Employee information provided to ballot agents in Enterprise Agreement bargaining

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From: James Smith

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Dear Department of Communications and the Arts,

This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act.

I request the document(s) which describe the data provided to the external organisation(s) responsible for conducting the ballot(s) for all Enterprise Agreements put to staff for a vote.

The scope of this request is limited only to those ballots undertaken for enterprise agreements which were proposed to take effect after 30 June 2014.

The document shall describe the data given to the ballot agent. For example, employee name, employee identification number, employee email address, etc. I exclude the data for specific employees here; I am only after the 'meta-data'.

If it assists you to treat this as an administrative request for information I encourage you to do so. Otherwise, please consider this a formal FOI request.

Yours faithfully,

James Smith

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FOI 23-1617

 

Dear Mr Smith,

 

I refer to your email dated 16 February 2017 and sent to the Department at
7:51 pm, seeking access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act) to:

 

“…document(s) which describe the data provided to the external
organisation(s) responsible for conducting the ballot(s) for all
Enterprise Agreements put to staff for a vote.

 

The scope of this request is limited only to those ballots undertaken for
enterprise agreements which were proposed to take effect after 30 June
2014.

 

The document shall describe the data given to the ballot agent. For
example, employee name, employee identification number, employee email
address, etc.  I exclude the data for specific employees here; I am only
after the 'meta-data'...”

 

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Department’s [1]FOI Policy and that the 30 day statutory period for
processing the request commenced the day after the date that your request
was received by the Department, i.e. 17 February 2017.  You should
therefore expect a decision from us by 19 March 2017.  The period of 30
days may be extended in certain circumstances.  We will advise you if
there is any extension of time.

 

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practicable after the documents are released.  More information on the
Department’s disclosure log is available in the FOI Policy.

 

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contact me by return email.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[2]cid:C4234CC5-D32A-44FF-A754-F96227B373F7

 

FOI Coordinator  /  Office of the General Counsel  

Department of Communications and the Arts

E [Department of Communications and the Arts request email]

 

38 Sydney Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

GPO Box 2154 Canberra ACT 2601

  

[3]communications.gov.au

[4]cid:17F0759F-5B67-41BB-B991-66700A2CA00A [5]@CommsAu

 

[6]arts.gov.au

[7]cid:17F0759F-5B67-41BB-B991-66700A2CA00A [8]@artsculturegov

 

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advice, you avoid waiving privilege.  Please consult the author of the
advice if unsure about appropriate handling.

 

 

 

 

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FOI 23-1617

 

Dear Mr Smith,

 

Please see attached correspondence in relation to your FOI Request.

 

 

[1]cid:C4234CC5-D32A-44FF-A754-F96227B373F7

 

FOI Coordinator  /  Office of the General Counsel  

Department of Communications and the Arts

E [Department of Communications and the Arts request email]

 

38 Sydney Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

GPO Box 2154 Canberra ACT 2601

  

[2]communications.gov.au

[3]cid:17F0759F-5B67-41BB-B991-66700A2CA00A [4]@CommsAu

 

[5]arts.gov.au

[6]cid:17F0759F-5B67-41BB-B991-66700A2CA00A [7]@artsculturegov

 

This email and any attachments may contain confidential information or
legal advice over which legal professional privilege can be claimed.  Such
privilege is not waived and you should ensure that, in the handling of the
advice, you avoid waiving privilege.  Please consult the author of the
advice if unsure about appropriate handling.

 

 

 

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7. https://twitter.com/artsculturegov?lang=en

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