Dear Australian Federal Police,
Please provide a copy of your internal guidance on assessing whether requested documents are exempt or not under the various FOI Act provisions.
I understand there is a standard document/guide that is sent internally with every FOI request to the teams actually looking for / assessing the documents so that they have some guidance as to what is or isn't exempt
I would like a copy of that document
Apart from non-SES names and contact details, I anticipate it would be released in full
YOUR FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – CRM 2021/565
I refer to your request dated 6 April 2021, seeking access to documents
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act) as follows:
Seeking: A copy of the AFP’S internal guidance on assessing whether
requested documents are exempt or not under the various FOI Act
provisions. Applicant understands there is a standard document/guide that
is sent internally with every FOI request to the teams actually looking
for / assessing the documents so that they have some guidance as to what
is or is not exempt and would like a copy of that document. Apart from
non-SES names and contact details, Applicant anticipates the document
would be released in full.
Your request was received by the AFP on 6 April 2021, and the 30 day
statutory period for processing your request commenced from that date. The
due date for your request is 06 May 2021.
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Information irrelevant to the scope of your request
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Australian Federal Police