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Dear Commonwealth Ombudsman,

In an article published in the Australian on 9 February 2022 entitled “Federal Court boss warned on job rule sidestep” the Federal Court’s Assistant People and Culture Director, Matt Asquith, admitted that the decision to classify registrars into EL2 and SES1 bands is primarily based on two factors:

a) additional responsibilities undertaken; and
b) “[the] SES cap the Court has, and if the positions can fit within the cap.”

Pursuant to the FOI Act, I request access to any documents in the possession of the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman that show that consideration of the number of capped SES positions in an agency should ever be a relevant consideration when evaluating the classification for a group of duties to be performed in an Agency.

Pursuant to the FOI Act, I also request access to any documents in the possession of the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman that show that a role is capable of being classified at more than one classification, depending on the complexity of the group of duties to be performed, when one of the proposed classifications is Senior Executive Band 1.

Yours faithfully,

Ray B1

Information Access, Commonwealth Ombudsman

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Ray

 

I attach correspondence in relation to your Freedom of Information request
of 12 March 2022.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gregory Parkhurst

Senior Legal Officer | Legal Team

Commonwealth Ombudsman

Ph: 1300 362 072 | Fax: 02 6276 0123

email: [1][CO request email]

 

 

 

The Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman acknowledges the traditional
owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to
land, culture and community. We pay our respects to elders past and
present.

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Ray

 

I attach correspondence in relation to your Freedom of Information request
of 12 March 2022.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gregory Parkhurst

Senior Legal Officer | Legal Team

Commonwealth Ombudsman

Ph: 1300 362 072 | Fax: 02 6276 0123

email: [1][CO request email]

 

 

The Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman acknowledges the traditional
owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to
land, culture and community. We pay our respects to elders past and
present.

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Dear Mr Parkhurst,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Commonwealth Ombudsman's handling of my FOI request 'Classification of vacancies'.

You have not addressed the whole of my FOI request.

My FOI request was worded as follows:

In an article published in the Australian on 9 February 2022 entitled “Federal Court boss warned on job rule sidestep” the Federal Court’s Assistant People and Culture Director, Matt Asquith, admitted that the decision to classify registrars into EL2 and SES1 bands is primarily based on two factors:

a) additional responsibilities undertaken; and
b) “[the] SES cap the Court has, and if the positions can fit within the cap.”

Pursuant to the FOI Act, I request access to any documents in the possession of the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman that show that consideration of the number of capped SES positions in an agency should ever be a relevant consideration when evaluating the classification for a group of duties to be performed in an Agency.

Pursuant to the FOI Act, I also request access to any documents in the possession of the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman that show that a role is capable of being classified at more than one classification, depending on the complexity of the group of duties to be performed, when one of the proposed classifications is Senior Executive Band 1.

In your letter of decision, you state:

I refer to your email dated 12 March 2022 in which you requested access to certain documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act). Your request was framed in the following way:

‘...any documents in the possession of the Office of the Commonwealth
Ombudsman that show that consideration of the number of capped SES positions
in an agency should ever be a relevant consideration when evaluating the
classification for a group of duties to be performed in an Agency...’

This letter constitutes notice of my decision on your request for access. I am authorised to make decisions on behalf of our Office under s 23 of the FOI Act.

Decision

We have searched our records for any documents we may hold which fall within the scope of your
request. Our searches did not identify any relevant documents.

Subsection 24A(1) of the FOI Act permits refusal of a request for access to a document where all reasonable steps have been taken to find the requested document or documents and the agency or Minister is satisfied that the documents do not exist. Having regard to the outcome of our searches for any documents relevant to your request, I have decided to refuse your request under subsection 24A(1) of the FOI Act.

You have not addressed the following paragraph of my request:

Pursuant to the FOI Act, I also request access to any documents in the possession of the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman that show that a role is capable of being classified at more than one classification, depending on the complexity of the group of duties to be performed, when one of the proposed classifications is Senior Executive Band 1.

Please ask the person who is to conduct the internal review to address the entire FOI request, as opposed to half of the FOI request.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Ray B1

Commonwealth Ombudsman

 
 
  [1]Office of the Australian Information Reference Code:  
Commissioner ICR_10-49266345-2654
 

 
You submitted a form called: FOI Review_
 
Your form reference code is: ICR_10-49266345-2654

To check the progress of your submission and/or confirm it has been
received you should contact the agency that provides the form. These
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Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
[2]http://www.oaic.gov.au | [3]1300 363 992 | [4][email address]
GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001
 
 
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  [1]Office of the Australian Information Reference Code:  
Commissioner ICR_10-49266345-2654
 

 
You submitted a form called: FOI Review_
 
Your form reference code is: ICR_10-49266345-2654

To check the progress of your submission and/or confirm it has been
received you should contact the agency that provides the form. These
details are displayed below.
 
 
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
[2]http://www.oaic.gov.au | [3]1300 363 992 | [4][email address]
GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001
 
 
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Our reference: MR22/00958

 

By email: [FOI #8597 email]

Receipt of your IC review application  

Thank you for your application for Information Commissioner Review (IC
review).

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is
considering your application.

If you wish to advise the OAIC of any changes to your circumstances,
including your contact details or if your FOI request has been resolved,
please write to [email address] and quote MR22/00958.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Regulatory Group

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

 

 

 

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