Dear Department of Home Affairs,
I would like to request the number of applications waiting to be allocated to the ceremony (who have been
approved but are now waiting to be allocated to a ceremony) in all Sydney area, please present data based on the
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FOI Request: FA 22/06/01121
File Number: OBJ2022/16812
I refer to your email dated 21 June 2022 in which you request access to information held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).
I am writing to advise you that your request is not valid for the purposes of section 15(2)(b) of the FOI Act, and to provide you with an opportunity to revise your request so that it is a valid request. This is called a ‘request consultation process’. You have 14 days to respond to this notice in one of the ways set out below.
Scope of Request
You have requested access to the following:
I would like to request the number of applications waiting to be allocated to the ceremony (who have been approved but are now waiting to be allocated to a ceremony) in all Sydney area, please present data based on the Council.
Power to refuse request
Section 24 of the FOI Act provides that if the Department is satisfied that a practical refusal reason exists in relation to a request, the Department must undertake a consultation process with you, and if, after that consultation process, the Department remains satisfied that the practical refusal reason still exists, the Department may refuse to give you access to the documents subject to the request.
A practical refusal reason exists if either (or both) of the following applies:
(a) the work involved in the processing of the request would substantially and unreasonably divert the resources of the Department from its other operations
(b) the request does not satisfy the requirement in section 15(2)(b) of the FOI Act, which requires you to provide such information concerning the document you are seeking access to, to enable the Department to be able to identify it.
Reasons for practical refusal
The Department has considered the scope of this request and its capacity to conduct searches of relevance based on the current scope. It is my preliminary view that your request, in its current form, is not specific enough to enable the Department to identify documents in scope of your request.
In order to process your request in a timely manner, FOI and the relevant business area require your assistance to clarify the scope of your request.
Please provide a list of specific city councils you would like to seek statistics for. For example, City of Sydney, Fairfield City Council, Willoughby City Council, Liverpool City Council, etc.
Request Consultation Process
You now have an opportunity to revise your request to enable it to proceed.
Your request is currently not a valid request for the purposes of section 15(2)(b) of the FOI Act. As part of this practical refusal consultation, you have 14 days to do one of the following:
• make a revised request;
• indicate that you do not wish to revise your request;
• withdraw your request.
If you do not do one of the three things listed above during the consultation period (14 days) or you do not consult the contact person listed below during this period, the Department will deem your request to be withdrawn.
Should you wish to revise your request or have any questions in relation to this process, please do not hesitate to contact the FOI section at [Department of Home Affairs request email].
Position number: 60097355
Authorised FOI Officer
FOI and Records Management Branch | Data Division
Strategy and National Resilience Group
Department Of Home Affairs
E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]