Federal and state support of the incubator support initiative

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To whom it may concern,

I am requesting a document with monthly data for the entrepreneur program incubator support initiative ('new and existing incubators') under the freedom of information act.

The document should be a spreadsheet with a monthly entry for each state since this program began including:
* Number of regional applications lodged
* Number of metro applications lodged
* Total regional funding approved
* Total metro funding approved
* Total co-funding from state government sources for grants approved
* Total co-funding from other Commonwealth government sources for grants approved

For example a spreadsheet similar to these columns and rows underneath.

Year, Month, State, Regional applications lodged, Metro applications lodged, Regional funding approved, Metro funding approved, State co-funding, Commonwealth co-funding
2016, September, WA, 2, 2, $500,000, $500,000, $100,000, $100,000
2016, September, NSW, 2, 0, $500,000, 0 $100,000, $50,000
...
2016, October, QLD, 0, 1, 0, $500,000, $50,000, $50,000
2016, October, NT, 2, 4, $500,000, $1,000,000, $100,000, 0
...
And so on until today.

Thanks,
Alby P.

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Dear Alby

 

I refer to your correspondence of 28 August 2020 and 29 August 2020 (both
attached) received by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and
Resources (the department).

 

In your request of 28 August you asked for monthly data from the Incubator
Support Initiative. Your request of 29 August was for certain documents
relating to a grant to the Hunter Business Centre under the Incubator
Support Programme. The subject matter of both of these requests is
substantially the same as one of your other FOI requests, ref 66872. In
that request, you also asked for a spreadsheet to be created containing
data relating to the Incubator Support Initiative.

 

Under section 24 of the FOI Act, the department may treat 2 or more
requests as a single request where the department is satisfied that:

(a) the requests relate to the same document; or

(b) the requests relate to the documents, the subject matter of which is
substantially the same.

 

The department is currently considering whether to combine your two most
recent requests with your request 66872. If the department proceeds with
this, it is quite possible that a practical refusal reason will exist on
the basis that the work involved would substantially and unreasonably
divert the resources of the department from its other operations. We note
you have currently submitted four FOI requests to the department. This is
four of 22 requests received by the department since 25 June 2020 all
regarding similar subject matter. This has resulted in the relevant line
area being diverted from their standard operations, and the department
having limited capacity to handle incoming FOI requests.

 

When a practical refusal reason exists, the department will enter into a
request consultation process with you under s24AB of the FOI Act. During
this process, the freedom of information team will look to assist you to
make your request more manageable so that it can be processed. If we are
unable to refine the request, it may be refused. Should this occur, you
will be issued a refund for any payment made for 66872.

 

Before we make a decision on whether to combine the requests, we would
like to invite you to consider whether you would prefer to withdraw your
two most recent requests and resubmit them once one of your current
requests has been completed, being when you receive a Notice of Decision.
If you do not wish to withdraw this FOI request, it is likely that the
department will combine these requests with your other request, 66872.

 

If any of your requests are refused, we note that it is always of course
open to you to resubmit a request in another, more manageable, form.

 

I would appreciate your response by Friday 4 September 2020 on whether you
would prefer to withdraw your two most recent requests or whether you are
happy for the department to combine the requests.

 

We would be happy to discuss this further with you.

 

Regards

 

FOI Team

Legal, Audit and Assurance | Corporate & Digital

GPO Box 2013, Canberra ACT 2601

 

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources |
[1]www.industry.gov.au

 

Supporting economic growth and job creation for all Australians

 

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From: Alby P.

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Dear Freedom of Information,

I vehemently disagree with your assertion that my request for a specific grant application (Hunter Business Centre) is related to my broader inquiry into the outcomes of the incubator support program (FOI 66872).

My request for the Hunter Business Centre grant application is solely related to that particular grant commitment. It has no relation to the incubator program outcomes as a whole.

If it helps, I am happy to delay my second spreadsheet request until such time that FOI 66872 is completed, or if preferred, to combine the second spreadsheet request with FOI 66872 with a reasonable extension.

Please do not treat the Hunter Business Centre and FOI 66872 as one of the same.

Please respond in the affirmative at your earliest convenience, and in the alternative, please escalate this for an internal review. I will reach out to the OAIC personally.

Thanks,

Alby P.

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Dear Alby

The department is agreeable to accept:

1. You delay submitting your second spreadsheet request until such time that FOI 66872 is completed; and
2. Your request regarding Hunter Business Centre will be accepted as a new request.

