Copy of contracts between the Department and Primary Health Networks

Melissa Sweet made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health

The request was refused by Department of Health.

From: Melissa Sweet

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Dear Department of Health,

Could you please send through a copy of the latest contract and related reports, including workplans, between the Department and the Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network.

If possible, please treat this as an administrative/informal request. Otherwise please proceed with my request as a formal information request under the Act,

Thank you

Kind regards
Melissa Sweet

Yours faithfully,

Melissa Sweet

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Dear Ms Sweet

 

I refer to your request to the Department of Health seeking access under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to:

                ‘a copy of the latest contract and related reports,
including work plans, between the Department and the Hunter New England
Central Coast Primary Health Network.’

 

Ms Kristin English, Director – Freedom of Information and Legislation
Section, an officer authorised under subsection 23(1) of the FOI Act to
make decisions in relation to freedom of information requests, has decided
that you are liable to pay a charge in respect of the processing of your
request.

 

Preliminary Assessment

 

In accordance with section 29 of the FOI Act and the Freedom of
Information (Charges) Regulations 1982, my preliminary assessment of the
charge you are liable to pay is $1,170.95.

 

This has been calculated as follows:

 

search and 31.13 $466.95
retrieval hours
time @
(including $15.00
time spent per
locating hour
relevant
files and
collating
relevant
documents
contained on
those files)
decision 40.20 $804.00
making time hours
(including @  
time spent $20.00
examining the per ($100.00)
documents, hour
considering
exemptions,  
undertaking
consultation, Less
writing the first
decision and 5
preparing any hours
documents for free
release)
TOTAL   
$1,170.95

 

Deposit

 

Ms English has also decided that you are required to pay a deposit of
$292.72. Payment of a deposit is taken as your authority to proceed with
processing of your request and your agreement to pay the full charge in
which case you will become liable to the Commonwealth for the full cost of
processing the charge.

 

Payment

 

The Department can accept credit card, money order or cheque payments.

 

If you choose to pay by cheque (personal or bank) or money order it should
be sent to the following:

FOI Unit (MDP 516)

Department of Health

GPO Box 9848

CANBERRA ACT 2601

 

If you wish to pay by credit card, please contact the Department’s FOI
unit on (02) 6289 1666 to be further advised.

 

Response

 

Under the FOI Act, you have 30 days to respond in writing to this notice.
You must, within 30 days after this notice is given, do one of the
following things in writing: (i) advise the Department that you agree to
pay the charge, or (ii) advise the Department that you contend that the
charge has been wrongly assessed, or should be reduced or not imposed,
giving reasons for your contention, or (iii) advise the Department that
you withdraw the request for access to the documents concerned. Please
send your response to the above postal address or [1]this email address.
If you do not provide a response within 30 days, your freedom of
information request will be taken to have been withdrawn.

 

If you choose to make a contention that the charge should be reduced or
not imposed, the Department must, in making a decision on your contention,
take into account the matters set out in section 29(5) of the FOI Act or
any relevant matter.

 

Processing time

 

Processing of your request and counting the 60 calendar days are suspended
from the date you receive this notice and resume either when you pay the
deposit or when any contention you make about the charge has been
resolved.

 

Relevant provisions

 

The FOI Act, including the provisions referred to in this email, can be
accessed from the Federal Register of Legislation website.

 

If you require clarification of any of the matters discussed in this
letter you should contact the Department’s FOI Unit on (02) 62891666, or
by email at [2][email address].

 

 

Kind regards

 

Chantal

FOI Unit

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Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Legal & Assurance Division

Australian Government Department of Health

T: (02) 6289 1666 | E: [4][Health request email]

 

PO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

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throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and
community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders
both past and present.

 

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Dear Ms Sweet

 

I refer to your request to the Department of Health seeking access under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to:

 

‘a copy of the latest contract and related reports, including work plans,
between the Department and the Hunter New England Central Coast Primary
Health Network.’

              

As your request relates to documents which concern commercial information,
Decision maker – Assistant Secretary, HGND Program Delivery  Branch – an
officer authorised under section 23(1) of the FOI Act to make decisions in
relation to freedom of information requests, has determined that the
Department is required to consult with the relevant third parties before
making a decision on the release of those documents.  Subsection 15(6) of
the FOI Act provides for an extension of 30 days to the statutory time
limit for processing requests where such consultation is necessary.  The
time period for processing your request will be extended accordingly. 

 

If you require clarification of any of the matters discussed in this email
you should contact the Department’s FOI Unit on (02) 6289 1666, or by
email at [1][email address].

 

Kind regards,

 

Chantal

FOI Unit

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Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Legal & Assurance Division

Australian Government Department of Health

T: (02) 6289 1666 | E: [3][Health request email]

 

PO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the traditional owners of country
throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and
community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders
both past and present.

 

If you receive this email in error, please delete it and contact the
sender immediately.

 

 

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I have marked this as "refused". It is a deemed refusal because the authority did not give the applicant a notice of decision within the required time.

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