FOI request for contract regarding CMO039650

CD made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Border Force

The request was successful.

From: CD

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Dear Australian Customs and Border Protection Service,

I write to you under the Freedom of Information act 1982 seeking access to the Contract held by The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service between the Department and "RELEGEN" with the ID "CN2098791" and description "CMO039650 - Software Supp & Main" as outlined here https://www.tenders.gov.au/?event=public....

I look forward to hearing from you soon regarding this FOI request.

Yours faithfully,

CD

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From: FOI Coordinator

Thank you for your email. This is an automated response to advise you that your email has been received by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service's FOI Coordinator.

If you wish to lodge a request for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), please ensure that your request is in writing, states that it is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act and provides sufficient detail describing the documents you wish to access.

Further details on how to make a valid FOI request can be found on the agency’s website at: http://www.customs.gov.au/foi/requesting....

The FOI Coordinator will acknowledge your request within 14 days.

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Dear CD

Request for access to documents – Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act)

I refer to your email dated 10 March 2015 in which you have sought access to documents held by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

You have requested access to:

'a copy of the Contract between ACBPS and "RELEGEN" with the ID "CN2098791" and description "CMO039650 - Software Supp & Main" as listed on AusTender.'

Your application was received on 10 March 2015, and the 30 day statutory period for processing your request will commence from that date.

I hope to be able to advise you of our decision on your request in the near future.

Where documents are released to you in response to your request, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service may be required to publish these documents on its website within 10 working days in accordance with section 11C of the FOI Act. Publication will not be required where the documents contain personal or business affairs information.

Should you have any queries regarding the progress of your request, please contact me on (02) 6275 5621.

With kind regards
FOI Coordinator
Immigration and Border Protection Portfolio
Customs House, Constitution Avenue, Canberra ACT 2601

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From: CD

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Dear FOI Coordinator,

Thank you for your prompt reply to my FOI request. I hope to hear a positive decision on the release of these documents in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

CD

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From: FOI Coordinator

Thank you for your email. This is an automated response to advise you that your email has been received by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service's FOI Coordinator.

If you wish to lodge a request for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), please ensure that your request is in writing, states that it is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act and provides sufficient detail describing the documents you wish to access.

Further details on how to make a valid FOI request can be found on the agency’s website at: http://www.customs.gov.au/foi/requesting....

The FOI Coordinator will acknowledge your request within 14 days.

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Dear CD

Request for access to documents – Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act)

I refer to your request dated 10 March 2015 for access to documents held by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

ACBPS has identified one document that falls within the scope of your request. This document contains information that an organisation or undertaking might reasonably wish to make an exemption contention because of business information within the document. ACBPS must not decide to give access to the business affairs information unless the third party about whom that information relates has been given a reasonable opportunity to make submissions in support of the exemption contention.

ACBPS intends to consult third parties prior to making a decision on access to the document under section 27 of the FOI Act. As a result, the timeframe for processing this request has been extended by 30 days in accordance with subsection 15(6) of the FOI Act.

If you wish to discuss the matter, please do not hesitate to contact me on the details below.

With kind regards
FOI Coordinator
P| 02 6275 5621
E| [Customs request email]

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Attachment 20150331 Notice of Charge.pdf
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Good afternoon

Request for access to documents – Freedom of Information Act 1982

Please find attached Notice of Charge from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service for your attention.

With kind regards
FOI Coordinator
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
Customs House, Constitution Avenue, Canberra ACT 2601
P| 02 6275 5621
E| [Customs request email]

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From: CD

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Dear FOI Coordinator,

I accept these charges. Can you please advise of electronic payment methods and provide an invoice. I wish to pay the deposit.

Yours sincerely,

CD

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From: FOI Coordinator

Thank you for your email. This is an automated response to advise you that your email has been received by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service's FOI Coordinator.

If you wish to lodge a request for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), please ensure that your request is in writing, states that it is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act and provides sufficient detail describing the documents you wish to access.

Further details on how to make a valid FOI request can be found on the agency’s website at: http://www.customs.gov.au/foi/requesting....

The FOI Coordinator will acknowledge your request within 14 days.

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Daniel O'Connor left an annotation ()

That's pretty darned sneaky of them to start omitting all but payment by post.

The DIBP and others have previously provided electronic banking information - see https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/c... for example.

What's more unpleasant here; the Customs mob are under the DIBP:
https://www.immi.gov.au/about/dept-info/...

18 September 2013: The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service is now a portfolio agency under the immigration and border protection portfolio.

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Attachment 20150409 Invoice deposit.pdf
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Good afternoon CD

As requested, please find attached an invoice in relation to this FOI request, which provides information as to how the deposit in this matter may be paid electronically.

Could you please let me know once the charges have been paid as the ACBPS billing system does not provide me with automatic confirmation when payment has been received?  I will then be able to provide you with a receipted invoice.

With kind regards
FOI Officer
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
P| 02 6275 5621
E| [Customs request email]

Dear FOI Coordinator,

I accept these charges. Can you please advise of electronic payment methods and provide an invoice. I wish to pay the deposit.

Yours sincerely,

CD

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From: CD

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Dear FOI Coordinator,

I have just paid the deposit for this FOI request of AUD $31.25. I look forward to this request proceeding.

Yours sincerely,

CD

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From: FOI Coordinator

Thank you for your email. This is an automated response to advise you that your email has been received by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service's FOI Coordinator.

If you wish to lodge a request for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), please ensure that your request is in writing, states that it is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act and provides sufficient detail describing the documents you wish to access.

Further details on how to make a valid FOI request can be found on the agency’s website at: http://www.customs.gov.au/foi/requesting....

