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From: Stephanie Barker

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Dear Department of Defence,

Pertaining to information released under FOI 045/20/21.

Page 1 of the documents released lists the below:
[Item 3]
The total amount paid out by the ADF to these victims:
2017/18 – damages $9,433,500.00 and Costs $2,249,054.56
2018/19 – damages $16,305,750.00 and Costs $3,304,583.00
2019/20 – damages $15,056.500 and Costs $3,611,817.16

Could you please provide details as to how these figures were calculated? As you can see there has been a significant drop (-90%) in the 2019/20 figures despite the number of cases having increased.

Yours faithfully,

Stephanie Barker

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Kind Regards

Chris Simon | Freedom of Information
Enterprise Reform Branch | Governance and Reform Division | Department of Defence
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From: FOI Case Management
Department of Defence

UNOFFICIAL

Dear Ms Barker

 

I refer to your correspondence of 24 September 2020 seeking access under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to documents held by the
Department of Defence (Defence). This email is to advise you that your
request has been received and allocated to a Case Manager.

 

The scope of your request is:

 

Pertaining to information released under FOI 045/20/21.

 

Page 1 of the documents released lists the below:

[Item 3]

The total amount paid out by the ADF to these victims:

2017/18 – damages $9,433,500.00 and Costs $2,249,054.56

2018/19 – damages $16,305,750.00 and Costs $3,304,583.00

2019/20 – damages $15,056.500 and Costs $3,611,817.16

 

Could you please provide details as to how these figures were calculated?
As you can see there has been a significant drop (-90%) in the 2019/20
figures despite the number of cases having increased.

 

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From: Stephanie Barker

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Dear Rose and FOI Case Management,

Unfortunately I require this data as soon as possible and as such, I do not agree to the extension.

Yours sincerely,

Stephanie Barker

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From: FOI Case Management
Department of Defence

OFFICIAL

Dear Ms Barker

 

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act) in which you requested the following:

 

“Pertaining to information released under FOI 045/20/21…

 

…Page 1 of the documents released lists the below:

[Item 3]

The total amount paid out by the ADF to these victims:

2017/18 – damages $9,433,500.00 and Costs $2,249,054.56

2018/19 – damages $16,305,750.00 and Costs $3,304,583.00

2019/20 – damages $15,056.500 and Costs $3,611,817.16

 

Could you please provide details as to how these figures were calculated?
As you can see there has been a significant drop (-90%) in the 2019/20
figures despite the number of cases having increased.”

 

A correction has been made on 20 October 2020 to the document released in
relation to FOI reference 045/20/21, this can be found at the following
link:
[1]https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/s....

 

As this correction directly relates to your request (Defence FOI
134/20/21), I believe you may wish to withdraw this FOI request. I would
be grateful if you could please reply to this email by close of business
22 October 2020 confirming your acceptance to withdraw your request.

 

Thank you and regards

 

Kathryn

FOI Case Management

Department of Defence

[2][email address]

 

 

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From: Stephanie Barker

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Dear Kathryn and FOI Case Management,

Thanks for your email.

I do not agree to withdrawing my request.

Yours sincerely,

Stephanie Barker

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From: Groves, Joanne MRS
Department of Defence

OFFICIAL

Dear Ms Barker,

 

I refer to your request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act 1982 (FOI Act) in which you requested:

 

“… details as to how these figures were calculated?”

 

Defence has now provided details of how these figures were calculated and
corrected previous advice referred to in FOI 045/20/21.

 

As the detail is now in the public domain your request is now considered
withdrawn.

 

Kind regards

Jo

 

Jo Groves | Assistant Director Freedom of Information Media & Sensitive
Enterprise Reform Branch | Governance and Reform Division | Department of
Defence
CP1-6-029 Campbell Park Offices ACT 2600
t (02) 6266 3678

 

[1]http://www.defence.gov.au/FOI/privacy.asp

 

 

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