Centrelink debt notices

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From: William Shakespeare

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Dear Department of Human Services,

This Freedom of Information request relates to the debt notices sent out in late December which have attracted much criticism from the public.

I assume A DHS employee, or group employees, would have been responsible for creating the 'model' which data matched ATO data to DHS data, which produced a target population to be sent letters, many of whom are clearly not in any debt to the Commonwealth.

With respect to the particular 'model' that is relevant here, I request the following documents:

1. All documents which describe, or otherwise concern decision making and approval processes.

2. Any document which details why a more 'sophisticated' model was not considered, for example, one that considered data at the Centrelink reporting period level, rather than an aggregate annual earnings figure.

Yours faithfully,

William Shakespeare

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From: William Shakespeare

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Dear FOI.LEGAL.TEAM,

RE: FOI LEX 24877

Thank you for email.

I am happy to submit this revised request, limiting the scope.

Centrelink will be aware there has been significant media attention with respect to notices sent to large numbers of Centrelink clients recently, who were asked to confirm previous employment earnings. The letters to which I refer are detailed in articles such as this: http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-se...

It has been reported that Centrelink has data matched annual-based ATO data to fortnightly-based Centrelink data which I assume was previously provided to Centrelink by individuals in receipt of some Centrelink payments such as Newstart.

In undertaking this exercise, I assume it was authorised by an appropriate delegate(s), and following their decision(s), appropriate instruction must have been given to the relevant officers in a team involved in data analysis.

I therefore request the following documents:
1. The request sent to the delegate for approval to undertake this exercise.
2. The approval given by the delegate
3. All documents which give instructions and any specifications given to the data analysis officer(s) involved in the development of this data matching exercise.

I trust this revision of scope should reduce the number of documents in scope.

Yours sincerely,

William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare left an annotation ()

I have started another FOI process in order to analyse how the department of human services processed my request.

https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/c...

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Please see attached correspondence in relation to your Freedom of
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Bill Tarte left an annotation ()

I think their response to your other FOI about the process has attached here

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