghyas

 

Acknowledgement

I refer to your correspondence of 3 May 2024 seeking access to documents
held by the Department of Defence (Defence), under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). This email is to advise you that your
request has been received and allocated for Case Management.

 

The scope of your request is:

 

I am writing to request information regarding the number of people with
disabilities who have applied for APS positions through the Recruitability
Scheme, as well as their success rates in securing employment within
Department of Defence.

 

Please include details such as the total number of applicants with
disabilities, the number of successful applicants offered positions, and
any relevant demographic breakdowns or trends observed within Department
of Defence.  Additionally, if there are any existing reports or
publications on this topic, I would be grateful to receive them alongside
the requested data.

 

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request, this information will be redacted; this includes private email
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numbers, unless you specifically request such details. Defence excludes
duplicates of documents and any documents sent to or from you.
Furthermore, Defence only considers final versions of documents.

 

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the documents in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Charges)
Regulations 2019. We will notify you if your request attracts a charge.
Please note that there is no charge for documents that contain the
personal information of the applicant.

 

Timeframe

The statutory timeframe to provide you with a decision on your request
ends on 31 May 2024. This period may be extended if we need to consult
with third parties, or for other reasons. We will advise you if this
happens.

 

Please note that where the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or public
holiday, the timeframe will expire on the next working day. This is in
accordance with the FOI Guidelines issued by the Office of the Australian
Information Commissioner under section 93A of the FOI Act.

 

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if you would prefer us to use an alternative means of contact.

 

I am the Case Manager for this request. Should you have any questions
relating to your request, please do not hesitate to contact me via email:
[1][email address].

 

Kind regards

 

Erin
Freedom of Infomation
Media and Information Disclosure Branch

Ministerial & Executive Coordination and Communication Division

Department of Defence

 

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FOI Case Management, Department of Defence

OFFICIAL

Dear Ghyas

 

I refer to your correspondence of 3 May 2024 seeking access to documents
relating to the RecruitAbility Scheme.

 

Clarification of scope

Defence has conducted searches relating to the scope of your request, and
are seeking your agreement to revise your request to be for material
relating to the previous Financial year (22/23) and the current Financial
year (23/24) only. If you are happy with this date range, please respond
to this email with your agreement.

 

Request for extension

Further, due to the processing demands associated with your request our
office is seeking your agreement to a 14 day extension of the statutory
deadline under section 15AA [extension with agreement] of the FOI Act. We
will endeavour to process your request as soon as we can.

 

Should you agree, the statutory deadline for you to receive a response to
your request will expire on 14 June 2024.

 

Next steps

It would assist us with the management of this request if you are able to
provide your agreement to the revised date range as well as the extension
of time by 12:00pm 31 May 2024.

 

Should you have any questions relating to the above, please do not
hesitate to contact me via email at [1][email address].

 

Kind regards

 

Erin
Freedom of Information
Media and Information Disclosure Branch

Ministerial & Executive Coordination and Communication Division

Department of Defence

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Dear Department of Defence,

Your request for an extension submitted one day before expiry, and the proposal to limit the scope to two years, is conditionally agreed upon. This agreement is contingent upon your provision of valid reasons for both the delay and the limited scope in your response.

I look forward to your detailed analysis.

Yours faithfully,

Ghyas Alam

FOI Case Management, Department of Defence

OFFICIAL
Dear Ghyas

Thank you for your response and conditional agreement.

Defence clarified the scope to be for material relating to the previous Financial year (22/23) and the current Financial year (23/24) only, as it is reasonable to conduct searches and make a decision on access on material located within this time period.

As your original request did not provide a precise timeframe for documents, broadened searches were undertaken in order to locate the material falling within the scope of your request, and thus this process has been timely. To make a decision of access on material covering an undisclosed time frame would take a significant amount of time and resources to process and the narrowed timeframe will enable Defence to thoroughly review and make a decision on any in scope material.

We would be grateful if you could provide confirmation of your agreement to the revised scope and extension of time by COB Today, 31 May 2024. If we do not receive a response by the required timeframe, we will proceed on the basis that you are satisfied that valid reasoning has been provided.

Kind regards

Erin
Freedom of Information
Media and Information Disclosure Branch
Ministerial & Executive Coordination and Communication Division
Department of Defence

IMPORTANT: This email remains the property of the Department of Defence. Unauthorised communication and dealing with the information in the email may be a serious criminal offence. If you have received this email in error, you are requested to contact the sender and delete the email immediately.

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