Census 2016 planning and agency response

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From: James Smith

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Dear Australian Bureau of Statistics,

I request the following documents:

1. Documents which outline the expected demand of the 2016 Census system and related infrastructure during the Census period.

2. Documents which detail testing of relevant systems in the leadup to the Census.

3. Any internal ABS or IT contractor concerns raised in relation to expected performance, or lackthereof, of the Census system on Census night.

4. All reports generated in response to public feedback with regard to the Census, which were sent to members of the ABS Executive Leadership group.

Yours faithfully,

James Smith

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Dear Mr Smith

I refer to your application in which you seek access to documents under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (ABS reference FOI 201617/18)
regarding:

o Documents which outline the expected demand of the 2016 Census system
and related infrastructure during the Census period.
o Documents which detail testing of relevant systems in the leadup to
the Census.
o Any internal ABS or IT contractor concerns raised in relation to
expected performance, or lackthereof, of the Census system on Census
night.
o All reports generated in response to public feedback with regard to
the Census, which were sent to members of the ABS Executive Leadership
group.

Your request was received by the ABS on 10 August 2016 and the 30 days
statutory period for processing your request commenced from that date.  If
this request will take longer than 30 days to process, we will contact you
to negotiate an extension of time.

You will be notified of any charges in accordance with the Freedom of
Information (Fees and Charges) Regulations, should they apply, in relation
to your request as soon as practicable.
Regards

Dr Caroline Blink

FOI Contact Officer

Australian Bureau of Statistics

(P) (02) 6252 7203

(E) [1][ABS request email]   (W)  [2]www.abs.gov.au

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Jones/Staff/ABS, Andrew Begg/Staff/ABS, Kathy
Dawes/Staff/ABS, Kathy Mudford/Staff/ABS, Emma
O'Rourke/Staff/ABS, Caroline Blink/Staff/ABS, Keelie
Williams/Staff/ABS, Emily Covington/Staff/ABS

Wolfgang Hertel/Staff/ABS, Policy and Legislation, ELG, SMG,
Christine Williams/Staff/ABS, Duncan Young/Staff/ABS, Jenny
Telford/Staff/ABS, Michelle S Howe/Staff/ABS, Mark
Hindle/Staff/ABS, Tasma Vyver/Staff/ABS, Andrew
Readers Bell/Staff/ABS, Juanita Pettit/Staff/ABS, Lucy
Jones/Staff/ABS, Andrew Begg/Staff/ABS, Kathy
Dawes/Staff/ABS, Kathy Mudford/Staff/ABS, Emma
O'Rourke/Staff/ABS, Caroline Blink/Staff/ABS, Keelie
Williams/Staff/ABS, Emily Covington/Staff/ABS

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     Dear Australian Bureau of Statistics,
   
    I request the following documents:
   
    1. Documents which outline the expected demand of the 2016 Census
    system and related infrastructure during the Census period.
   
    2. Documents which detail testing of relevant systems in the leadup
    to the Census.
   
    3. Any internal ABS or IT contractor concerns raised in relation to
    expected performance, or lackthereof, of the Census system on
    Census night.
   
    4. All reports generated in response to public feedback with regard
    to the Census, which were sent to members of the ABS Executive
    Leadership group.
   
    Yours faithfully,
   
    James Smith
   
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From: Keelie Williams
Australian Bureau of Statistics


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Dear Mr Smith,

This email refers to your FOI request (201617-18) received on 10 August
2016.

The purpose of this email is to advise you, as required under Section 24AB
of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) that a practical refusal
reason exists under Section 24AA of the FOI Act in relation to your
request.

The reasons for this practical refusal and the actions required by you are
set out in the attached letter.

(See attached file: 20161718.pdf)

The FOI Act requires that you respond to this notice before the end of the
consultation period, which is 2 September 2016. 

Kind regards,

FOI Contact Officer

Australian Bureau of Statistics

(P) (02) 6252 7203

(E) [1][ABS request email]   (W)  [2]www.abs.gov.au

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From: James Smith

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Dear Keelie Williams,

Thank you for your letter.

I am prepared to reconsider the scope of this request..

Can I please see all documents such as minutes, reports (or similar) put to the ABS Executive Leadership Group, or created in response to meetings of the Leadership Group, between 1 March 2016 and 19 August 2016.

Any information in those documents not related to the Census may be omitted from the scope of this request.

Please contact me if there is anything I can do to assist the department process this request in an efficient manner.

Yours sincerely,

James Smith

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From: Keelie Williams
Australian Bureau of Statistics


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Dear Mr Smith,

Thank you for your email revising the scope of your Freedom of Information
(FoI) request.

I have interpreted the scope revision in the context of your initial
request, specifically point 4 of that request which stated that you are
requesting reports in relation 'to pubic feedback with regard to the
Census' through to 10 August 2016 - the date on which your FoI request was
received by the ABS.

Can you please respond with your confirmation (or otherwise) of the
revised scope.  

I would be very happy to work with you to further refine the scope if the
above does not meet your requirements or alternately you may submit a new
request to the ABS FoI inbox at [1][ABS request email].  

Regards

Keelie Williams

FOI Contact Officer

Australian Bureau of Statistics

(P) (02) 6252 7203

(E) [2][ABS request email]   (W)  [3]www.abs.gov.au

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From: James Smith <[FOI #2116 email]>
To: Keelie Williams <[email address]>,
Date: 19/08/2016 09:46 PM
Subject: Re: FOI Request 201617/18: Notification of practical refusal

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Dear Keelie Williams,

Thank you for your letter.

I am prepared to reconsider the scope of this request..

Can I please see all documents such as minutes, reports (or similar) put
to the ABS Executive Leadership Group, or created in response to meetings
of the Leadership Group, between 1 March 2016 and 19 August 2016.

Any information in those documents not related to the Census may be
omitted from the scope of this request.

Please contact me if there is anything I can do to assist the department
process this request in an efficient manner.

Yours sincerely,

James Smith

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From: James Smith

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Dear Keelie Williams,

Thank you for your email.

I am happy to proceed with your interpretation of the revised scope, providing we include all such documents created up until 19 August 2016. I am happy to allow for an extra 9 days of processing time to allow for this change. Are you happy to proceed on that basis?

Yours sincerely,

James Smith

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From: Keelie Williams
Australian Bureau of Statistics


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Dear Mr Smith,

I can confirm that the ABS is happy to proceed on this basis.

Regards

Keelie Williams

FOI Contact Officer

Australian Bureau of Statistics

(P) (02) 6252 7203

(E) [1][ABS request email]   (W)  [2]www.abs.gov.au

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From: James Smith <[FOI #2116 email]>
To: Keelie Williams <[email address]>,
Date: 26/08/2016 08:45 AM
Subject: Re: FOI Request 201617/18: Notification of practical refusal

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Dear Keelie Williams,

Thank you for your email.

I am happy to proceed with your interpretation of the revised scope,
providing we include all such documents created up until 19 August 2016. I
am happy to allow for an extra 9 days of processing time to allow for this
change. Are you happy to proceed on that basis?

Yours sincerely,

James Smith

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From: Emily Covington
Australian Bureau of Statistics


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Dear Mr Smith,

In response to your FOI request received on 26 August 2016, please find
attached the formal response from the ABS.

(See attached file: 20161718 Decision letter.pdf)

If you have any queries on this matter please contact the ABS FOI Contact
Officer at [1][ABS request email] or on (02) 6252 7203.

Kind Regards

FOI Contact Officer 

Australian Bureau of Statistics 

(P) (02) 6252 7203 

(E) [2][ABS request email]   (W)  [3]www.abs.gov.au

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