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ARPANSA Self-Assessment Report for IRRS

Sun Shine made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

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From: Sun Shine

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Dear Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency,

The CEO of ARPANSA requested an Integrated Regulatory Review Service [IRRS] mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA]. This mission aims to review the effectiveness of regulatory infrastructure for nuclear and radiation safety. In preparation for this mission, which will take place in November 2018, ARPANSA was required to conduct a self-assessment and report its results to the IAEA.

I seek access to information under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 [FOI Act] regarding ARPANSA's Advance Reference Material [ARM] and preparatory report to the IAEA. I request access to the self-assessment that ARPANSA sent to the IAEA earlier this year.

To be clear, my request is for ARPANSA's written response to the IRRS self-assessment questionnaire for the applicable modules and the analysis and results of the self-assessment.

I understand that some information may be excluded. The IAEA states that "information that must remain confidential should be clearly indicated" in the ARM. I therefore expect that any sensitive information, which is already clearly identified, would be redacted.

My request is not intended to be onerous or difficult. The requested report already exists.

I note that the IAEA encourages transparency and openness in communicating with stakeholders.

Yours faithfully,
Anonymous

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From: $ARPANSA FOI
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Dear Anonymous

I refer to your request for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 sent on 25 October 2018. I have taken your request to be for:

ARPANSA's written response to the IRRS self-assessment questionnaire for the applicable modules and the analysis and results of the self-assessment

Your request was received on 25 October 2018 and the 30 day statutory period for processing your request commenced from the day after that date.

As your request covers documents which concern relations between the Commonwealth and the State and Territory Governments, ARPANSA is required to consult with the State and Territory Governments (under section 26A of the FOI Act) before making a decision on the release of the documents requested.

For this reason, the period for processing your request has been extended by 30 days in order to allow ARPANSA to consult with the State and Territory Governments (section 15(6) of the FOI Act).

The processing period for your request will now end on 24 December 2018.

Kind regards

Gemma Larkins
Legal Officer
Office of the General Counsel

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From: Sun Shine

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Dear $ARPANSA FOI,

Thank you for your acknowledgement. I understand that, in some circumstances, an agency may need to consult a third party when documents affect Commonwealth-State relations. However my request was limited to ARPANSA and did not include documents about the states or territories.

I gather that ARPANSA provided the IAEA information on behalf of the states and territories. If this is the case, or if some portions of the documents address states and territories, then I request that these portions simply be redacted. There is no reason to delay for consultation because I have no interest in obtaining information about the states or territories.

Your proposal to consult indicates to me that you have identified the basis for your assertion that disclosure would affect relations between the Commonwealth and the State and Territory Governments. I ask that you simply redact that which form the rational basis for this assertion.

The course of action that you proposed is unnecessary and dilatory. To be clear, my request is for ARPANSA's written response to the IRRS self-assessment questionnaire for the applicable modules and the analysis and results of the self-assessment. I request that any portions that address states or territories be redacted. I feel it's inappropriate to delay or deny me access under FoI based on information that was not requested.

Yours sincerely,
Anonymous

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From: Sun Shine

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Dear $ARPANSA FOI,

Would you please acknowledge my clarification of 5 November?

I clarified my request such that consultation and delay is unnecessary. My request is for ARPANSA's written response to the IRRS self-assessment questionnaire and the analysis and results of the self-assessment. I'm not interested in any information about non-Commonwealth regulation, so please redact any portions that address states or territories..

Yours sincerely,
Anonymous

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Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Dear Sun Shine

I acknowledge receipt of your email on 5 November 2018.

I will be consulting with the states and territories on the basis they are participants in the IRRS mission. I will also be consulting with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Kind regards

Gemma Larkins
Legal Officer
Office of the General Counsel

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From: Sun Shine

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Dear $ARPANSA FOI,

The IRRS mission is now complete and a draft report has been written. The IAEA website states "The final mission report will be provided to the Government of Australia in about three months. The Government of Australia plans to make the report public".

Although it is international practice to make the IRRS mission report public, I understand the CEO of ARPANSA does not intend to do so. I understand that ARPANSA will publish the report only if and when consultation is complete and all states/territories have agreed to the wording. Can you please confirm this?

In addition, could you please explain the basis for not releasing the self-assessment report, which was provided to the IAEA prior to the mission?

Yours sincerely,
Anonymous

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From: $ARPANSA FOI
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Dear Sun Shine

I confirm that the final IRRS report will be published on ARPANSA’s website in early 2019.

Please see the link to the information on ARPANSA's website. https://www.arpansa.gov.au/news/openness...

You have sought access to the self-assessment report. I am still consulting in relation to the release of this report.

Kind regards

Gemma Larkins
Legal Officer
Office of the General Counsel

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Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Dear Sun Shine

I refer to your request under the FOI Act for "ARPANSA's written response to the IRRS self-assessment questionnaire for the applicable modules and the analysis and results of the self-assessment."

There are 13 modules with a substantial amount of attachments and documents. This material was used to prepare an Advanced Reference Material Summary report (in excess of 200 pages).

To avoid any charges under the FOI Act please advise whether you agree to limit your request to the Advanced Reference Material Summary Report.

Kind regards

Gemma Larkins
Legal Officer
Office of the General Counsel

Important: This message may contain confidential information or legally privileged information. If you think it was sent to you by mistake, please delete all copies and advise the sender. For the purposes of the SPAM Act 2003, this email is authorised by ARPANSA.

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