Conduct of functions of OAIC from 1 january 2015

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From: Peter Timmins

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Dear Attorney-General's Department,

This is an application under the Freedom of Information Act for documents concerning discussions with the Office of Australian Information Commissioner about the conduct of its functions from 1 January 2015 including proposals put to or received from the Office concerning funding and staffing, and any agreement or understanding reached on these and related matters.

In the Senate Estimates hearing on 11 December 2014 FAS Matt Minogue told the Committee the Department was "in discussions" with Professor McMillan as to how best to deal with the consequences arising from the fact that the Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill had not been considered by the Senate before it adjourned for the year.

Mr Minogue also said "we are in discussion with Professor McMillan" about the best way to deal with external review mechanisms "given that it is not just the interests of the department or the office but the interests of applicants as well. And those conversations are continuing." He later referred to ongoing discussions about the retention of surplus funds held by the Office as at 31 December 2014.

Should dealing with this application involve more than five hours processing time, I seek waiver of charges on the grounds that disclosing the documents would be in the public interest.

The office is a key element in the Freedom of Information framework and in the exercise of citizen rights conferred by the act.The OAIC describes the information commissioner functions as "designed to ensure maximum coordination, efficiency and transparency in government information policy and practice."

Disclosure of documents concerning discussion about the conduct of these functions would advance public debate on this topic of current importance.

My address for service is the website used to lodge this application.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Timmins

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UNCLASSIFIED

FOI15/015;  15/1788

4 February 2015

Peter Timmins

By email only: [1][FOI #891 email]

Dear Mr Timmins

Freedom of Information Request FOI 15/015

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act) for access to documents relating to the functions of the Office of
the Australian Information Commissioner from 1 January 2015.  I have taken
your request to be for:

documents concerning discussions with the Office of Australian Information
Commissioner about the conduct of its functions from 1 January 2015,
including:

·         proposals put to or received from the Office concerning funding
and staffing, and

·         any agreement or understanding reached on these and related
matters

If you disagree with this interpretation of your request, please let me
know as soon as possible.

We received your request on 28 January 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 27 February 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
[2]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 the department by telephone on
(02) 6141 6666 or by email at [3][AGD request email].

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

FOI Officer

Freedom of Information and Privacy Section | Office of Corporate Counsel

Attorney-General's Department | 3 - 5 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
(02) 6141 6666   [4][AGD request email]

 

 

 

 

 

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request concerns your personal information, we will collect the minimum
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From: Peter Timmins

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Dear FOI Requests,
Yes, please proceed on that basis.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Timmins

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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
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Dear Mr Timmins

I refer to your FOI request for access to documents relating to the functions of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner from 1 January 2015.

The department has so far conducted searches of our records back to 1 October 2014. The Branch with carriage of your matter advises it is unlikely records within the scope of your request would predate 1 October 2014.

Do you consent to refining the scope of your request to documents created after 30 September 2014?

Happy to discuss if you would like.

Yours sincerely,

Briony

FOI Officer
Freedom of Information and Privacy Section | Office of Corporate Counsel Attorney-General's Department | 3 - 5 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
A: (02) 6141 6666  (: [AGD request email]

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Dear FOI Requests,
Yes That's OK

Yours sincerely,

Peter Timmins

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UNCLASSIFIED

FOI15/015; 15/1788

4 February 2015

Peter Timmins

By email only: [1][FOI #891 email]
Dear Mr Timmins

Freedom of Information Request FOI 15/015

 

I refer to your request for access to documents relating to the functions
of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner from 1 January
2015 under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

I would like to request your consent to an extension of time to enable us
to complete processing your request.  Under section 15AA of the FOI, I am
empowered to seek your written agreement for an extension of up to 30
days.

The reason I am seeking this extension is the Branch contact officer best
placed to assess the documents identified as falling within the scope of
your request has been on sick leave for several days.  

At present, the due date for completion of your request is Friday 27
February 2015.  Should you be amenable to a seven (7) day extension your
request would fall due on Friday 6 March 2015.  Would you please advise us
in writing whether you agree to this extension.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this request at all
please contact the department by phone on (02) 6141 6666 or by email at
 [2][AGD request email].

Yours sincerely

 

FOI Officer

Freedom of Information and Privacy Section | Office of Corporate Counsel

Attorney-General's Department | 3 - 5 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
(: (02) 6141 6666  *: [3][AGD request email]

 

 

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When you make a request for documents or an inquiry about privacy matters,
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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....
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From: Peter Timmins

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Dear FOI Officer,
Sorry to hear that-there's a lot of it around at the moment.In the spirit of things, and I'm sure you'll reciprocate, agree to seven day extension.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Timmins

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UNCLASSIFIED

Dear Mr Timmins

 

Please find attached a decision in relation to your request for documents
under the FOI Act, as well as a schedule of documents and copies of the
documents released.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

FOI Officer

Freedom of Information and Privacy Section | Office of Corporate Counsel

Attorney-General's Department | 3 - 5 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
(: (02) 6141 6666  *: [1][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....
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