Awareness of MassChallenge interests

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Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Legal Branch
GPO Box 2013
Canberra ACT 2601

ATT FOI Coordinator

I am requesting access to information under the Freedom of Information Act.

BACKGROUND
MassChallenge was awarded this ad hoc grant through the Entrepreneurs' Programme-
https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/6... (GRANT)

[Name Hidden] was the Australian country manager/facilitator of MassChallenge until October 2019-
https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielleesmi... (ENGAGEMENT)

Throughout this time, [Name Hidden] was delivering the Incubator Support Initiative (ISI) grant program to Incubators/Accelerators under the Entrepreneurs' Programme (EP) as managed by-
- Charlotte Tressler - AusIndustry Support for Business (AISB) Head of Division;
- Emma Greenwood - EP General Manager, later a/g AISB Head of Division; and
- Andrew Lewis - a/g EP General Manager; and
- Zoe Naden - ISI Manager/Delegate (OFFICIALS).

REQUEST
For each of the OFFICIALS, I am requesting the date of the earliest email correspondence that was received from anyone for any reason and that alludes to (a) the GRANT and/or (b) the ENGAGEMENT.

To be clear, I am requesting only the dates such email correspondence (a and b) as received by each of the OFFICIALS.

For example, an output as follows will suffice-
Charlotte Tressler, GRANT, 5/4/2018
Charlotte Tressler, ENGAGEMENT, 2/3/2018
Emma Greenwood, GRANT, 5/4/2018
Emma Greenwood, ENGAGEMENT, 2/3/2018
etc.

For expediency, simply searching for MassChallenge and/or [Name Hidden] across OFFICIALS' emails may be efficient.

DELIVERY
via righttoknow.org.au

-Menzies

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Dear Menzies

 

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (the department)
has received your Freedom of Information request of 2 December 2020
(attached).

 

This correspondence is to acknowledge receipt of your request. Currently a
decision is due to you by 1 January 2021. However, this timeline may be
effected by the requirement to undertake consultation with affected third
parties or if the department determines you are liable to pay a charge in
relation to your request. You will be notified by the Minister’s Office or
the department if charges are liable or if third party consultation is
required.

 

Personal information

 

For documents that fall within the scope of the request, it is the
practice of the department to withhold:

 

·       the names, signatures and contact details of junior staff; That
is:

o   Commonwealth staff who are not in the Senior Executive Service (SES);
and

o   Ministerial staff below the level of Chief of Staff; and

·       the mobile phone numbers of SES officers.

 

The names and other details of SES officers will be released unless the
information is exempt from disclosure.

 

Confirmation from you that you are not seeking ‘personal information’ (ie.
the names and contact details of any individuals, or any information that
could reasonably identify an individual) may enable a more timely and cost
effective processing of your request.

 

Therefore, could you please clarify if you a seeking access to personal
information in the documents relating to:

·       third parties; and

·       Commonwealth staff.

 

If you are not seeking access to any personal information, you can simply
reply to this email with ‘no personal information requested’.

 

If you are seeking access to specific types of personal information, could
you please specify.

 

Request for extension of time

 

Please note that the department shuts down from 25 December 2020 to 4
January 2021.

 

To assist in the processing your request, we seek your agreement to a 10
day extension under section 15AA of the FOI Act. If you agree to this
extension, the department will notify the Office of the Australian
Information Commissioner of the extension of time, and the decision on
your request would then be due to you on or before Monday 11 January 2021.

 

Could you please confirm your agreement to this extension at your earliest
convenience but no later than Tuesday 15 December 2020.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the FOI team.

 

Regards

 

FOI Team

Legal, Audit and Assurance | Corporate & Digital

GPO Box 2013, Canberra ACT 2601 | [1][Department of Industry, Innovation and Science request email]

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Dear Menzies

 

We refer to your FOI request of 2 December 2020 (attached) to the
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (the department).

 

Current status of FOI request:

 

As you are aware, on 9 December 2020 the department sought your agreement
to an extension of time under section 15AA of the FOI Act, to which you
did not respond.

 

As such, your request has been deemed refused, as the department has not
provided you a decision within the statutory timeframe.

 

The department still intends to issue you a decision in relation to your
FOI request. At this time, We are unable to provide you with an expected
date of decision.

 

The FOI team will keep you updated as the matter progresses.

 

Scope clarification:

 

We note that you have previously made a similar information request – ref
67329. In relation to that request, the decision maker advised you that
“The department understands that this request seeks a document bearing the
dates of certain correspondence sent by identified officers of the
Department. No documents exist falling within the scope of this request”.
On this basis, you withdrew your request.

 

It is not clear to us how your existing request differs from your previous
request, other than the addition of the two additional staff members.
Could you please confirm whether you would like the department to treat
this request as being a request for the email correspondence instead of a
request for date information? Because we suspect there may only be a small
number of relevant documents, the department is willing to proceed on this
basis. Please note that if we proceed we will consider the entirety of any
identified document to be irrelevant to the request except for the date.

 

Please confirm if this request is a request for email correspondence at
your earliest convenience but no later than 8 January 2021.

 

Regards

 

FOI Team

Legal, Audit and Assurance | Corporate & Digital

GPO Box 2013, Canberra ACT 2601 | [1][Department of Industry, Innovation and Science request email]

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I agree to treat the request as one for combined documents that include the requested dates as the only relevant parts.

-Menzies