Drug policies and testing

Josh made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

From: Josh

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Dear Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority,

I am requesting documentation under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, regarding the following:

- Documents outlining any and all illegal and legal drugs for recreation and/or performance enhancement in the NRL, AFL, A-League and Australian Institute of Sports programs
- Any discussions, documents, consultations or reviews between members of the ASADA program and all media and code representatives regarding the legalisation of any banned substances dated between December 31, 2013 and February 18, 2015.
- Any and all documentations outlining mandatory drug testing programs and requirements for all athletes in the NRL, AFL, A-League and Australian Institute of Sports programs
Thank you for your efforts.

Kind Regards,

Josh

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From: Emily Fitton
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Dear Josh,

 

I refer to your email dated Friday 20 February 2015, in which you sought
access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (‘FOI Act’) to:

“- Documents outlining any and all illegal and legal drugs for recreation
and/or performance enhancement in the NRL, AFL, A-League and Australian
Institute of Sports programs

- Any discussions, documents, consultations or reviews between members of
the ASADA program and all media and code representatives regarding the
legalisation of any banned substances dated between December 31, media and
code representatives regarding the legalisation of any banned substances
dated between December 31, 2013 and February 18, 2015

- Any and all documentations outlining mandatory drug testing programs and
requirements for all athletes in the NRL, AFL, A-League and Australian
Institute of Sports programs.”

 

A valid Freedom of Information Request (‘FOI Request’) was received on
Friday 20 February 2015.  The processing period for your FOI Request will
commence from that date.

 

We will email you shortly advising whether charges will be imposed and
provide you with a preliminary assessment of the charges for processing
your request. If the estimated charges exceed $100, a deposit of 25% will
be sought. For estimated charges less than $100, a deposit of $20 will be
sought. You should note that work will not commence on your application
until the deposit has been paid.

 

When the matter is finalised a decision letter and final account will be
sent to you. This final account will be based on actual time spent on
search and retrieval, vetting and decision making in relation to your
request and is payable whether or not any documents are released.

 

Should we need to consult as part of responding to your FOI Request we
propose to disclose this request and your name to those parties.

 

I hope to be able to advise you of our decision on your request in the
near future. Should you have any queries regarding the progress of your
request, please contact either myself on (02) 6222 4241 or Stephen White
on (02) 6222 4259 or [1][ASADA request email]

 

Regards,  

 

Emily Fitton

Lawyer

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

                        

T +61 (02) 6222 4241

F +61 (02) 6222 4391

 

E [2][email address]

W [3]www.asada.gov.au

 

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From: Emily Fitton
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Dear Josh,

 

I refer to your application under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(Cth) (‘FOI Act’) lodged with ASADA on 20 February 2015 (‘FOI Request’).  

 

Due to staffing absences and an increased volume of FOI requests, pursuant
to section 15AA of the FOI Act, we kindly request a thirty (30) day
extension until Wednesday, 22 April 2015 to finalise your FOI Request.

 

If you could please confirm whether you agree to the above extension by
close of business Friday, 13 February 2015 that would be greatly
appreciated. 

 

If you require any further clarification, please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

Regards,  

 

Emily Fitton

Lawyer

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

                        

T +61 (02) 6222 4241

F +61 (02) 6222 4391

 

E [1][email address]

W [2]www.asada.gov.au

 

From: Emily Fitton
Sent: 25 February 2015 9:32 AM
To: '[FOI #965 email]'
Subject: HPRM: RE: HPRM: FOI Request [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

 

Dear Josh,

 

I refer to my below email of yesterday’s date.

 

There was a typographical error in the second point of the first
paragraph. It should have read:

“Any discussions, documents, consultations or reviews between members of
the ASADA program and all media and code representatives regarding the
legalisation of any banned substances dated between December 31, 2013 and
February 18, 2015.”

 

I apologise for any misunderstanding this may have caused.

 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to make contact.

