Directions from Ministers in relation to FOI requests

Ben Fairless made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Border Force

Australian Border Force did not have the information requested.

From: Ben Fairless

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Dear Australian Customs and Border Protection Service,

I request, under the Freedom of Information Act, documents
(including, but not limited to, emails, letters or other notes to
which the department has access) which reference requests,
decisions or opinions by either the minister responsible for the Department or any other currently serving federal minister on
how the department should handle Freedom of Information (FOI)
requests.

I also request that the charges associated with this request be
waived on public interest grounds, due to the importance of FOI
(and requests, decisions or opinions by Ministers in
relation to how the department manages FOI requests) has in keeping
the Government to account.

Yours faithfully,

Ben Fairless

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From: FOI Coordinator

Thank you for your email. This is an automated response to advise you that your email has been received by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service's FOI Coordinator.

If you wish to lodge a request for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), please ensure that your request is in writing, states that it is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act and provides sufficient detail describing the documents you wish to access.

Further details on how to make a valid FOI request can be found on the agency’s website at: http://www.customs.gov.au/foi/requesting....

The FOI Coordinator will acknowledge your request within 14 days.

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From: FOI Coordinator

Dear Mr Fairless

I refer to your email dated 22 February 2014 in which you have sought access to documents containing directions from the Minister on how ACBPS should handle Freedom of Information requests, under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

Your application was received on 22 February 2014, and the 30 day statutory period for processing your request will commence from that date.

I hope to be able to advise you of our decision on your request in the near future.

Where documents are released to you in response to your request, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service may be required to publish these documents on its website within 10 working days in accordance with section 11C of the FOI Act. Publication will not be required where the documents contain personal or business affairs information.

Should you have any queries regarding the progress of your request, please contact me at [Customs request email].

With kind regards
FOI Coordinator | Operations and Information Law Section
Legal Services Branch | Integrity, Security and Assurance Division
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

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Attachment 20140312 Notice of Decision.pdf
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Good morning Mr Fairless

Request for access to documents – Freedom of Information Act 1982

Please find attached a Notice of Decision from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service for your information.

With kind regards
FOI Coordinator | Operations and Information Law Section Legal Services Branch | Integrity, Security and Assurance Division Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

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