FOI - Interagency protocols

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I request documents relating to interagency information management and sharing frameworks, policies, procedures, rules, guidelines, or processes insofar as they relate to investigations into allegations of war crimes by Australian Defence Force personnel in Afghanistan.

Regards

James (John) Smith

AGD FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

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OFFICIAL
Dear James

Thank you for your request, which was received by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department (the department) Freedom of Information (FOI) section.

We received your FOI request on 1 May 2024 and the 30 day statutory period for processing your request commenced on the following day. Due to an increase in the number of information access applications currently being received by the department, a case officer is yet to be allocated and we therefore seek your agreement to an extension of time to process this request under section 15AA of the FOI Act.

This would mean that a decision about your request would be due on 1 July 2024.

If we are in a position to make a decision 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.

The department's practice is to not disclose personal information of staff of the department and other government authorities, where that information is not publicly known or routinely disclosed (e.g. names of junior officers and contact information). The names of senior officers will generally be disclosed. In addition, duplicates and incomplete email chains, internal administrative email addresses and metadata within the scope of the FOI request will be excluded.

Please reply by return email if you agree to this extension of time. If you do agree we will notify the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) of your agreement under section 15AA of the FOI Act, including your name and contact details.

Kind regards
Freedom of Information & Privacy
Attorney-General’s Department
Phone: (02) 6141 6666 | Email: [AGD request email]
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AGD FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL
Dear James

I write to follow up on my below email of 3 May 2024. I note that we have yet to receive response from you. Would you kindly be able to advise if you agree to the proposed extension of time?

We look forward to your email.

Kind regards
Freedom of Information & Privacy
Attorney-General’s Department
Phone: (02) 6141 6666 | Email: [AGD request email]
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AGD FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL
Dear James

I write further to our correspondence of 3 and 10 May to seek your agreement to a 30-day extension of time to process your request. The current due date for this request is 31 May 2024, however the department is not in a position to finalise the request by this date. The department is therefore seeking your agreement to a 30 day extension. If you agreed to this extension your request would be due on 1 July 2024, however the department would make every effort to finalise the request before this date where possible.

I would be grateful if you could please respond by 5 pm, 31 May 2024 to confirm whether you agree to this extension request.

If you do agree we will notify the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) of your agreement under section 15AA of the FOI Act, including your name and contact details.

Kind regards
Freedom of Information & Privacy Team
Attorney-General’s Department
Phone: (02) 6141 6666 | Email: [AGD request email]

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