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APSC Gift Register

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From: M Poler

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Dear Australian Public Service Commission,

I refer to the following article, published today by the Sydney Morning Herald and other Fairfax papers titled “Public servants keep perk details secret” and available here:

https://www.smh.com.au/national/public-s...

The article states:

“The Australian Public Services Commission encourages the keeping of registers, but rules and records are managed internally by individual departments and agencies. The commission has declined to be interviewed.

“There is a lack of leadership from the commission,” Professor Mulgan said."

Under the FOI Act I seek access to any gift register held by the APSC. Given the APSC’s role in promoting and upholding high standards of accountability, effectiveness, performance, integrity and conduct in the APS, there’s clearly public interest in whether such a register exists and the contents of such a register.

Yours faithfully,

M Poler

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Australian Public Service Commission

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 'any gift register held by the APSC'.

Timeframe
The statutory timeframe for responding to your request under the FOI Act is 30 days from the date of receipt. This timeframe may be extended in certain circumstances, and we will advise you if such circumstances arise. An extension to the timeframe may occur if there is a need to conduct formal consultation with affected third parties. Such consultation may extend the processing time by an additional 30 days, in accordance with sections 27 and 27A [Consultation – business documents and personal privacy] of the FOI Act.

Charges
Section 29 of the FOI Act provides that agencies may apply a processing charge for access to documents which do not concern your personal information. I will write to you and inform you if it is decided that a processing charge will apply.

Irrelevant material
Section 22 of the FOI Act, provides that agencies may redact certain material from documents, if it is deemed that the material is irrelevant to the scope of a request. The Commission’s policy is to redact the personal information and contact details of Commission or APSC officers, who are employed below Senior Executive Officers (SES) level, including mobile telephone numbers and signatures.

Should you have any questions relating to your request, please do not hesitate to contact our office via email to [email address]

Regards,

Susannah
On behalf of FOI Coordinator

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