Dear Department of Home Affairs,
I checked the EOI dashboard statistics, data is available only till 30th Nov. Would appreciate if you can provide the total number of EOI's for visa subclass 189 submitted for occupation code 261111 ( ICT Business Analyst) by points from 75-120 points as on 26th March 2021.
In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 21/04/00129
Offer to Withdraw Freedom of Information Access Request
I refer to your correspondence of 26 March 2021 seeking access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).
Your request has been allocated the FOI reference number referred to above. Please include your FOI reference number in all correspondence with the Freedom of Information Section.
As you may be aware, earlier this year the Department launched a dashboard on its SkillSelect website to provide visa Expression of Interest (EOI) statistics. The Department has undertaken a review of the SkillSelect Dashboard to ensure that there is no reasonable chance of an individual being re-identified from the EOI statistics.
The dashboard is now available again and can be accessed via the Department’s SkillSelect web page and comprises a comprehensive library of historic and current statistics in relation to Expressions of Interest (EOIs). The dashboard is a one-stop shop for SkillSelect EOI statistics and is freely available on demand, without any need to formally request the statistics and wait for such a request to be processed. Bypassing the FOI process will significantly reduce delays in obtaining the same information as has previously been provided in response to FOI requests.
As this information is now publically available, you may wish to withdraw you FOI request. If you do not advise the Department that you wish to continue with this FOI request within 5 days of this email, your request will be taken to have been withdrawn.
The Department’s handling of personal information is regulated by the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act). Guidance published by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is that information will be de-identified, and therefore not subject to the protections in the Privacy Act, where the risk of an individual being re-identified is very low. De-identification is not a fixed state. Rather, re-identification risks and their controls require ongoing monitoring and review.
The Department’s view is that the current controls are appropriate to reduce the risk that an individual can be re-identified from the statistics accessible from the SkillSelect Dashboard to very low.
Contacting the FOI Section
Should you wish to discuss your request you may contact the FOI Section at [Department of Home Affairs request email]
Position Number: 60007069MS
Freedom of Information Section
FOI and Records Management Branch | Data Division
Strategy & Law Enforcement Group
Please make efforts to update the Dashboard statistics, the latest data upload was on November 2020. I am requesting data till March 2021 - as the number of EOI's will help us in adjudging where we stand in the migration process. Thanks for the support.
14 March 2021
Mr J Naveen
BY EMAIL: [email address]
In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 21/04/00129
File Number: ADF2020/61138
Dear Mr Naveen
Freedom of Information (FOI) request - Access Decision
On 26 March, the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) received a
request for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(the FOI Act).
The purpose of this letter is to provide you with a decision on your
request for access under the FOI Act.
You have requested access to the following documents:
Provide the total number of EOI's for visa subclass 189 submitted for
occupation code 261111 ( ICT Business Analyst) by points from 75-120
points as on 26th March 2021.
1 Authority to make decision
I am an officer authorised under section 23 of the FOI Act to make
decisions in respect of requests to access documents or to amend or
2 Relevant material
In reaching my decision I referred to the following:
· the terms of your request
· the document relevant to the request
· the FOI Act
· Guidelines published by the Office of the Information Commissioner
under section 93A of the FOI Act (the FOI Guidelines)
· advice from Departmental officers with responsibility for matters
relating to the document to which you sought access
3 Document in scope of request
The Department has consulted with the relevant area of the business in
relation to the documents you have requested access to and finds no
relevant document holdings.
The Department does not hold an existing discrete document that contains
the data you are seeking.
The Department has considered whether it can extract this data in
accordance with section 17(1) of the FOI Act.
The obligation for retrieving or collating information stored in a
computer system arises if:
· the Department could produce a written document containing the
information using a computer or other equipment that is ordinarily
available to the agency for retrieving or collating stored information,
· producing a written document would not substantially and
unreasonably divert the resources of the agency from its other operations
In Collection Point Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation the full bench of
the Federal Court decided that if a new computer program is required to be
written to produce the document then a computer is not being used in a
manner that is ordinarily available to the agency because an extraordinary
step is required to be taken (Collection Point Pty Ltd v Commissioner of
Taxation  FCAFC 67 ).
The Department’s ordinary use of computer systems includes measures to
provide the public with access to Expression of Interest (EOI) data. The
Department maintains a dashboard on its SkillSelect website to provide
regular updates on EOI data:
To compile the information you have requested into a discrete document
would require that additional and extraordinary measures be undertaken.
This is not what section 17 of the FOI Act requires. Section 17 only
requires a new document to be created when it is possible to do so using a
computer or other equipment to extract data.
The data you have requested is of a detail that cannot be reported on from
the Department’s computer systems. Either the data is not collected to
that level of detail, or it is not possible to extract the data using a
computer system in a manner that is ordinarily available to it.
I am satisfied that the Department is not able to produce a written
document containing the information you seek in your request in a discrete
form using a computer or other equipment ordinarily available to it.
Having regard to your request and the types of document that may fall
within the scope of your request I am satisfied that the searches
conducted were extremely thorough and all reasonable steps have been taken
to locate any document relevant to your request.
Section 24A of the FOI Act provides that the Department may refuse a
request for access to a document if all reasonable steps have been taken
to find the document and the Department is satisfied that the document
does not exist.
I am satisfied that the Department has undertaken reasonable searches in
relation your request and that no documents were in the possession of the
Department on 26 March 2021 when your FOI request was received. As such, I
am refusing your request based on the application of section 24A of the
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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C2.... If you are unable to
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6 Your Review Rights
If you disagree with this decision, you have the right to apply for an
internal review by the Department of this decision. Any request for
internal review must be provided to the Department within 30 days of you
being notified of the decision. Where possible please attach reasons why
you believe a review of the decision is necessary. The internal review
will be carried out by an officer other than the original decision maker
and the Department must make a review decision within 30 days.
Applications for review should be sent to:
By email to: [email address]
By mail to:
Freedom of Information Section
Department of Home Affairs
PO Box 25
BELCONNEN ACT 2617
Review by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
You may apply directly to the Office of the Australian Information
Commissioner (OAIC) for a review of this decision. You must apply in
writing within 60 days of this notice. For further information about
review rights and how to submit a request for a review to the OAIC, please
see Fact Sheet 12 "Freedom of information – Your review rights", available
7 Making a Complaint
You may complain to the Australian Information Commissioner about action
taken by the Department in relation to your request.
Your enquiries to the Australian Information Commissioner can be directed
Phone 1300 363 992 (local call charge)
Email [email address]
There is no particular form required to make a complaint to the Australian
Information Commissioner. The request should be in writing and should set
out the grounds on which it is considered that the action taken in
relation to the request should be investigated and identify the Department
of Home Affairs as the relevant agency.
8 Contacting the FOI Section
Should you wish to discuss this decision, please do not hesitate to
contact the FOI Section at [Department of Home Affairs request email].
Position number 60097486
Authorised Decision Maker | Freedom of Information Section
FOI and Records Management Branch
Data Division | Strategy and Law Enforcement Group
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