Australian support for Assisted Voluntary Returns from Indonesia

Cam made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The request was refused by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

From: Cam

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Dear Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

BACKGROUND
On the 10th August 2016, under the headline "RI tells Australia it’s overwhelmed by refugees", the Indonesian newspaper The Jakarta Post reported that:

"Laura Kemp, a spokesperson at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, said her country would remain committed to providing assistance to this global humanitarian problem, including to refugees in Indonesia. 'The country has provided a wide range of funding to enable migrants to return voluntarily from Indonesia to their country of origin. Around 5,200 migrants have accessed this program since 2000,' Kemp said in a statement to The Jakarta Post on Tuesday."

REQUEST
Please provide any documents supporting Ms Kemp's statement.

Yours faithfully,

Cameron Doig.

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Dear Mr Doig

 

Please find attached the acknowledgement of receipt for your recent FOI
Request. 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Karen Chapman

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From: Cam

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Dear FOI,

I am writing in regards to the FOI Request: FA 17/06/00891 File Number: ADF2017/68822

Response to this request is delayed. By law, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade should normally have responded promptly and by July 28, 2017.

Please advise of the expected date for DFAT's provision of the relevant documents.

Yours sincerely,

Cameron Doig.

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A decision will be made on your request in due course and you will be notified of this.

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Dear Mr Doig

 

I write in relation to the above request.

 

On 28 June 2017, you requested access to the following:

 

On the 10th August 2016, under the headline "RI tells Australia it’s
overwhelmed by refugees", the Indonesian newspaper The Jakarta Post
reported that:

 

"Laura Kemp, a spokesperson at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, said her
country would remain committed to providing assistance to this global
humanitarian problem, including to refugees in Indonesia. 'The country has
provided a wide range of funding to enable migrants to return voluntarily
from Indonesia to their country of origin. Around 5,200 migrants have
accessed this program since 2000,' Kemp said in a statement to The Jakarta
Post on Tuesday."

 

Please provide any documents supporting Ms Kemp's statement.

 

In order to be able to process your request accurately, the Department
would like to clarify the scope, as we believe that it may be interpreted
in several ways. Could you please clarify whether you are seeking access
to:

 

·         the documents that directly supported the statement made (e.g.
the Talking Points which may have been relied on in the making of the
statement); or

o documents which corroborate the statement (that is documents which
evidences the statement made).

In the event that you are in fact seeking access to documents which
corroborate and provide evidence to support that statement, our initial
inquiries with the relevant business areas suggest that there are
potentially a large number of documents that could fall within the scope
of this request. This may result in a practical refusal reason existing in
relation to that type of request. As such, if you wish to clarify the
scope of your request in this way, it would assist if you could narrow
that scope further. This could be done by restricting the timeframe of the
request, for example, your request could be clarified limiting it
documents over a specific timeframe (e.g. July and August 2016) and for a
particular type of document (e.g. briefings).

 

Once you have clarified the scope of your request, the Department will
consider what documents it may hold that would fall within the scope of
that request, and will consider whether it is in a position to be able to
process your request.

 

It would assist the Department in the processing of your request if you
could provide clarification of the scope of your request by 5pm Monday, 7
August 2017 (AEST).

 

Regards

 

 

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Try ask for:

- The number of AVRs which Australia has funded out of Indonesia, by financial year, from 2000-01 to 2016-17, and;
- The cost of funding these AVRs

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From: Cam

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Dear FOI,

I would like to clarify my request, and make an updated request in the following terms for maximum clarity:

Please provide any documents recording

- The number of Assisted Voluntary Returns from Indonesia which Australia has funded, for the following financial years:
- 2001/02
-2002/03
-2003/04
-2004/05
-2005/06
-2006/07
-2007/08
-2008/09
-2009/10
- 2010/11
-2011/12
-2012/13
-2013/14
-2014/15
-2015/16
-2016/17
-2017/18

Please also provide any documents recording the cost to Australia of providing funding for these assisted voluntary returns for each year.

Yours sincerely,

Cameron Doig.

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From: Cam

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Dear FOI,

Please advise of any progress on FOI Request: FA 17/06/00891 File Number: ADF2017/68822.

Yours sincerely,

Cameron doig.

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FOI Request:   FA 17/06/00891
File Number:   ADF2017/68822
 
Dear Mr Doig
 
Thank you for your email enquiring about the progress of your FOI request.
 
Please be advised that the Department is currently processing a large
number of FOI requests. Our staff are working hard and the Department is
committed to processing your request within the statutory timeframes.
 
A decision will be made on your request in due course and you will be
notified of this.
 
Requests for urgent processing
 
If you believe your request is urgent, for example an upcoming tribunal or
court hearing, please provide us with evidence and advise us as soon as
possible. This will assist the Department in managing and responding to
your request. 
 
Kind regards
 
 
Freedom of Information Section
Freedom of Information, Privacy & Records Management Branch | Corporate
Services Division
Corporate Group
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
E: [email address]
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Dear Mr Doig,

 

I refer to your FOI request received by the Department of Immigration and
Border Protection on 28 June 2017.

 

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

 

This request has now been closed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

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