Historical instructions - Entry Screening

Regina Jefferies made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Home Affairs

The request was refused by Department of Home Affairs.

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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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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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.

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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.

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Dear Ms Jefferies

 

 

FOI Request: FA 20/07/01368

 

I refer to your FOI request received on 22 July 2020, seeking 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.

The Department has made a decision on this request. Please find attached
the decision record released under the FOI Act.  

 

This request has now been closed.

 

 

Regards,

 

FOI Decision Maker

FOI and Records Management Branch

Data Division

Corporate and Enabling Group

Department of Home Affairs | [1]www.homeaffairs.gov.au

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From: Regina Jefferies

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Dear Department of Home Affairs,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Home Affairs's handling of my FOI request 'Historical instructions - Entry Screening'.

I requested '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.'

In a response dated 31 August 2020, the Department apparently identified one document as falling within the scope of the request, but decieded to exempt the document in full from disclosure because the officer found that the documents 'form part of the Procedures Advice Manual (PAM) titled "Detention Screening".'

However, a full search of the Procedures Advice Manual (PAM) in LEGENDcom does not reveal any section entitled 'Detention Screening'. The FOI official's reference to this so-called section does not include any number or chapter reference and it is unclear to which documents the official refers.

There is a section of the PAM entitled 'Border screening detention' although it is unclear that this is the section to which the official refers. Furthermore, the 'Border screening detention' section also refers to prior policies entitled 'screening detention' and 'restrictive detention'.

I respectfully request a review to pinpoint the document(s) to which the original official referred, as well as whether there are in fact other pre-2013 documents which are not publicly available.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/h...

Best regards,

Regina Jefferies

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FOI request: FA 20/07/01368-R1

File number: OBJ2020/25059

 

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The decision under review is the Department’s decision of 31 August 2020.

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7 October 2020

Ms. Regina Jefferies

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FOI Request:       FA 20/07/01368-R1

File Number:       OBJ2020/25259 

Dear Ms. Jefferies

Decision on Internal Review – Freedom of Information Act 1982

I refer to your correspondence dated 8 September 2020 in which you
requested that the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) review its
decision on access to documents dated 31 August 2020 under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

Please find attached decision record and released document in relation to
this matter.

 

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The request was refused, because the data are available publicly. The Internal Review response provided the detail that I sought about where the historical instructions are located in the PAM and LEGENDCOM, so ultimately the internal review request was successful in the sense of pinpointing the relevant documents.

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