ESORT Multi-Act Working Group

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Dear Department of Veterans' Affairs,

I refer you to evidence (on oath) given to the Royal Commission into Defence and Veterans Suicide by Ian Lindgren of the APPVA and I quote:-

"She (The Secretary of DVA) placed me on a committee known as the ESORT Multi-Act Working Group, which -- I have actually never met anyone who has heard of it before, but it is actually an interesting venue to attend".

I seek copies of any and all documents (including drafts) that relate to the history of the ESORT Multi-Act Working Group, its inception, members invited to attend and why, who they represent, their roles and responsibilities and all minutes taken and reports prepared for the benefit of any Ministers of DVA.

To be clear, I do NOT consent to business email addresses, names(in full) or business telephone/mobile numbers being redacted. Personal or private details MAY be redacted.

Yours faithfully,

Arthur Jordan

INFORMATION.ACCESS, Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Dear Mr Jordan,

The Department of Veterans' Affairs (the department) has received your
request for access to information under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (FOI Act). I note you have requested access to the following:

“I seek copies of any and all documents (including drafts) that relate to
the history of the ESORT Multi-Act Working Group, its inception, members
invited to attend and why, who they represent, their roles and
responsibilities and all minutes taken and reports prepared for the
benefit of any Ministers of DVA.”

Your request was received by the department on 11 December 2022 and the
ordinary 30 day statutory period for processing your request commenced
from the day after that date.  

 

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The Department will notify you within 14 days of an estimate of the
charges that will apply to your request for non-personal information
before we process any requested documents or impose a final charge.

 

Your address

 

The FOI Act requires that you provide us with an address that we can send
notices to. You have advised your electronic address is
[1][FOI #9689 email] . Unless you tell us
otherwise, we will send all notices and correspondence to this address.

 

Disclosure log

 

Information released under the FOI Act may be published on a disclosure
log on our website, subject to certain exceptions. These exceptions
include where publication of personal, business, professional or
commercial information would be unreasonable.

 

Further assistance

 

If you have any questions about your request, please email
[2][DVA request email]

 

Yours sincerely

 

Arthur  Position Number – 62341836

Information Access Registrations Officer

Information Access Unit / Client Access and Rehabilitation Branch

Client Engagement and Support Services Division

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372)

[3][DVA request email]

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INFORMATION.ACCESS, Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Dear Mr Jordan,

 

I refer to your Freedom of Information request to the Department of
Veterans’ Affairs (Department), dated 13 December 2022, for the following:

 

'I refer you to evidence (on oath) given to the Royal Commission into
Defence and Veterans Suicide by Ian Lindgren of the APPVA and I quote:-
"She (The Secretary of DVA) placed me on a committee known as the ESORT
Multi-Act Working Group, which -- I have actually never met anyone who has
heard of it before, but it is actually an interesting venue to attend".

 

I seek copies of any and all documents (including drafts) that relate to
the history of the ESORT Multi-Act Working Group, its inception, members
invited to attend and why, who they represent, their roles and
responsibilities and all minutes taken and reports prepared for the
benefit of any Ministers of DVA.'

 

**********To be clear, I do NOT consent to business email addresses, names
(in full) or business telephone/mobile numbers being redacted.  Personal
or private details MAY be redacted**********

 

The Department is actively processing your request and two business areas
have so far located several documents in scope of your request. Currently,
a third business area is finalising their searches for documents in scope
of your request. Given that a decision on your request is currently due
next Tuesday 12 January 2023, and considering the mandatory Christmas
shutdown period that has just passed, we are seeking an extension of 30
days under section 15AA of the FOI Act to complete searches for documents
in scope of your request and assess them for release. This would mean that
your request would be due on 9 February 2023.

 

If we are in a position to make a decision on your request earlier than
this date, we will endeavour to do so.

 

The statutory period may also be extended if we need to consult third
parties or for other reasons permitted under the FOI Act. We will advise
you if this happens.

 

If you agree to our request for an extension of processing time, please
advise us by COB Monday 9 January 2023 if possible. We will then notify
the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) of your
agreement under section 15AA of the FOI Act.

 

If you have any questions about your request, please email
[1][DVA request email].

 

 

Kind regards

 

Ramona | Assistant Director

Position Number: 62336362

Information Access Unit I Client Access and Rehabilitation Branch

Client Engagement and Support Services Division

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Tel 1800 838 372 (1800 VETERAN)

e [2][email address]

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Dear INFORMATION.ACCESS,
Dear Ramona,
I refer to your request for a 30 day extension of my FOI request. I am aware of the staffing constraints you would being experiencing at this time of year.
As I have said previously, it is not my intention to be adversarial, despite my experiences with previous staff at DVA. Therefore, I am prepared to consent to an extension of time of 15 days to allow you to (hopefully) complete your fulfillment of this FOI request.
Happy New Year to you and yours.
Kind regards,
Arthur Jordan.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur Jordan

INFORMATION.ACCESS, Department of Veterans' Affairs

Dear Mr Jordan

Happy New Year to you too. Thank you for your response and agreement to an extension of 15 days. It is greatly appreciated. We will continue to process your request and aim to provide you with a decision as soon as possible.

Kind regards

Ramona | Assistant Director
Position Number: 62336362
Information Access Unit I Client Access and Rehabilitation Branch
Client Engagement and Support Services Division
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Tel 1800 838 372 (1800 VETERAN)
e [email address]
www.dva.gov.au

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INFORMATION.ACCESS, Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Dear Mr Jordan,

 

We refer to your request made on 11 December 2023 to the Department of
Veterans’ Affairs (Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(Cth) (FOI Act), seeking access to the following:

 

“I refer you to evidence (on oath) given to the Royal Commission into
Defence and Veterans Suicide by Ian Lindgren of the APPVA and I quote:-
"She (The Secretary of DVA) placed me on a committee known as the ESORT
Multi-Act Working Group, which -- I have actually never met anyone who has
heard of it before, but it is actually an interesting venue to attend".

I seek copies of any and all documents (including drafts) that relate to
the history of the ESORT Multi-Act Working Group, its inception, members
invited to attend and why, who they represent, their roles and
responsibilities and all minutes taken and reports prepared for the
benefit of any Ministers of DVA.'

**********To be clear, I do NOT consent to business email addresses, names
(in full) or business telephone/mobile numbers being redacted. Personal or
private details MAY be redacted**********.”

 

The purpose of this email is to inform you that, after consideration of
the documents located to be in the scope of your request, we have
determined that there are a number of third parties who may reasonably
wish to contend that information contained in the documents is exempt
under section 47F (personal information) and/or section 47G (business
affairs) of the FOI Act.

 

We are required to consult with these third parties under section 27 and
section 27A of the FOI Act.

 

In accordance with section 15(6) of the FOI Act, the consultation
requirement extends the statutory time period to provide a decision on the
request by 30 days. This means a decision on your request is now due on 24
February 2023. We will endeavour to provide you with a response before
then if possible.

 

If you have any questions about the above, please email:
[1][email address].

 

Kind regards

 

Ramona | Assistant Director

Position Number: 62336362

Information Access Unit I Client Access and Rehabilitation Branch

Client Engagement and Support Services Division

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Tel 1800 838 372 (1800 VETERAN)

e [2][email address]

[3]www.dva.gov.au

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