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From: M Poler

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Dear Australian Public Service Commission,

The decision of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission in [2019] FWCFB 143 available here:

https://www.fwc.gov.au/documents/decisio...

indicates that senior staff at the APSC and the Department of Home Affairs likely engaged in unlawful conduct (per the requirements of the Public Service Act 1999 and the Legal Services Directions 2017) in the process of the negotiation of the enterprise agreement the subject of the FWC’s decision. The unlawful conduct identified by the FWC constitutes disclosable conduct for the purposes of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013.

Under the FOI Act, I seek a copy of any briefing materials provided by the APSC, to the Minister for the Public Service, and/or his office, between the inclusive dates of 2 January 2019 and the date of this FOI application.

Yours faithfully,

M Poler

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Dear M Poler

Acknowledgement of FOI request

The Australian Public Service Commission (the Commission) acknowledges receipt of your request dated 25 January 2019, under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act), seeking access to 'a copy of any briefing materials provided by the APSC, to the Minister for the Public Service, and/or his office, between the inclusive dates of 2 January 2019 and the date of this FOI application'.

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Regards,

Susannah
On behalf of FOI Coordinator

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