FOI request handling and training materials

G King made this Freedom of Information request to Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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From: G King

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Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

I hereby request, under the Freedom of Information Act (1982),
copies of all training, procedure and policy materials relating to the handling of FOI requests by the Department's staff or representatives at the time of this letter.

Yours faithfully,

G King

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FOI/2012/101

 

Dear G King

 

Thank you for your email of 29 November 2012, received by the Department
of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (the Department) in which you made a
request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 in the following terms:

 

I hereby request, under the Freedom of Information Act (1982), copies of
all training, procedure and policy materials relating to the handling of
FOI requests by the Department's staff or representatives at the time of
this letter.

     

 

Timeframe for receiving your decision

 

The statutory timeframe for processing a request is 30 days from the date
upon which your application was received by the Department except in
certain circumstances in which case we will notify you of the time
extension.

 

Removal of officer’s details

 

It is the Department’s policy to withhold the names and contact details of
junior officers within the Department and other agencies contained within
documents that fall within scope of the request. The names and details of
senior departmental staff would not be withheld unless there were some
reason for that information to be exempt from release. If you require the
names and contact details of junior officers please let us know at
[1][DPMC request email] for the decision-maker to consider; otherwise we will
take it that you agree to that information being excluded from the scope
of your request.

 

Publication of documents

 

In accordance with the Government’s pro-disclosure policy agencies are
required to publish information which has been released under FOI on the
agencies’ disclosure logs. If you wish to raise any objections to the
publication of any of the documents which may be released to you please
contact the Department by email at [2][DPMC request email].  Supporting reasons
for any objection would be appreciated.

 

Charges

 

Agencies may decide that an applicant is liable to pay a charge in respect
of a request for access to documents. If the Department decides to charge
you in respect of this FOI request, we will send you a preliminary
assessment of the charges as soon as possible. 

 

The Department will write again when we have further information. 
Otherwise, further information on FOI processing can be found at the
website of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner at
[3]http://www.oaic.gov.au/foi-portal/about_....

 

Regards,

 

FOI Adviser

Legal Policy Branch

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Phone: 02 6271 5849

[4]Description: Description:E-mail: [5][DPMC request email]

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear G King,

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to you freedom of
information request.

 

Regards,

 

FOI Adviser

Legal Policy Branch

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

 

Phone: 02 6271 5849

Email: [1][DPMC request email]

 

[2]Description: Description: Description: FOI design element

 

 

 

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From: G King

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Dear FOI Adviser,

As advised, I wish to revise my application to specifically seek:

Non-public materials in use only at the time of my original FOI request as used by any Departmental staff, representatives, interns, etc.

Yours sincerely,

G King

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Dear G King,
 
Thank you for your email of 23 December 2012 to the Department of the
Prime Minister and Cabinet (the Department) in which you revised the scope
of your freedom of information request.  The decision-maker for your
request is currently considering the revised scope.
 
We note that the following item from the Department's correspondence of 21
December 2012 to you has not been addressed:
 
Extension request
 
Please note, the Department will be closed for normal business from 25
December 2012 to 1 January 2013 inclusively.  Accordingly, if and when the
practical refusal reason is removed, the Department may require additional
time to process your request.  We therefore seek your agreement under
section 15AA of the FOI Act to extend the time to process your request by
30 days after the day the practical refusal reason is removed.
 
We kindly request you confirm your agreement by way of return email.
 
We would be grateful if you could confirm whether you agree to the
proposed extension of time.
 
Regards,
 
FOI Adviser
Legal Policy Branch
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
 
Phone: 02 6271 5849
Email: [1][DPMC request email]
 
 
 
 
 
     Dear FOI Adviser,
 
     As advised, I wish to revise my application to specifically seek:
 
     Non-public materials in use only at the time of my original FOI
     request as used by any Departmental staff, representatives,
     interns, etc.
 
     Yours sincerely,
 
     G King
 
    

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From: G King

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Dear FOI Adviser,

I agree to the proposed extension of time.

Yours sincerely,

G King

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From: G King

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Dear FOI Adviser,

Please provide clarification on what date this request will be processed.

Yours sincerely,

G King

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Dear Mr King,
 
Thank you for your email. The due date for an access decision is 31
January 2013.
 
Regards,
 
FOI Adviser
Legal Policy Branch
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
 
Phone: 02 6271 5849
Email: [1][DPMC request email]
 
 
 
 

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Dear Mr King

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to your freedom of
information request. Information about your rights of review and complaint
is also attached.

 

Regards,

 

FOI Adviser

Legal Policy Branch

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

 

Phone: 02 6271 5849

Email: [1][DPMC request email]

 

[2]Description: Description: Description: FOI design element

 

 

 

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Peter Timmins left an annotation ()

The FOI Milestones document released by PM&C provides a fascinating insight into how things are done there. For a comment see
http://www.foi-privacy.blogspot.com.au/2...

Peter Timmins

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