Employee information provided to ballot agents in Enterprise Agreement bargaining

James Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Jobs and Small Business

The request was partially successful.

From: James Smith

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Dear Department of Employment,

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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From: Employment - FOI

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Dear Mr Smith

 

I refer to your request below received by the Department of Employment
(the Department) on 16 February 2017.

 

I am happy to treat this as an administrative request for information.

 

I am advised that the following list describes the types of data about
eligible employees provided to the external organisation responsible for
conducting the ballots for the Department’s proposed enterprise agreements
over the relevant period:

 

·         Surname

·         First name

·         Classification

·         Payroll number (Australian Government Service number)

·         User ID

·         Departmental email address (for employees not on leave during
access/voting period)

·         Private email address and/or residential address (for employees
on leave during access/voting period)

·         Dispatch type (i.e. whether sent by email and/or post)

 

We hope this information satisfies your request. If so, we invite you to
formally withdraw your request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(Cth) by return email.

 

If however you require further information in respect of this matter,
please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Kind regards

 

Information Law, Practice Management and Corporate Advising Branch

Australian Government Department of Employment

Phone (02) 6240 7310

[1][email address] |www.employment.gov.au

 

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From: James Smith

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Dear FOI officer

Thank you for providing this information.

Can you please confirm if the ballot results given to the department include any information on how the ratio of yes/no votes differed by Classification? Or are the results simply the number of total YES votes and the number of NO votes?

Yours sincerely,

James Smith

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From: Employment - FOI

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Dear Mr Smith
 
I am advised that the Department received only the total number of YES
votes and the total number of NO votes. The Department did not receive a
ratio of yes/no votes by classification.
 
If you require further information in respect of this matter, please do
not hesitate to contact us.
 
Kind regards
 
Information Law, Practice Management and Corporate Advising Branch
Australian Government Department of Employment
Phone (02) 6240 7310
[1][email address] |www.employment.gov.au
 
Corporate Legal: professionalism, collaboration and quality in legal
services and compliance.
 
 
 
 

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From: James Smith

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Dear Employment - FOI,

Thank you for your email.

I would like to see the documents in which the department was notified of the ballot results for all ballots held from 1 July 2013.

Please advise if you are prepared to provide this as a re-scope of this request, or if you prefer I resubmit a new request.

Yours sincerely,

James Smith

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