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Historical instructions - Entry Screening

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From: Regina Jefferies

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Dear Department of Home Affairs,

I respectfully request under Freedom of Information:

Any historical Procedural Instructions, Policy Guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures, or similar document related to screening protection claims made at Australian airports, issued prior to 13 March 2013.

I have received the current Entry Screening policy and Procedural Instruction under FA 181101547, as well as the historical Standard Operating Procedure 'Managing claimants for protection' under FA 20200100730. I am requesting documents that pre-date both of those documents.

Yours faithfully,

Regina Jefferies

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FOI Request: FA 20/07/01368
File Number: OBJ2020/25059

Dear Ms Jefferies

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request
I refer to your correspondence received on 22 July 2020 seeking access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

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Scope of request

You have requested access to the following:
I respectfully request under Freedom of Information:
Any historical Procedural Instructions, Policy Guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures, or similar document related to screening protection claims made at Australian airports, issued prior to 13 March 2013.

Your request was received by the Department on 22 July 2020 and has been allocated FOI request number FA 20/07/01368 . Please include your FOI request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of Information Section.

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Contacting the FOI Section
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Yours sincerely

FOI Officer
FOI and Records Management Branch
Data Division
Strategy & Law Enforcement Group
Department of Home Affairs | www.homeaffairs.gov.au
E: [DIBP request email]

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Good morning,

I refer to your request received on 22 July 2020 for access to documents under the FOI Act.

The current due date for your request is 21 August 2020.

Due to the number of requests currently being processed by our office, we will not be able to finalise your request by the original due date.

In order for the Department to complete the process of retrieving all the documents that fall within the scope of your request the Department will require additional time to process your request.

The Department seeks your agreement under section 15AA of the FOI Act to extend the timeframe for the processing of your request by 30 days. This would extend the due date for your request to 20 September 2020.

It would assist the Department in managing its FOI caseload if you could provide a response to this request by close of business, Friday 14 August 2020.

If you wish to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact the FOI section on the details below.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Officer
Freedom of Information
FOI and Records Management Branch | Data Division
Corporate and Enabling Group
Department of Home Affairs | Email: [DIBP request email]

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