ESORT Minutes: Aug 2012; Mar 2013; May 2013 &14 Nov 2013;

The request was successful.

Dr Susan Kellett

Dear Department of Veterans' Affairs,

I request copies of the minutes of the Ex-Service Organization Round Table (ESORT) for meeting dates:

* 2August 2012;

* 27 March 2013;

* 14 May 2013; and

* 14 November 2013.

I am undertaking historical research and the links to these documents on the associated DVA page are not working. I am most grateful for any help you can provide.

Best wishes,

Dr Susan Kellett, PhD.

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Dear Dr Kellett,

 

Thank you for your recent request under Freedom of Information for copies
of certain ESORT Minutes.

 

We have reviewed the Department’s website and confirm that the hyperlinks
for the following dates appear to be broken: 2 August 2012, 27 March 2013,
14 May 2013 and 14 November 2013.

 

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

 

As these documents have previously been publically available, we should be
able to process your request administratively. Therefore, we ask that you
withdraw your FOI request at this stage.

 

We will make every effort to provide you with a copy of the minutes by no
later than 5 November 2020.

 

Should you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us via
return email.

 

Kind
regards,                                                                                        

 

Jess (position number 62227602)

Information Access Officer

Legal Services and Audit Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

T: 1800 555 254 | E: [1][email address]

A: GPO Box 9998, Canberra, ACT, 2601 | W: [2]www.dva.gov.au

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Dear Dr Kellett,

 

Regarding your request for historical ESORT Minutes.

 

We are pleased to advise that the hyperlinks to the minutes you requested
on our website have been repaired.

 

To access the minutes, you can go to:
[1]https://www.dva.gov.au/about-us/overview...

 

We have also attached them to this email for ease of access.

 

As we have been able to provide you with these documents administratively,
we would appreciate it if you could please reply to this email confirming
that you withdraw your FOI request.

 

Many thanks,

Jess

 

Jess (position number 62227602)

Information Access Officer

Legal Services and Audit Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

T: 1800 555 254 | E: [2][email address]

A: GPO Box 9998, Canberra, ACT, 2601 | W: [3]www.dva.gov.au

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[5]cid:image001.png@01D32593.9CC39540The Department acknowledges the
Traditional Owners of the land throughout Australia and their continuing
connection to country, sea and community. We pay our respect to all
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their cultures and to their
elders past and present

 

 

From: INFORMATION.LAW
Sent: Thursday, 8 October 2020 12:03 AM
To: '[FOI #6784 email]'
Cc: INFORMATION.LAW
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - ESORT Minutes: Aug 2012; Mar
2013; May 2013 &14 Nov 2013 [SEC=OFFICIAL]

 

Dear Dr Kellett,

 

Thank you for your recent request under Freedom of Information for copies
of certain ESORT Minutes.

 

We have reviewed the Department’s website and confirm that the hyperlinks
for the following dates appear to be broken: 2 August 2012, 27 March 2013,
14 May 2013 and 14 November 2013.

 

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

 

As these documents have previously been publically available, we should be
able to process your request administratively. Therefore, we ask that you
withdraw your FOI request at this stage.

 

We will make every effort to provide you with a copy of the minutes by no
later than 5 November 2020.

 

Should you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us via
return email.

 

Kind regards,

 

Jess (position number 62227602)

Information Access Officer

Legal Services and Audit Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

T: 1800 555 254 | E: [6][email address]

A: GPO Box 9998, Canberra, ACT, 2601 | W: [7]www.dva.gov.au

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Traditional Owners of the land throughout Australia and their continuing
connection to country, sea and community. We pay our respect to all
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their cultures and to their
elders past and present

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Dear Dr Kellett,

 

You recently made a request under FOI for historical ESORT Minutes for
certain dates.

 

As we were able to provide you with a copy of these documents
administratively, rather than through FOI, I am getting in touch again to
request that you consider withdrawing your FOI Request.

 

The reason I request this is that without your confirmation of withdrawal,
I will need to issue a full Statement of Reasons to you.

