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Dear Department of Home Affairs,

Under FOI Act I would like to request a copy of the list of approval of places for use as Alternative Places of Detention (APOD), used for immigration detention purposes. I believe knowledge of these sites, where they have been, and are currently located, is of vital public importance.

Please include all reports published in the past, and any new material that might be available under this Freedom of Information request. Thank you very much for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Romei

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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FOI, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL: Sensitive
Personal-Privacy

In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 22/04/00554
File Number: OBJ2022/8958

Dear Mark Romei,

I refer to your email dated 8 April 2022 in which you request access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

I am writing to advise that your request is not valid for the purposes of section 15(2)(b) of the FOI Act in its current form, 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’. Please respond to this notice in one of the ways set out below.

Scope of Request
You have requested access to the following:
Under FOI Act I would like to request a copy of the list of approval of places for use as Alternative Places of Detention (APOD), used for immigration detention purposes. I believe knowledge of these sites, where they have been, and are currently located, is of vital public importance.

Please include all reports published in the past, and any new material that might be available under this Freedom of Information request.

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.
Practical refusal
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(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 clarify the following points of the scope of your request:

The phrase, 'all reports published in the past, and any new material that might be available' is too broad.

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Kind regards,

FOI Officer - Geoff
Freedom of Information
Department of Home Affairs

E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]

Personal-Privacy
OFFICIAL: Sensitive

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Dear FOI,

I would like to revise my request to remove the phrase, 'all reports published in the past, and any new material that might be available.'

I would like to request a copy of the list of approval of places for use as Alternative Places of Detention (APOD) from a date range of 2001 - 2022.

Thank you again for your assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Romei

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL: Sensitive
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In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 22/04/00554
File Number: OBJ2022/8958

Dear Mark Romei,

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request
I refer to your correspondence received on 8 April 2022 seeking access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

Scope of request
You have requested access to the following:
Under FOI Act I would like to request a copy of the list of approval of places for use as Alternative Places of Detention (APOD), used for immigration detention purposes. I believe knowledge of these sites, where they have been, and are currently located, is of vital public importance.

Please include all reports published in the past, and any new material that might be available under this Freedom of Information request.

On 12 April 2022 you amended the scope of this FOI request to:
I would like to request a copy of the list of approval of places for use as Alternative Places of Detention (APOD) from a date range of 2001 - 2022.

Your request was received by the Department on 8 April 2022 and has been allocated FOI request number FA 22/04/00554. Please include your FOI request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of Information Section.
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Kind regards,

FOI Officer - Geoff
Freedom of Information
Department of Home Affairs

E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]

Personal-Privacy
OFFICIAL: Sensitive

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FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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OFFICIAL

Dear Mr Romei

 

FOI request FA 22/04/00554

 

I refer to your FOI request received on 8 April 2022, seeking access to
the following:

Amended Scope:
I would like to request a copy of the list of approval of places for use
as Alternative Places of Detention (APOD) from a date range of 2001 -
2022.

Original Scope:
Under FOI Act I would like to request a copy of the list of approval of
places for use as Alternative Places of Detention (APOD), used for
immigration detention purposes. I believe knowledge of these sites, where
they have been, and are currently located, is of vital public importance.

Please include all reports published in the past, and any new material
that might be available under this Freedom of Information request.

 

The Department has made a decision on this request. Please find attached
the decision record.

 

This request has now been closed.

 

Regards

 

Vythees - Position Number: 60141911

Freedom of Information (FOI) Section

FOI and Records Management Branch

Data Division

Strategy and National Resilience Group

E:[Department of Home Affairs request email]

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