DHS Senior Executive Pay rise

James Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Human Services

Waiting for an internal review by Department of Human Services of their handling of this request.

From: James Smith

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Dear Department of Human Services,

With respect to the pay rise recently announced for SES staff, I seek all relevant documents which address compliance with the Workplace Bargaining Policy 2015.

I also seek any documentation which details any productivity or productivity-related measures linked to the SES pay offer, in addition to any documentation where approvals were sought from the person authorised to grant the payrise.

Yours faithfully

James Smith

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Attachment LEX23376 Registration Acknowledgement Letter.pdf
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Dear Mr Smith,

 

Please find enclosed correspondence in relation to your FOI request.

 

Regards,

 

FOI Legal team

FOI and Litigation Branch | Legal Services Division

Department of Human Services

Email: [email address]

 

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Attachment LEX 23376 Charges Charges notice.pdf
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Dear Mr Smith

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to your Freedom of
Information request (LEX 23376).

 

Regards

 

FOI Legal Team

FOI and Litigation Branch | Legal Services Division

Department of Human Services

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From: James Smith

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Dear FOI Legal Team

Thank you for your letter.

I contend the charges have been wrongly assessed.

In my view a decision making time of 10.77 hours is excessive. As you have indicated there are 7 pages in the documents you have identified. I would argue that even 1 hour per page is excessive, for that reason I suggest you accept my estimated decision making time of 3 hours.

If this is not acceptable to the department, please be advised I intend to lodge another FOI request after paying your current proposed charges in order to establish whether the estimated time was acceptable.

If it assists the department I am happy to exclude the names of all non-SES officers and the contact details of all officers.

Yours sincerely,

James Smith

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Attachment LEX 23376 charges reconsideration notification.pdf
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Attachment LEX 23376 Consultation notify applicant.pdf
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Hello Mr Smith,

 

Please find attached the following:

 

·         Reconsideration of charges; and

·         Notification of need to undertake third party consultation.

 

Kind regards,

 

FOI Legal Team

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Department of Human Services
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Locutus Sum left an annotation ()

I have marked this request today (Friday, 6 January 2017) as still awaiting internal review but this is not exactly true. Unfortunately the only other choices are to mark the request finalised but this also is not true. The department revised the estimate of costs for processing the FOI application. It is now for the applicant to decide whether or not to pay the charges. The correct status is: "Awaiting applicant's decision" but because this is not an available choice I have chosen the only not-final option!

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James Baldwin left an annotation ()

Locutus Sum, then why do it at all?

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Locutus Sum left an annotation ()

The answer to the question "why do it at all?" is simple. The software for Right to Know attaches a status to all requests. There is not such thing as a request without a status. When the status looks as if it has changed, or should change, the software gives the applicant time to indicate the status but if the applicant does not do this then an alert is created and the request continues on the alert list until either the old status is confirmed or a new status is allocated. To do nothing means that the request continues with the old status but also has the alert "Awaiting classification". To do some action, even if the action is to confirm the old status, at least removes the alert.

When I do the housekeeping on the "classification game" page, I try to get it right ... but maybe I get it wrong.

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