Commissioner Heydon Invoices

Phillip Sweeney made this Freedom of Information request to Attorney-General's Department

The request was refused by Attorney-General's Department.

From: Phillip Sweeney

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Dear Attorney-General's Department,

The documents I seek are copies of the invoices for payment to Commissioner Heydon for his services to the Royal Commission.

All information that could be considered to be confidential such as hourly rate charges can be redacted. I am only seeking the total amount paid per invoice.

The Freedom of Information Commissioner has upheld my right to has access to redacted invoices in other legal matters funded by the Commonwealth.

Yours faithfully,

Phillip Sweeney

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Dear Mr Sweeney

Freedom of Information Request - FOI15/176

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act) for access to the following documents:

‘The documents I seek are copies of the invoices for payment to
Commissioner Heydon for his services to the Royal Commission.

 

All information that could be considered to be confidential such as hourly
rate charges can be redacted. I am only seeking the total amount paid per
invoice.If you disagree with this interpretation of your request, please
let me know as soon as possible.’

We received your request on 31 August 2015 and the 30 day statutory period
for processing your request commenced from the day after that date. You
should therefore expect a decision from us by 30 September 2015. The
period of 30 days may be extended if we need to consult third parties or
for other reasons. We will advise you if this happens.

It is the usual practice of the department to not disclose the names and
contact details of junior officers of the department and other government
agencies, where that personal information is contained in documents within
the scope of a request.  The names and contact details of senior officers
will generally be disclosed.  We will take it that you agree to the
removal of junior officers’ personal information unless you advise that
you would like us to consider releasing that information as part of the
documents you have requested.

Please note that information released under the FOI Act may later be
published online on our disclosure log
[1]http://www.ag.gov.au/RightsAndProtection...,
subject to certain exceptions. (For example, personal information will not
be published where this would be unreasonable.)

We will contact you using the email address you provided. Please advise if
you would prefer us to use an alternative means of contact.

If you have any questions, please contact me by telephone on
(02) 6141 6666 or by email [2][AGD request email].

Regards

Jo

 

FOI Contact Officer

Freedom of Information and Privacy Section | Office of Corporate Counsel

Attorney-General's Department | 3 - 5 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
Email: [3][AGD request email]

 

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When you make a request for documents or an inquiry about privacy matters,
the Attorney-General s Department will only collect your personal
information where it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to,
our functions under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 or the Privacy Act
1988. We may collect your name, email address and telephone number so that
we can contact you about your request under the Freedom of Information Act
for access to documents or access to, or correction of, personal
information; or a complaint you have made or your request for access to,
or correction of, personal information under the Privacy Act. If your
request concerns your personal information, we will collect the minimum
amount of evidence necessary to verify your identity. The handling of your
personal information is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 and our privacy
policy is available at http://www.ag.gov.au/Pages/Privacystatem....
If you have an enquiry or complaint about your privacy, please contact the
Privacy Contact Officer on 02 6141 2660 or via e-mail [email address].

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From: Phillip Sweeney

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Dear FOI Requests,

I am responding to your email seeking confirmation of the scope of the FOI request.

I confirm that I am only seeking the total amount per invoice and any information such as the hourly charge rate and hours charged that might be deemed to be confidential can be redacted in line with a previous ruling of the Freedom of Information Commissioner.

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/A...

Yours sincerely,

Phillip Sweeney

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Dear Mr Sweeney,

Freedom of Information Request no. FOI15/176

 

I refer to your request for access to documents relating to invoices for
payment to Commissioner Heydon for his services to the Royal Commission
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). 

As your request covers documents which contain (i) information concerning
the business, commercial or financial affairs of an organisation, or a
person’s business or professional affairs and (ii) another individual’s
personal information, the Department is required to consult with that
individual or organisation (under sections 27 and 27A of the FOI Act)
before making a decision on the release of those documents.

For this reason the period for processing your request has been extended
by 30 days in order to allow our agency time to consult with that
individual (section 15(6) of the FOI Act).  The processing period for your
request will now end on 30 October 2015.

The consultation mechanism under section 27 applies when we believe the
person or organisation concerned may wish to contend that the requested
documents are exempt because their release would disclose trade secrets or
commercially valuable information or may adversely affect their business
or financial affairs. We will take into account any comments we receive
from the person or organisation but the final decision about whether to
grant you access to the documents you requested rests with this
Department.

The consultation mechanism under section 27A applies when we believe the
individual (or their representative) may wish to contend that the
requested documents are exempt for reasons of personal privacy.  We will
take into account any comments we receive from the individual but the
final decision about whether to grant you access to the documents you
requested rests with this Department.

