Documents relating to Classification of RimWorld

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Dear Classification Board,

I seek the following under the Freedom of Information Act 1982:

Any and all correspondence and documents after 1 January 2018 relating to decisions of the Classification Board and Classification Review Board regarding the Computer Games ‘RimWorld’ 2013, developed by Ludeon Studios.

Kind regards,
Alex Pentland

FOI, Classification Board

OFFICIAL

Good afternoon Alex,

As I am sure you are aware, the classification of the computer game 'RimWorld' has now changed; please see the following link for the media release:

https://www.classification.gov.au/about-...

With this in mind, could you please confirm if you would like to proceed with your original request?

Should you intend to proceed with your original request, could you please clarify the following:

- In your original request, you have asked for access to 'any and all' correspondence - could you please confirm if this includes documents relating to complaints about the original classification of the game?

Should you like to change the scope of your request to cover the new classification, please note that you will need to withdraw your current request and resubmit a new FOI request. Should you intend to withdraw your original request, please advise in writing.

So that we can progress your request, please provide a response by return email by close of business Wednesday 27 April 2022.

Thank you,

Kristin
FOI Officer  •  Integrity Projects & Freedom of Information  •  People, Governance, Parliamentary & Communication Division
P: 02 6274 6294 E:[email address]
GPO Box 594 Canberra, ACT 2601

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
CONNECTING AUSTRALIANS  •  ENRICHING COMMUNITIES  •  EMPOWERING REGIONS
  infrastructure.gov.au

                                   
I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land on which we meet, work and live.
I recognise and respect their continuing connection to the land, waters and communities.
I pay my respects to Elders past and present and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

OFFICIAL

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Dear FOI,

I thank you for your reply and hope you understand this initial request may be complicated by the change in classification.

To reply to some of your questions. yes, this request would involve documents relating to the initial classification (RC) of RimWorld.

Given the reclassification, I think I will, at a later date, submit a separate request for the re-classification. However, this request will deal primarily with the original classification.

Thank you very much for your keen awareness in this area.

Yours sincerely,

Alex Pentland

FOI, Classification Board

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Your email has been received by the FOI Coordinator for the Department of
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If you are contacting us with a request under the Freedom of Information
Act 1982 (the FOI Act), please be advised that we are working to confirm
the correct handling of this matter and will formally acknowledge your
request as soon as practicable with any next steps. You can expect this
contact to occur within 14 days of receipt of your email, in accordance
with paragraph 15(5)(a) of the FOI Act.

 

Thank you,

 

FOI Coordinator

Freedom of Information

Assurance, Integrity and Risk Branch

People, Governance, Parliamentary and Communication Division

E: [1][email address
GPO Box 594 Canberra, ACT 2601

 Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and
Communications
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FOI, Classification Board

OFFICIAL

Good afternoon Alex,

Thank you for your reply.

Clarification -

The area responsible for processing your request has identified in excess of 300 documents received from members of the public regarding the original classification of Rimworld. Please note that this is correspondence and that there are other documents that have been identified as falling within the scope of your request. Could you please confirm if you would like the correspondence from members of the public to be included in the document pack? Please note that if you affirm that you would like this correspondence included, your request may be refused on the basis that it is too voluminous and would constitute an excessive and unreasonable diversion of resources.

Extension -

The current statutory deadline for you to receive a response to your FOI request is 03 May 2022.

Due to the delay regarding the re-classification of Rimworld, our office is seeking your agreement to a 30 day extension of the statutory deadline under section 15AA [extension with agreement] of the FOI Act. We will endeavour to process your request as soon as we can meaning that it may be completed before the requested extension due date.
Should you agree, the statutory deadline for you to receive a response to your request will expire on 02 June 2022.

It would be much appreciated if you could confirm the question above regarding correspondence as well as confirm your agreement to this extension of time via e-mail by close of business Monday 02 May 2022.

Thank you,

Kristin
FOI Officer  •  Integrity Projects & Freedom of Information  •  People, Governance, Parliamentary & Communication Division
P: 02 6274 6294   E:[email address]
GPO Box 594 Canberra, ACT 2601

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
CONNECTING AUSTRALIANS  •  ENRICHING COMMUNITIES  •  EMPOWERING REGIONS
  infrastructure.gov.au

                                   
I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land on which we meet, work and live.
I recognise and respect their continuing connection to the land, waters and communities.
I pay my respects to Elders past and present and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

OFFICIAL

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Dear FOI,

I thank the department for their response clarifying the issue and thank them further for giving me additional time to review and explain my perspective on this request.

