Answer to Senate Question on Notice and change in calculation methods.

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Dear Department of Veterans' Affairs,

BACKGROUND:

An extract from Senate Hansard, Monday 26 October 2020, Page 175 – Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee:

“Senator AYRES: Could you on notice provide that comparison, with the caveat that you've changed the methodology, for this year and last year on error rates, and high-impact error rates as well? Ms Cole: We only report high-impact error rates in the annual report."

Immediately prior to that, “Ms Cole: For example, last year, following a remark in that very same ANAO audit that you mentioned earlier, we changed the methodology about how we calculate our error rate in terms of how we count the number of errors per case. By a case I mean an individual. We have essentially made it more transparent, in that calculation rate."

WHAT INFORMATION AM I SEEKING?

As I have been unable to find a response to questions on Notice from Senator Ayres on the Senate website I am seeking the Departments response to Senator Ayres, “ Could you on notice provide that comparison, with the caveat that you've changed the methodology, for this year and last year on error rates, and high-impact error rates as well?

All correspondence, emails etc. associated with the change in calculation of high impact errors where Ms Cole states, “where we have instituted a more transparent and straightforward methodology in our QA rates from this year onwards.”

Yours faithfully,

Alan ASHMORE

INFORMATION.LAW, Department of Veterans' Affairs

Dear Mr Ashmore

                

Freedom of Information Request: LEX 47408

 

I refer to your request for access to documents held by the Department of
Veterans’ Affairs (Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(FOI Act). Your request was received by the Department on 11 January 2022
and was made in the following terms:

 

BACKGROUND

 

An extract from Senate Hansard, Monday 26 October 2020, Page 175 – Foreign
Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee:

 

“Senator AYRES: Could you on notice provide that comparison, with the
caveat that you've changed the methodology, for this year and last year on
error rates, and high-impact error rates as well? Ms Cole: We only report
high-impact error rates in the annual report."

 

Immediately prior to that, “Ms Cole: For example, last year, following a
remark in that very same ANAO audit that you mentioned earlier, we changed
the methodology about how we calculate our error rate in terms of how we
count the number of errors per case. By a case I mean an individual. We
have essentially made it more transparent, in that calculation rate."

 

WHAT INFORMATION AM I SEEKING?

 

As I have been unable to find a response to questions on Notice from
Senator Ayres on the Senate website I am seeking the Departments response
to Senator Ayres, “ Could you on notice provide that comparison, with the
caveat that you've changed the methodology, for this year and last year on
error rates, and high-impact error rates as well?

 

All correspondence, emails etc. associated with the change in calculation
of high impact errors where Ms Cole states, “where we have instituted a
more transparent and straightforward methodology in our QA rates from this
year onwards.”

 

In accordance with section 15(5)(b) of the FOI Act, the due date for a
decision on your request is 10 February 2022.

 

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Information Law Section

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Department of Veterans’ Affairs

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