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Gareth William Smith

Dear Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
Please supply me with all communications between DFAT and World Vision in respect of Mohammad El Halabi.

Yours faithfully,

Gareth W R Smith

FOI, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

1 Attachment

OFFICIAL

 

 

FOI Request: LEX4553

 

Dear Mr Smith

 

Thank you for your email dated 17 October 2021 seeking access to documents
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

 

This email sets out some information about how your request will be
processed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

 

Scope of request:

You have requested access to:

 

“all communications between DFAT and World Vision in respect of Mohammad
El Halabi.”

 

If it emerges that the scope of your request is unclear or is too large
for processing, the department will contact you to discuss re-scoping the
request.

 

Timeframe for receiving our decision:

We received your request on 17 October 2021 and the 30-day statutory
period for processing your request commenced from the day after that date.
The period of 30 days may be extended in certain circumstances.  We will
advise you if any extension of time is required.

 

Charges:

Please note that the Department may issue charges for processing FOI
requests.  We will advise you of any relevant charges when we are in a
position to estimate the resources required to process your request.

 

Disclosure log:

Please note that, with some exceptions (such as personal information),
documents released under the FOI Act may later be published on the
department’s disclosure log:
[1]https://www.dfat.gov.au/about-us/corpora....

 

Exclusion of officials’ names and contact details:

It is the Department’s policy to withhold the mobile numbers of all
government officials, and the names and contact details of government
officials not in the Senior Executive Service (SES) or equivalent.  If you
require the mobile numbers of all government officials, or the names and
contact details of non-SES officials, please let us know at
[2][DFAT request email] so the decision-maker may consider; otherwise we will
take it that you agree to that information being excluded from the scope
of your request.

 

Personal Information:

If we need to consult with other people or organisations regarding your
FOI request, we may need to disclose your personal information (e.g. your
name).  When we consult it may be apparent that you have made a request,
even if we do not disclose your identity.  Please let us know if you have
any concerns in this regard.  The Department’s privacy policy is available
at dfat.gov.au/privacy.html.

 

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to
contact us by return e-mail at [3][DFAT request email]

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

DFAT FOI Team

Freedom of Information and Privacy Law Section
Legal Division | Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
[4]DFAT.GOV.AU | [5]Twitter | [6]Facebook | [7]Flickr | [8]YouTube

 

 

 

 

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FOI, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

3 Attachments

OFFICIAL

 

FOI Request: LEX4553

 

Dear Mr Smith

 

Please find attached correspondence regarding your FOI request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

DFAT FOI Team

Freedom of Information and Privacy Law Section
Legal Division | Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
[1]DFAT.GOV.AU | [2]Twitter | [3]Facebook | [4]Flickr | [5]YouTube

 

 

 

 

From: FOI
Sent: Tuesday, 19 October 2021 2:03 PM
To: [FOI #7971 email]
Subject: Your FOI Acknowledgement - LEX4553 [SEC=OFFICIAL]

 

OFFICIAL

 

 

FOI Request: LEX4553

 

Dear Mr Smith

 

Thank you for your email dated 17 October 2021 seeking access to documents
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

 

This email sets out some information about how your request will be
processed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

 

Scope of request:

You have requested access to:

 

“all communications between DFAT and World Vision in respect of Mohammad
El Halabi.”

 

If it emerges that the scope of your request is unclear or is too large
for processing, the department will contact you to discuss re-scoping the
request.

 

Timeframe for receiving our decision:

We received your request on 17 October 2021 and the 30-day statutory
period for processing your request commenced from the day after that date.
The period of 30 days may be extended in certain circumstances.  We will
advise you if any extension of time is required.

 

Charges:

Please note that the Department may issue charges for processing FOI
requests.  We will advise you of any relevant charges when we are in a
position to estimate the resources required to process your request.

 

Disclosure log:

Please note that, with some exceptions (such as personal information),
documents released under the FOI Act may later be published on the
department’s disclosure log:
[6]https://www.dfat.gov.au/about-us/corpora....

 

Exclusion of officials’ names and contact details:

It is the Department’s policy to withhold the mobile numbers of all
government officials, and the names and contact details of government
officials not in the Senior Executive Service (SES) or equivalent.  If you
require the mobile numbers of all government officials, or the names and
contact details of non-SES officials, please let us know at
[7][DFAT request email] so the decision-maker may consider; otherwise we will
take it that you agree to that information being excluded from the scope
of your request.

 

Personal Information:

If we need to consult with other people or organisations regarding your
FOI request, we may need to disclose your personal information (e.g. your
name).  When we consult it may be apparent that you have made a request,
even if we do not disclose your identity.  Please let us know if you have
any concerns in this regard.  The Department’s privacy policy is available
at dfat.gov.au/privacy.html.

 

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to
contact us by return e-mail at [8][DFAT request email]

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

DFAT FOI Team

Freedom of Information and Privacy Law Section
Legal Division | Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
[9]DFAT.GOV.AU | [10]Twitter | [11]Facebook | [12]Flickr | [13]YouTube

 

 

 

 

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Gareth William Smith

Dear FOI,
The time for you to respond to my request has now passed and I have heard nothing from you other than a comment that the scope of my request is to large or vague and that you will be contacting me to "rescope" it. When will this happen?

Yours sincerely,

Gareth William Smith

FOI, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

1 Attachment

OFFICIAL

 

FOI Request: LEX4553

 

Dear Mr Smith

 

As outlined in the correspondence of 12 November, searches by the
department identified a large volume of material, the processing of which
we assess would constitute a substantial and unreasonable diversion of the
department’s resources from its other operations. On this basis, the
department intends to refuse to grant access to the documents captured by
your request.  However, you are welcome to revise the scope of your
request in line with section 24AB(2)(e) of the Act, in order so that it
might be processed.

 

Regards

 

DFAT FOI Team

Freedom of Information and Privacy Law Section
Legal Division | Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
[1]DFAT.GOV.AU | [2]Twitter | [3]Facebook | [4]Flickr | [5]YouTube

 

 

 

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