COVIDSafe app contact tracing statistics

Currently waiting for a response from Department of Health, they should respond promptly and normally no later than (details).

Dear Department of Health,

Please provide the following information in relation to the Commonwealth COVIDSafe application:

1) What is the total number of unique users of the COVIDSafe app in Sydney in August 2021 compared to August 2020?
2) How many exposures have been traced by the COVIDSafe app in Sydney since 16th June 2021?

For clarity, please treat 'Sydney' as referring to the following postcodes: 2000-2249, 2555-2574, 2740-2786. I do not require a breakdown by postcode, a total number for Sydney will be suitable.

Yours faithfully,
Jackson Smith

FOI, Department of Health

Attention: Jackson Smith

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – NOTIFICATION OF RECEIPT AND REQUEST FOR AN EXTENSION OF TIME

I am writing to notify you that the Department of Health (department) received your request on 6 September 2021 for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) being:

1) What is the total number of unique users of the COVIDSafe app in Sydney in August 2021 compared to August 2020?
2) How many exposures have been traced by the COVIDSafe app in Sydney since 16th June 2021?

The statutory timeframe for processing your request is 30 calendar days within which a decision on access to the requested documents is to be notified. The department may impose a charge for the work involved in providing access to the documents. If this request attracts a charge you will be notified in writing.

Unless you advise otherwise, draft and duplicate documents, along with Commonwealth employee names and contact details below Senior Executive Service level and mobile telephone numbers of all staff will be excluded from the scope of your request under s22(1)(a)(ii) of the FOI Act.

Request for extension of time

As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the department is dealing with a very high volume of FOI requests. To ensure the department can process your request in accordance with the requirements of the FOI Act, including locating and providing access to all relevant documents, the department would be grateful if you would agree to an extension of 30 calendar days for processing your request. If you agree, the department will endeavour to provide a decision to you by 5 November 2021.

Please contact the department by 10 September 2021 with your decision to the 30 day extension of processing time.

You can contact the FOI Unit on via email at [email address], should you have any questions.

Kind regards
FOI Officer

FOI and Legislation Support Section
Legal & Assurance Division |  Corporate Operations Group
Legal Advice & Legislation Branch
Australian Government Department of Health
E: [Health request email] 
GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

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Dear FOI Officer,

I confirm that I consent to the requested extension of time through to 5 November 2021.

Yours sincerely,

Jackson Smith