In terms of the clarification, I understand and accept that this would likely be too voluminous a task, particularly possible redactions for individuals. As such, I accept that these are to be excluded, and if necessary, can be pursued in a separate request if required.

In terms of the extension, I consent to the extension and accept that it is appropriate in this context.

I thank you for your work.

Yours sincerely,

Alex Pentland

FOI, Classification Board

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Your email has been received by the FOI Coordinator for the Department of
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will be actioned appropriately.

 

If you are contacting us with a request under the Freedom of Information
Act 1982 (the FOI Act), please be advised that we are working to confirm
the correct handling of this matter and will formally acknowledge your
request as soon as practicable with any next steps. You can expect this
contact to occur within 14 days of receipt of your email, in accordance
with paragraph 15(5)(a) of the FOI Act.

 

Thank you,

 

FOI Coordinator

Freedom of Information

Assurance, Integrity and Risk Branch

People, Governance, Parliamentary and Communication Division

E: [1][email address
GPO Box 594 Canberra, ACT 2601

 Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and
Communications
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Dear Classification Board,

I have given approval for an extension on the 1st of May, with the final date for the date of the decision to be 2 June. However, with the time now reaching 8 June 2022, I have not been provided either a decision or explanation.

If one is required in this case, I give my consent to it, however I am writing to inform you that the deadline has lapsed.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Pentland

FOI, Classification Board

OFFICIAL

Good afternoon Alex,

Thank you for your email and my apologies for the delay in getting these documents to you. I have sought a status update from the applicable line area and am hoping to be able to provide you with some official correspondence early next week. Again, my apologies for this delay.

Regards,

Kristin
A/g Assistant Director – Freedom of Information
•  Integrity Projects & Freedom of Information  •  People, Governance, Parliamentary & Communication Division
P: 02 6274 6294   E:[email address]
GPO Box 594 Canberra, ACT 2601

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
CONNECTING AUSTRALIANS  •  ENRICHING COMMUNITIES  •  EMPOWERING REGIONS
  infrastructure.gov.au

                                   

OFFICIAL

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Good afternoon Alex,

I refer to your FOI request FOI CB 22-008 received on 05 April 2022
requesting access to documents in the possession of the Department of
Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (the
department) in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the
FOI Act).

While processing your request, the department has identified that your
request includes documents from third party organisations. In accordance
with Section 26A of the FOI Act, the department is required to consult
with any third party agencies before making a decision on the release of
documents.

Section 15(6) of the FOI Act provides for an extension of 30 days to be
added to the statutory time limit for processing requests.  Therefore, the
deadline for providing you with the decision on your request is now 02
July 2022.

Please advise if you consent to FOI Directorate naming you as the
applicant to third parties for the purpose of consultation by: COB
Thursday 16 June 2022.

While you are under no obligation to reveal your identity as the applicant
and we will not disclose your identity without consent, in our
experience, third parties will generally be more likely to object to the
release of their information if they do not know who the applicant is.

Please contact me by return email if you have any questions regarding the
processing of your request. Please ensure that you quote the FOI tracking
number located in the subject line for all enquiries relating to this
request.

 

Regards,

Kristin

A/g Assistant Director – Freedom of Information

•  Integrity Projects & Freedom of Information  •  People, Governance,
Parliamentary & Communication Division

P: 02 6274 6294   E:[1][email address]
GPO Box 594 Canberra, ACT 2601

 

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and
Communications
CONNECTING AUSTRALIANS  •  ENRICHING COMMUNITIES  •  EMPOWERING REGIONS

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Dear FOI,

I consent to be named as the applicant to third parties in this process.

Yours sincerely,

Alex Pentland

FOI, Classification Board

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Your email has been received by the FOI Coordinator for the Department of
Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications and
will be actioned appropriately.

 

If you are contacting us with a request under the Freedom of Information
Act 1982 (the FOI Act), please be advised that we are working to confirm
the correct handling of this matter and will formally acknowledge your
request as soon as practicable with any next steps. You can expect this
contact to occur within 14 days of receipt of your email, in accordance
with paragraph 15(5)(a) of the FOI Act.

 

Thank you,

 

FOI Coordinator

Freedom of Information

Assurance, Integrity and Risk Branch

People, Governance, Parliamentary and Communication Division

E: [1][email address
GPO Box 594 Canberra, ACT 2601

 Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and
Communications
CONNECTING AUSTRALIANS  •  ENRICHING COMMUNITIES  •  EMPOWERING REGIONS

  [2]infrastructure.gov.au   [3]cid:image001.png@01D724A5.551E1E80

 

 

 

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