We also ask you considering agreeing to a 30 day extension for the processing of your request regarding Hunter Business Centre.

You will receive correspondence confirming the above shortly.

Regards

FOI Team
Legal, Audit and Assurance | Corporate & Digital
GPO Box 2013, Canberra ACT 2601

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources | www.industry.gov.au

Supporting economic growth and job creation for all Australians

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Dear Alby

The department is agreeable to accept:

1. You delay submitting your second spreadsheet request until such time that FOI 66872 is completed; and
2. Your request regarding Hunter Business Centre will be accepted as a new request.

We also ask you considering agreeing to a 30 day extension for the processing of your request regarding Hunter Business Centre.

You will receive correspondence confirming the above shortly.

Regards

FOI Team
Legal, Audit and Assurance | Corporate & Digital
GPO Box 2013, Canberra ACT 2601

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources | www.industry.gov.au

Supporting economic growth and job creation for all Australians

Legal In Confidence - This transmission is intended only for the use of the addressee and may contain confidential or legally privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any use or dissemination of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify me immediately and delete copies of this transmission together with any attachments.

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Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Dear Alby

The department is agreeable to accept:

1. You delay submitting your second spreadsheet request until such time that FOI 66872 is completed; and
2. Your request regarding Hunter Business Centre will be accepted as a new request.

We also ask you considering agreeing to a 30 day extension for the processing of your request regarding Hunter Business Centre.

You will receive correspondence confirming the above shortly.

Regards

FOI Team
Legal, Audit and Assurance | Corporate & Digital
GPO Box 2013, Canberra ACT 2601

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources | www.industry.gov.au

Supporting economic growth and job creation for all Australians

Legal In Confidence - This transmission is intended only for the use of the addressee and may contain confidential or legally privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any use or dissemination of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify me immediately and delete copies of this transmission together with any attachments.

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Dear Alby

As per previous correspondence, could you please reply confirming your withdrawal of this FOI request.

As discussed, the department accepts you will be submitting this request at a later date when FOI 66872 is completed.

Regards

FOI Team
Legal, Audit and Assurance | Corporate & Digital
GPO Box 2013, Canberra ACT 2601

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources | www.industry.gov.au

Supporting economic growth and job creation for all Australians

Legal In Confidence - This transmission is intended only for the use of the addressee and may contain confidential or legally privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any use or dissemination of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify me immediately and delete copies of this transmission together with any attachments.

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From: Alby P.

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Dear Freedom of Information,

I confirm the withdrawal of this request as I will be resubmitting it following the completion of FOI 66872.

Thanks,
Alby P.

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From: Alby P.

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To whom it may concern,

As agreed, since FOI 66872 has been completed, I am submitting this FOI request.

I am requesting a document with monthly data for the entrepreneur program incubator support initiative ('new and existing incubators') under the freedom of information act.

The document should be a spreadsheet with a monthly entry for each state since this program began including:
* Number of regional applications lodged
* Number of metro applications lodged
* Total ISI regional funding eventually approved (after committee/minister consideration)
* Total ISI metro funding eventually approved (after committee/minister consideration)
* Total additional co-funding from state government sources for projects that were eventually approved
* Total additional co-funding from other Commonwealth government sources for projects that were eventually approved

For example a spreadsheet similar to these columns and rows underneath.

Year, Month, State, Regional applications lodged, Metro applications lodged, Regional ISI funding approved, Metro ISI funding approved, State co-funding, Commonwealth co-funding
2016, September, WA, 2, 2, $500,000, $500,000, $100,000, $100,000
2016, September, NSW, 2, 0, $500,000, 0 $100,000, $50,000
...
2016, October, QLD, 0, 1, 0, $500,000, $50,000, $50,000
2016, October, NT, 2, 4, $500,000, $1,000,000, $100,000, 0
...
And so on until today.

Thanks,
Alby P.

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Dear Alby

 

We refer to the attached Freedom of Information request received by the
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (the department) on
11 September 2020.

 

Currently, a decision is due to you by 11 October 2020 (or next business
day in accordance with 3.141 of the FOI Guidelines). However, this
timeline may be affected by the notification of any charges and/or any
external third party consultations.

 

You will be notified if either of these occur.

 

Regards

 

FOI Team

Legal, Audit and Assurance | Corporate & Digital

GPO Box 2013, Canberra ACT 2601

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