More information about exemptions under the FOI Act is available in Fact
Sheet 8 on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s
website:
[1]http://www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-inform....

Regards

Jo

 

FOI Contact Officer

Freedom of Information and Privacy Section | Office of Corporate Counsel

Attorney-General's Department | 3 - 5 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
Email: [2][AGD request email]

 

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Privacy Collection Notice

When you make a request for documents or an inquiry about privacy matters,
the Attorney-General’s Department will only collect your personal
information where it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to,
our functions under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 or the Privacy Act
1988. We may collect your name, email address and telephone number so that
we can contact you about your request under the Freedom of Information Act
for access to documents or access to, or correction of, personal
information; or a complaint you have made or your request for access to,
or correction of, personal information under the Privacy Act. If your
request concerns your personal information, we will collect the minimum
amount of evidence necessary to verify your identity. The handling of your
personal information is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 and our privacy
policy is available at http://www.ag.gov.au/Pages/Privacystatem....
If you have an enquiry or complaint about your privacy, please contact the
Privacy Contact Officer on 02 6141 2660 or via e-mail [email address].

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UNCLASSIFIED

Dear Mr Sweeney

Freedom of Information Request FOI15/176

 

Attached is a notice of assessment of charges for your Freedom of
Information request.

 

You have 30 days to respond in writing to this notice. We therefore expect
a response from you by 7 November 2015. If you fail to write to us by 7
November 2015 your request will be taken to have been withdrawn.

 

If, after reading the attached notice, you have any questions please
contact us at [1][AGD request email] or telephone (02) 6141 6666.

 

Regards

Jo

 

FOI Contact Officer

Freedom of Information and Privacy Section | Office of Corporate Counsel

Attorney-General's Department | 3 - 5 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
Email: [2][AGD request email]

 

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Privacy Collection Notice

When you make a request for documents or an inquiry about privacy matters,
the Attorney-General’s Department will only collect your personal
information where it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to,
our functions under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 or the Privacy Act
1988. We may collect your name, email address and telephone number so that
we can contact you about your request under the Freedom of Information Act
for access to documents or access to, or correction of, personal
information; or a complaint you have made or your request for access to,
or correction of, personal information under the Privacy Act. If your
request concerns your personal information, we will collect the minimum
amount of evidence necessary to verify your identity. The handling of your
personal information is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 and our privacy
policy is available at http://www.ag.gov.au/Pages/Privacystatem....
If you have an enquiry or complaint about your privacy, please contact the
Privacy Contact Officer on 02 6141 2660 or via e-mail [email address].

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UNCLASSIFIED

Dear Mr Sweeney,

Freedom of Information Request FOI15/176

I refer to my below email advising of the estimated charges for your FOI
request. A response to the notice of estimated charges was due by 7
November 2015. As a response has not been received, your request is deemed
to have been withdrawn.

Regards

Jo

 

FOI Contact Officer

Freedom of Information and Privacy Section | Office of Corporate Counsel

Attorney-General's Department | 3 - 5 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
Email: [1][AGD request email]

 

From: FOI Requests [mailto:[AGD request email]]
Sent: Thursday, 8 October 2015 3:52 PM
Subject: FOI15/176 - notice of estimated charge [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

 

UNCLASSIFIED

Dear Mr Sweeney

Freedom of Information Request FOI15/176

 

Attached is a notice of assessment of charges for your Freedom of
Information request.

 

You have 30 days to respond in writing to this notice. We therefore expect
a response from you by 7 November 2015. If you fail to write to us by 7
November 2015 your request will be taken to have been withdrawn.

 

If, after reading the attached notice, you have any questions please
contact us at [2][AGD request email] or telephone (02) 6141 6666.

 

Regards

Jo

 

FOI Contact Officer

Freedom of Information and Privacy Section | Office of Corporate Counsel

Attorney-General's Department | 3 - 5 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
Email: [3][AGD request email]

 

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Privacy Collection Notice

When you make a request for documents or an inquiry about privacy matters,
the Attorney-General s Department will only collect your personal
information where it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to,
our functions under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 or the Privacy Act
1988. We may collect your name, email address and telephone number so that
we can contact you about your request under the Freedom of Information Act
for access to documents or access to, or correction of, personal
information; or a complaint you have made or your request for access to,
or correction of, personal information under the Privacy Act. If your
request concerns your personal information, we will collect the minimum
amount of evidence necessary to verify your identity. The handling of your
personal information is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 and our privacy
policy is available at http://www.ag.gov.au/Pages/Privacystatem....
If you have an enquiry or complaint about your privacy, please contact the
Privacy Contact Officer on 02 6141 2660 or via e-mail [email address].

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