Current and Historical Instructions to Airline Employees regarding COVID-19 Outward Travel Restrictions

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Dear Department of Home Affairs,

I respectfully request under FOI the following information from the period of 15 March 2020 until the date of this request (20 December 2021):

(1) A copy of any current instructions or guidance documents provided (or otherwise made available) to airlines and airline employees regarding COVID-19 related Outward Travel Restrictions.

(2) A copy of any historical instructions or guidance documents provided (or otherwise made available) to airlines and airline employees regarding COVID-19 related Outward Travel Restrictions.

Yours faithfully,

Regina Jefferies

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 21/12/00862
File Number: OBJ2021/36548

Dear Ms Jefferies

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

I refer to your correspondence received on 21 December 2021 seeking access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

Scope of request

You have requested access to the following:
I respectfully request under FOI the following information from the period of 15 March 2020 until the date of this request (20 December 2021):

(1) A copy of any current instructions or guidance documents provided (or otherwise made available) to airlines and airline employees regarding COVID-19 related Outward Travel Restrictions.

(2) A copy of any historical instructions or guidance documents provided (or otherwise made available) to airlines and airline employees regarding COVID-19 related Outward Travel Restrictions.

Your request was received by the Department on 21 December 2021 and has been allocated FOI request number FA 21/12/00862. Please include your FOI request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of Information Section.

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FOI, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL

Good afternoon Ms Jefferies

I refer to your request received on 21 December 2021 for access to
documents under the FOI Act. 

The current due date for your request is 20 January 2022. 

In order for the Department to complete the process of retrieving all the
documents that fall within the scope of your request the Department will
require additional time to process your request.

The Department holds a number of documents falling with the scope of your
request upon which it will be necessary for our agency to consult with
other Government agencies.  In order to complete the process of that
consultation the Department will require additional time to process your
request.

The Department seeks your agreement under section 15AA of the FOI Act to
extend the timeframe for the processing of your request by 30 days.  This
would extend the due date for your request to Saturday 19 February 2022.
However, as this date falls on a non-working day, section 36(2) of the
Acts Interpretation Act 1901 provides that the latest date the Department
may issue a decision would be the next working day, which is Monday 21
February 2022.

It would assist the Department in managing its FOI caseload if you could
provide a response to this request by close of business, Thursday 20
January 2022

If you wish to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to
contact me on the details below.

 

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Min Ai

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Data Division

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Good Afternoon,

I agree to the extension, as outlined in your e-mail. Thank you for your assistance.

All the best,

Regina Jefferies

Dear FOI,

Please provide an update on the status of this FOI request. The extended due date was set as Saturday 19 February 2022, yet there has been no response.

Yours sincerely,

Regina Jefferies

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL

Dear Ms Jefferies

Please be assured that your request is being progressed. I regret it is not possible to estimate a timeframe at this stage.

Yours sincerely

Guy
Position no. 60103474
Freedom of Information Section
FOI and Records Management Branch | Data Division
Strategy & National Resilience Group
E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]
Department of Home Affairs - www.homeaffairs.gov.au

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FOI, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL

Dear Ms Jefferies

I regret the delay in processing your case.

In view of the age of the information you are requesting, would you please confirm that you still require access to it?

I would appreciate your response by COB Friday 13 May 2022.

Yours sincerely

Guy
Position no. 60103474
Freedom of Information Section
FOI and Records Management Branch | Data Division
Strategy & National Resilience Group
E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]
Department of Home Affairs - www.homeaffairs.gov.au

OFFICIAL

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Regina Jefferies

Dear FOI,

Yes, I would still like for you to provide the information I requested.

Yours sincerely,

Regina Jefferies