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Dear Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

Please release all documents received by the Government under Article 22(3) of the Protocol on the Accession of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership.

Yours faithfully,

John Smith

FOI FOI, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Mr Smith

 

Thank you for your email dated 23 June 2024 seeking access to documents
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

 

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

 

Scope of request:

You have sought access to:

 

… all documents received by the Government under Article 22(3) of the
Protocol on the Accession of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans
Pacific Partnership.

 

Timeframe for receiving our decision:

We received your request on 20 June 2024 and the 30-day statutory period
for processing your request commenced from the day after that date. A
decision is currently due to you by Monday 22 July 2024. The period of 30
days may be extended in certain circumstances. 

 

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, gender pronouns, 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 [1][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.

 

Kind regards

 

 

FOI Section

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FOI FOI, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Mr Smith

 

Thank you for your email dated 23 June 2024 seeking access to documents
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

 

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

 

Scope of request:

You have sought access to: all documents received by the Government under
Article 22(3) of the Protocol on the Accession of the United Kingdom of
Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Comprehensive and Progressive
Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership.

 

Timeframe for receiving our decision:

We received your request on 23 June 2024 and the 30-day statutory period
for processing your request commenced from the day after that date. A
decision is currently due to you by 23 July 2024. The period of 30 days
may be extended in certain circumstances. 

 

Charges:

Please note that the department may issue charges for processing FOI
requests.  If applicable, 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 [1]disclosure log.

 

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, gender pronouns, 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. Further information on the way the department
handles personal information is accessible via our [3]privacy policy.

 

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to
contact us by reply email.

 

Kind regards

 

 

FOI Section

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FOI FOI, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Mr Smith

 

I refer to your request made to the Department of Foreign Affairs and
Trade on 23 June 2024, for access under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 to:

 

… all documents received by the Government under Article 22(3) of the
Protocol on the Accession of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans
Pacific Partnership.

 

The department is currently working with our Information Management
Division to retrieve the documents we have identified as being relevant to
your request. As this will take some time, we are seeking your agreement
to a 30 day extension of time, until 23 August 2024, under section 15AA of
the FOI Act.

 

We would appreciate your advice in this regard by COB Wednesday 17 July
2024. If we do not hear from you, we may apply to the Office of the
Australian Information Commissioner for an extension of time under section
15AB of the FOI Act.

 

Kind regards

 

 

FOI Section

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Dear FOI Section,

I agree to a 30 day extension of time.

Yours sincerely,

John Smith