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Feedback from the public consultation on the paper "Strengthening the test for Australian Citizenship"

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From: Kieren Crossland

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Dear Department of Immigration and Border Protection,

In accordance with the Freedom of Information act, I would like to request documents relating to the feedback form the public consultation of the "Strengthening the test for Australian citizenship" paper announced on 20/04/2017.

I do not seek the feedback of any individual or personal information, but request the following:

1) The number of submissions received
2) The number of submissions representing multiple parties viewpoints, for example petitions, and how many individuals were represented by each
3) How the feedback was considered by DIBP and integrated into the legislation
4) The count of supportive and non-supportive submissions relating to:
a. The extension to the PR residency requirement from one to four years
b. The retrospective application of the legislation from the date of the announcement
c. A transitional arrangement as an alternative to a retrospective for existing visa holders
d. Introduction of the English language test

Yours faithfully,

Kieren Crossland

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Information on how to apply for Australian citizenship, information for
Australian citizens and Australian Citizenship Day can be found [9]here.

 

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·         on a passenger card or

·         in response to a notice given to you by the Department inviting
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incorrect information

you should submit [15]Form 1023 to the Department. Details of our offices
located around the world can be found [16]here. The FOI Section does not
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out of Australia, please refer to our general enquiries web form [18]here.

 

 

Yours Sincerely

FOI Helpdesk

Freedom of Information Section

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Information updated 16 December 2016

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Asher Hirsch left an annotation ()

Thanks for this. I was just about the request the same.

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Attachment FA 17 06 00398 Acknowledgement Letter 1.pdf
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Our references: FA 17/06/00398; ADF2017/61807

 

Dear Mr Crossland

 

Please find attached the acknowledgement of receipt for your recent FOI
Request.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Karen Chapman

Freedom of Information Section

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

 

 

 

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Harpreet Singh Gill left an annotation ()

Thanks for this. I was about to make the same request.
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From: Kieren Crossland

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Dear DIBP,

I submitted an FOI on July 12 2017. The department should provide a response within 30 days. I have yet to receive a response.

Please let me know if there is anything delaying this request and provide me with an estimated date of delivery.

Yours sincerely,

Kieren Crossland

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Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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Dear Mr Crossland,

We apologise for the delay in processing your request. The Department has seen a significant increase in the number of FOI requests received by this agency. As a result there are expected delays involved with the processing of FOI requests at the present time. Generally, requests will be processed in the order that they are received. The Department endeavours to finalise requests as quickly as possible.

The Department is committed to processing FOI requests within statutory timeframes as outlined under the FOI Act, however there are a number of reasons why an FOI request may be delayed, including the size, complexity of the request and increased volumes of FOI requests.

The Department continues to undertake steps to improve FOI processing efficiencies and reduce processing times. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is aware of the Department’s FOI caseload size and timeliness.

Further, I note your comments that the statutory due date for you to receive a decision has now passed. While you are able to approach the Information Commissioner in accordance with section 54N [IC review applications-application] of the FOI Act, we wish to reassure you that we are still in consultation with the relevant business area in relation to your request. We are not able to provide an estimated date of finalisation at this stage, as this will partly depend on the information and documents found/not found by the relevant business area. We can assure you, however, that the assigned FOI officer has given priority to your request and is working with the relevant business area in order to make an informed decision, as soon as possible.

We appreciate your patience in this matter.

Regards,
FOI Section
Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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