Dear Department of Home Affairs,

I would like to know the number of applicants who attended citizenship ceremonies in Brisbane City Council. The requested time period is from 1 July 2020 to 31 August 2021. Please send the total number of applicants that attended citizenship ceremonies in Brisbane City Council at the end of each month.

Yours faithfully,

Matt

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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FOI, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL

Subject: In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 21/09/00080
File Number: OBJ2021/27052

Dear Matt

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

I refer to your correspondence received on 1 September 2021 seeking access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

Scope of request

You have requested access to the following:

I would like to know the number of applicants who attended citizenship ceremonies in Brisbane City Council. The requested time period is from 1 July 2020 to 31 August 2021. Please send the total number of applicants that attended citizenship ceremonies in Brisbane City Council at the end of each month..
Your request was received by the Department on 1 September 2021 and has been allocated FOI request number FA 21/09/00080 . Please include your FOI request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of Information Section.

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Your review rights in relation to your request are available on the website of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner here.

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Contacting the FOI Section

Should you wish to discuss your request you may contact the FOI Section at [Department of Home Affairs request email].

Kind regards

Jade
Position number: 60107422
Authorised FOI Officer
FOI and Records Management Branch | Data Division
Strategy and National Resilience Group
Department of Home Affairs
E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]

OFFICIAL

-----Original Message-----
From: Matt <[FOI #7792 email]>
Sent: Wednesday, 1 September 2021 8:45 AM
To: FOI <[Department of Home Affairs request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Ceremony attended list for Brisbane City Council

Dear Department of Home Affairs,

I would like to know the number of applicants who attended citizenship ceremonies in Brisbane City Council. The requested time period is from 1 July 2020 to 31 August 2021. Please send the total number of applicants that attended citizenship ceremonies in Brisbane City Council at the end of each month.

Yours faithfully,

Matt

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Dear FOI,

Could you please confirm that you are processing this request? It has been more than 30 days from your acknowledgement of receiving this request.

Thank you

Yours sincerely,

Matt

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL

Dear Matt,

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 as quickly as possible.

A number of documents have been identified as falling within the scope of your request and an FOI Officer will be reviewing those documents in due course. A decision on access will be made on your request and you will be notified of this as soon as possible.

Kind regards

Jade
Position number: 60107422
Authorised FOI Officer
FOI and Records Management Branch | Data Division
Strategy and National Resilience Group
Department of Home Affairs
E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]

OFFICIAL

-----Original Message-----
From: Matt <[FOI #7792 email]>
Sent: Wednesday, 6 October 2021 9:48 AM
To: FOI <[Department of Home Affairs request email]>
Subject: Re: Acknowledgement – FOI request FA 21/09/00080 [SEC=OFFICIAL]

Dear FOI,

Could you please confirm that you are processing this request? It has been more than 30 days from your acknowledgement of receiving this request.

Thank you

Yours sincerely,

Matt

-----Original Message-----

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Subject: In reply please quote:

FOI Request: FA 21/09/00080

File Number: OBJ2021/27052

Dear Matt

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

I refer to your correspondence received on 1 September 2021 seeking access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

Scope of request

You have requested access to the following:

I would like to know the number of applicants who attended citizenship ceremonies in Brisbane City Council. The requested time period is from 1 July 2020 to 31 August 2021. Please send the total number of applicants that attended citizenship ceremonies in Brisbane City Council at the end of each month..

Your request was received by the Department on 1 September 2021 and has been allocated FOI request number FA 21/09/00080 . Please include your FOI request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of Information Section.

Timeframe for receiving your decision

The statutory timeframe for processing a request is 30 days from the date upon which your application was received by the Department.

Your review rights in relation to your request are available on the website of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner here.

Exclusion of staff details

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Duplicate documents

If the FOI decision-maker deems a document to be a duplicate, they will not assess those pages as part of your FOI request. This means that if a there is a decision to release the document to you, you will receive only one copy, even if multiple copies of that document exists.

Publication of document

Where documents are released to you in response to your request, the Department may be required to publish these documents on its website within 10 working days in accordance with section 11C of the FOI Act. Publication will not be required where the documents contain personal or business affairs information.

Contacting the FOI Section

Should you wish to discuss your request you may contact the FOI Section at [Department of Home Affairs request email].

Kind regards

Jade

Position number: 60107422

Authorised FOI Officer

FOI and Records Management Branch | Data Division

Strategy and National Resilience Group

Department of Home Affairs

E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]

OFFICIAL

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In reply please quote:

FOI Request:         FA 21/09/00080

File Number:          OBJ2021/27052

 

Dear Matt,

 

I refer to your FOI request received on 01 September 2021 

 

The Department has made a decision on this request. Please find attached
the decision record and any documents released under the FOI Act.  

 

This request has been closed in our system.

 

 

Signed electronically

 

Glen

Position number 60081621

Authorised Decision Maker | Freedom of Information Section

FOI and Records Management Branch

Data Division | Strategy and National Resilience Group

Department of Home Affairs
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