The FOI Coordinator will acknowledge your request within 14 days.

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From: CD

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Dear FOI Coordinator,

Good afternoon,

Can you please advise that the department has received the deposit for this request? I note that the 30 day consultation period with the third party finishes tomorrow. I look forward to this FOI request proceeding.

Yours sincerely,

CD

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Attachment 20150410 Receipted invoice.pdf
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Good afternoon

Thank you for your email of 17 April 2015. I apologise for the delay in responding. I can confirm that ACBPS has received your payment for the deposit in this matter, and I attached a receipted copy of the invoice for your records.

The consultation in this matter has now been finalised, and the decision maker is in the process of reviewing the document with a view to making a decision on its release to you.

A decision is currently due on or before 18 May 2015, and ACBPS anticipate being in a position to be able to issue a decision on release to you on or before that date.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

With kind regards
FOI Coordinator
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
P| 02 6275 5621
E| [Customs request email]

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From: CD

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Dear FOI Coordinator,

Thank you once again for letting me know about the status of this FOI request. I am very much looking forward to the Department's decision on or before 18 May 2015.

I do have one query. In my initial FOI request I provided a link to the Australian Governments Tenders Website that referenced this Contract of which ACBPS is now making a decision. I note that not long after I made this FOI request that link became broken and that further searching of the Tender website for this Contract with either "CMO039650" or "CN2098791" of which this FOI request was based on now returns no result.

As the Department has shown the existence of this Contract by acknowledging this FOI request and it's consultation with a third party I ask wether the Department is able to explain why this tender was deleted from the public domain?

I also wish to convey my thanks to the FOI section of the Department for their professional and courteous communication with me regarding this and other FOI requests. I look forward to continuing this dialogue upto, including and beyond 18 May 2015.

Yours sincerely,

CD

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Attachment CN 332154 A4.pdf
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Good morning

Thank you for your email of 23 April 2015 below. I have obtained advice from the Procurement and Contracts Branch that purchase order CMO039650 related to support and maintenance of the Relegen products and it was established after the receipt of your FOI request that it had been incorrectly reported on Austender. The value of this PO was already included in the contract value of the original Austender Contract Notice and to avoid duplication it was deleted.

The correct Contract Notice number for the Relegen contract is CN332154-A4 - a copy of the details on AusTender relating to that contract is attached for your reference.

With kind regards
FOI Officer
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
P| 02 6275 5621
E| [Customs request email]

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From: CD

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Dear FOI Coordinator,

Thank you for your reply and for contacting the relevant authorities as to the reasons for its disappearance from the tenders.gov.au web site. I appreciate you doing this.

As your previous correspondence has alluded to the original tender contract being a part of the original Relegen - Customs contract from 2010 how does this impact my original FOI request?

Yours sincerely,

CD

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From: FOI Coordinator

Good morning

Thank you for your email of 4 May below.

Your request was for access to "the Contract held by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service between the Department and "RELEGEN"" - and whilst it contained the reference on the AusTender website, we have since established that the particular reference number was incorrect, as indicated below. ACBPS has therefore taken your request to be a request for the Contract between ACBPS and Relegen dated 2010.

I anticipate being in a position to able to provide you with a decision in relation to your request shortly.

With kind regards
FOI Coordinator
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
P| 02 6275 5621
E| [Customs request email]

Dear FOI Coordinator,

Thank you for your reply and for contacting the relevant authorities as to the reasons for its disappearance from the tenders.gov.au web site. I appreciate you doing this.

As your previous correspondence has alluded to the original tender contract being a part of the original Relegen - Customs contract from 2010 how does this impact my original FOI request?

Yours sincerely,

CD

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Attachment 20150429 Notice of Decision.pdf
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Attachment 20150511 Invoice Balance.pdf
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Good afternoon

Request for access to documents – Freedom of Information Act 1982

Please find attached a Notice of Decision from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service for your information.

The document referred to in this decision will be released to you upon payment of the balance of the charges. Please find attached an invoice which provides information as to how the charges may be paid electronically.

Could you please let me know once the charges have been paid as the ACBPS billing system does not provide me with automatic confirmation when payment has been received?  I will then be able to provide you with a receipted invoice and the document.

With kind regards
FOI Coordinator
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
P| 02 6275 5621
E| [Customs request email]

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From: CD

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Dear FOI Coordinator,

I thank you for your correspondence regarding this particular FOI request.

Please be advised that I have just paid the outstanding balance required and the payment reference number is #1530784301.

I look forward to seeing this document soon.

Once again I would like to commend the FOI section of ACBPS for its professionalism and help in accessing this particular contract.

Yours sincerely,

CD

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From: FOI Coordinator

Thank you for your email. This is an automated response to advise you that your email has been received by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service's FOI Coordinator.

If you wish to lodge a request for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), please ensure that your request is in writing, states that it is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act and provides sufficient detail describing the documents you wish to access.

Further details on how to make a valid FOI request can be found on the agency’s website at: http://www.customs.gov.au/foi/requesting....

The FOI Coordinator will acknowledge your request within 14 days.

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Attachment 20150511 Receipted Invoice.pdf
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Attachment 2015 009644 Document Released.pdf
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Good morning

Request for access to documents – Freedom of Information Act 1982

I refer to my email of yesterday's date, and confirm that the outstanding charges in relation to your request have now been received.

As such, please find attached a receipted invoice for the balance of the charges, together with the documents referred to in the ACBPS decision dated 29 April 2015 for your reference.

With kind regards
FOI Coordinator
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
P| 02 6275 5621
E| [Customs request email]

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