 

Regards,

 

Emily Fitton

Lawyer

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

                        

T +61 (02) 6222 4241

F +61 (02) 6222 4391

 

E [3][email address]

W [4]www.asada.gov.au

 

From: Emily Fitton
Sent: 24 February 2015 10:17 AM
To: '[FOI #965 email]'
Subject: HPRM: FOI Request [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

 

Dear Josh,

 

I refer to your email dated Friday 20 February 2015, in which you sought
access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (‘FOI Act’) to:

“- Documents outlining any and all illegal and legal drugs for recreation
and/or performance enhancement in the NRL, AFL, A-League and Australian
Institute of Sports programs

- Any discussions, documents, consultations or reviews between members of
the ASADA program and all media and code representatives regarding the
legalisation of any banned substances dated between December 31, media and
code representatives regarding the legalisation of any banned substances
dated between December 31, 2013 and February 18, 2015

- Any and all documentations outlining mandatory drug testing programs and
requirements for all athletes in the NRL, AFL, A-League and Australian
Institute of Sports programs.”

 

A valid Freedom of Information Request (‘FOI Request’) was received on
Friday 20 February 2015.  The processing period for your FOI Request will
commence from that date.

 

We will email you shortly advising whether charges will be imposed and
provide you with a preliminary assessment of the charges for processing
your request. If the estimated charges exceed $100, a deposit of 25% will
be sought. For estimated charges less than $100, a deposit of $20 will be
sought. You should note that work will not commence on your application
until the deposit has been paid.

 

When the matter is finalised a decision letter and final account will be
sent to you. This final account will be based on actual time spent on
search and retrieval, vetting and decision making in relation to your
request and is payable whether or not any documents are released.

 

Should we need to consult as part of responding to your FOI Request we
propose to disclose this request and your name to those parties.

 

I hope to be able to advise you of our decision on your request in the
near future. Should you have any queries regarding the progress of your
request, please contact either myself on (02) 6222 4241 or Stephen White
on (02) 6222 4259 or [5][ASADA request email]

 

Regards,  

 

Emily Fitton

Lawyer

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

                        

T +61 (02) 6222 4241

F +61 (02) 6222 4391

 

E [6][email address]

W [7]www.asada.gov.au

 

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From: Josh

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Dear Emily Fitton,

In response to your request for a 30 day extension, that is completely fine and will happily wait to extra 30 days to have the request fulfilled

Yours sincerely,

Josh

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From: Emily Fitton
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Thanks Josh.

Emily Fitton
Lawyer
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
                        
T +61 (02) 6222 4241
F +61 (02) 6222 4391

E [email address]
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From: Emily Fitton
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Dear Josh,

 

I refer to our previous correspondence in relation to your Freedom of
Information Request (‘FOI Request’), which was lodged with ASADA on
Friday, 20 February 2015.

 

We have now considered the terms of your FOI Request in more detail and we
are unclear what it is that you are seeking.  The request, in its present
form, could be interpreted as very broad in scope and, based on our
current understanding of your request, could also cover a significant
amount of material with is publically available (e.g. anti-doping policies
of major Australian sporting bodies such as the NRL, AFL and FFA). 
Accordingly, we would like to consult with you to clarify the scope of
your request to ensure that we are clear as to what documents you
require.  Once we have a better understanding of the documents you are
seeking under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (‘FOI Act’) we
will be in a position to process your FOI Request.

Further, in the context of refining what documents you are seeking under
the FOI Act, we would also like you to confirm whether you seek, as part
of your FOI Request:

 1. documents that are already in the public domain or otherwise
publically available;
 2. duplicates of documents;
 3. chains of emails which are not the final email in the chain; or
 4. draft documents (that is you only require final versions of
documents).

 

You can contact me directly by email or by phone on 02 6222 4241.
 Alternatively, if you’re willing to provide your telephone details, I can
contact you directly and we can discuss these issues in more detail.

 

If you could please provide me with your response by COB Wednesday, 18
March 2015 that would be greatly appreciated.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if you
would like to discuss.

 

Regards,

 

Emily Fitton

Lawyer

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

                        

T +61 (02) 6222 4241

F +61 (02) 6222 4391

 

E [1][email address]

W [2]www.asada.gov.au

 

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Ben Fairless left an annotation ()

Hi Josh,

I've noticed you've marked this request as awaiting a response, have you spoken with ASADA to clarify what you are looking for? If so, it would be great if you could let us know what the changes you've made are :)

Ben

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