 

I would be very appreciative if you could reply confirming that you
withdraw the FOI aspect of your request.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Jess (position number 62227602)

Information Access Officer

Information Law Section

Legal Services and Audit Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

t 1800 555 254 | e [1][email address] | [2]www.dva.gov.au

p GPO Box 9998, Canberra ACT 2601

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From: INFORMATION.LAW
Sent: Wednesday, 21 October 2020 5:30 PM
To: '[FOI #6784 email]'
Cc: INFORMATION.LAW
Subject: Provision of documents: ESORT Minutes: Aug 2012; Mar 2013; May
2013 &14 Nov 2013 [SEC=OFFICIAL]

 

Dear Dr Kellett,

 

Regarding your request for historical ESORT Minutes.

 

We are pleased to advise that the hyperlinks to the minutes you requested
on our website have been repaired.

 

To access the minutes, you can go to:
[4]https://www.dva.gov.au/about-us/overview...

 

We have also attached them to this email for ease of access.

 

As we have been able to provide you with these documents administratively,
we would appreciate it if you could please reply to this email confirming
that you withdraw your FOI request.

 

Many thanks,

Jess

 

Jess (position number 62227602)

Information Access Officer

Legal Services and Audit Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

T: 1800 555 254 | E: [5][email address]

A: GPO Box 9998, Canberra, ACT, 2601 | W: [6]www.dva.gov.au

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Please consider the environment before printing this email

[8]cid:image001.png@01D32593.9CC39540The Department acknowledges the
Traditional Owners of the land throughout Australia and their continuing
connection to country, sea and community. We pay our respect to all
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their cultures and to their
elders past and present

 

 

From: INFORMATION.LAW
Sent: Thursday, 8 October 2020 12:03 AM
To: '[FOI #6784 email]'
Cc: INFORMATION.LAW
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - ESORT Minutes: Aug 2012; Mar
2013; May 2013 &14 Nov 2013 [SEC=OFFICIAL]

 

Dear Dr Kellett,

 

Thank you for your recent request under Freedom of Information for copies
of certain ESORT Minutes.

 

We have reviewed the Department’s website and confirm that the hyperlinks
for the following dates appear to be broken: 2 August 2012, 27 March 2013,
14 May 2013 and 14 November 2013.

 

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

 

As these documents have previously been publically available, we should be
able to process your request administratively. Therefore, we ask that you
withdraw your FOI request at this stage.

 

We will make every effort to provide you with a copy of the minutes by no
later than 5 November 2020.

 

Should you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us via
return email.

 

Kind regards,

 

Jess (position number 62227602)

Information Access Officer

Legal Services and Audit Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

T: 1800 555 254 | E: [9][email address]

A: GPO Box 9998, Canberra, ACT, 2601 | W: [10]www.dva.gov.au

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Traditional Owners of the land throughout Australia and their continuing
connection to country, sea and community. We pay our respect to all
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their cultures and to their
elders past and present

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Dear Dr Kellett,

 

FOI ref: 38505

 

On 6 October you submitted a request to the Department via FOI, seeking
the following:

 

“…copies of the minutes of the Ex-Service Organization Round Table (ESORT)
for meeting dates:

* 2August 2012;

* 27 March 2013;

* 14 May 2013; and

* 14 November 2013.”

 

Ordinarily, these documents would be available on the Department’s
website, however as you discovered, the links to these particular
documents were damaged during a website migration. The hyperlinks have
since been restored, ensuring that the documents are once again available
to the public for access.

 

On 21 October 2020, direct hyperlinks to these documents were provided to
you administratively, via email. As I did not receive confirmation
regarding withdrawal of your FOI request, I am required to provide you
with a formal Decision and Statement of Reasons in order to complete the
FOI process.

 

Please find my Decision and Statement of Reasons attached.

 

I wish you all the best with your research, and if you have any questions
or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind regards,

Jess

 

Jess (position number 62227602)

Information Access Officer

Information Law Section

Legal Services and Audit Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

t 1800 555 254 | e [1][email address] | [2]www.dva.gov.au

p GPO Box 9998, Canberra ACT 2601

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