Gold card costs

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Dear Department of Veterans' Affairs,

I am seeking the latest document/worksheet listing the following, namely:

: The total cost to DVA of a veteran in receipt of a Gold Card.

: The total cost to DVA of a war widow in receipt of a Gold Card

: The total additional cost to Government of a veteran in receipt of a Gold Card, and

: The total additional cost to Government of a war widow in receipt of a Gold Card.

All documentation/worksheets to list the complete breakdown of costs, e.g. optical, dental, hospital, transport, medical, pharmaceutical, etc.

Yours faithfully,

Alan ASHMORE

INFORMATION.ACCESS, Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Dear Mr Ashmore

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (the department) has received your
request for access to information under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (FOI Act). I note you have requested access to the following:

              I am seeking the latest document/worksheet listing the
following, namely:

:  The total cost to DVA of a veteran in receipt of a Gold Card.

:  The total cost to DVA of a war widow in receipt of a Gold Card

:  The total additional cost to Government of a veteran in receipt of a
Gold Card, and

:  The total additional cost to Government of a war widow in receipt of a
Gold Card.

All documentation/worksheets to list the complete breakdown of costs, e.g.
optical, dental, hospital, transport,  medical, pharmaceutical, etc.

 

Your request was received by the department on 8 September 2022 and the
ordinary 30 day statutory period for processing your request commenced
from the day after that date.

 

Charges

 

The Department will notify you within 14 days of an estimate of the
charges that will apply to your request for non-personal information
before we process any requested documents or impose a final charge.

 

Your address

 

The FOI Act requires that you provide us with an address that we can send
notices to. You have advised your electronic address is
[1][FOI #9359 email] . Unless you tell us
otherwise, we will send all notices and correspondence to this address.

 

Disclosure log

 

Information released under the FOI Act may be published on a disclosure
log on our website, subject to certain exceptions. These exceptions
include where publication of personal, business, professional or
commercial information would be unreasonable.

 

Request to treat certain material as out of scope or irrelevant to the
request

 

To the extent the department has documents in its possession that fall
within the scope of your request, we intend to treat the following
information as out of scope or irrelevant to your request, pursuant to
section 22(1)(b)(ii) of the FOI Act:

1.       The surnames, signatures and direct contact details of non-SES
Commonwealth employees and contractors, including clinical staff working
for Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling; and

2.       The signatures of third party individuals.

If you agree to the department treating these details as irrelevant,
please advise by 22 September 2022.

 

Further assistance

 

If you have any questions about your request, please email
[2][DVA request email]

 

Yours sincerely

Arthur

Position Number 62210944

Information Access Officer

Information Access Unit              

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Email: [3][email address]

 

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3. mailto:[email address]

Dear INFORMATION.ACCESS,

I am comfortable with the contents of your letter of 15 September 2022.

Yours sincerely,

Alan ASHMORE

INFORMATION.ACCESS, Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Dear Mr Ashmore

 

I refer to your Freedom of Information request (LEX 53717) to the
Department of Veterans’ Affairs, dated 8 September 2022, seeking the
following:

 

“I am seeking the latest document/worksheet listing the following, namely:
: The total cost to DVA of a veteran in receipt of a Gold Card.
: The total cost to DVA of a war widow in receipt of a Gold Card
: The total additional cost to Government of a veteran in receipt of a
Gold Card, and
: The total additional cost to Government of a war widow in receipt of a
Gold Card.
All documentation/worksheets to list the complete breakdown of costs, e.g.
optical, dental, hospital, transport, medical, pharmaceutical, etc.”

 

The Department is currently compiling the data requested and requires
additional time to breakdown the total costs to meet the requirements of
your request.

 

Request for extension of time

The FOI Act states that an FOI request must be processed within 30 days of
receipt in the first instance.

 

Under section 15AA of the FOI Act, an extension of time is possible if the
applicant agrees in writing.

 

We are seeking your agreement to a 14-day extension of time to finalise
your request.

 

The current due date of this request is 10 October 2022. If granted, the
extension would make the new decision date for your request 24 October
2022.

 

We will of course make every effort to finalise the request earlier than
that date.

 

Your response sought

Please respond to this email by COB 28 September 2022 to let me know
whether you are agreeable to this extension of time request.

 

If you do not agree to this extension of time, the Department may need to
apply to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner for an
extension of time under section 15AB of the FOI Act.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me
at: [1][email address].

 

Kind regards

 

Ramona

Assistant Director

Position Number: 62336362

Information Access Unit | Client Access and Rehabilitation Branch
Department of Veterans' Affairs

GPO Box 9998 Canberra ACT 2600 | 21 Genge St Canberra City ACT 2601

 

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Dear INFORMATION.ACCESS,

Yes I agree with your request. Looking forward to receiving all the requested information by no later than the revised date.

Yours sincerely,

Alan ASHMORE

INFORMATION.ACCESS, Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Dear Mr Ashmore

 

Thank you for agreeing to the extension of time request.

 

Kind regards

 

Ramona

Assistant Director

Position Number: 62336362

Information Access Unit | Client Access and Rehabilitation Branch
Department of Veterans' Affairs

GPO Box 9998 Canberra ACT 2600 | 21 Genge St Canberra City ACT 2601

 

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