In October 2014 Mrs Brpnwyn Bishop claimed $88,000 in entitlements on a two-week trip to Europe

Vito Guzzardi made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Finance

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From: Vito Guzzardi

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Dear Department of Finance,

Please provide itemised account for the overseas trip taken by Mrs Bronwyn Bishop in October 2014 for her and her 2 staff members and in particular the $88,000 in entitlements and / or costs for that two-week trip to Europe.

Yours faithfully,

Vito Guzzardi

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From: Vito Guzzardi

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Dear FOI Requests,

I am sending another note as to the status of my original query / application. Please advise further.

Yours sincerely,

Vito Guzzardi

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Dear Mr Guzzardi,

 

Freedom of Information Request – FOI15/106

We would like to sincerely apologise for not processing your FOI request
within statutory timeframes.  Although your email was correctly addressed
to the Department of Finance (Finance) FOI requests inbox and an automated
acknowledgement response was sent to you on 31 July 2015, an inadvertent
administrative error resulted in your email being overlooked.  As a
result, no action was taken in relation to your FOI request.  I note that
you have advised that you sent a follow up email to Finance on 1 September
2015, however, we have been unable to locate this email. 

 

Finance is committed to complying with its obligations under the Freedom
of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and will now process your FOI request as
a matter of priority.  Specifically, your FOI request is for access to:

 

Please provide itemised account for the overseas trip taken by Mrs Bronwyn
Bishop in October 2014 for her and her 2 staff members and in particular
the $88,000 in entitlements and / or costs for that two-week trip to
Europe.

 

Given the statutory timeframe has expired, Finance will endeavour to
expedite the processing of your FOI request.  However, if a large number
of documents are identified and numerous third party consultations are
required, it may take up to 60 days to finalise the processing of your FOI
request.  Finance will provide you with an update on expected timeframes
once the relevant documents have been identified.

 

Finance notes that a basic breakdown of the costs associated with this
trip is publically available at 
[1]http://www.finance.gov.au/sites/default/...

 

Liability to pay a charge

As your request, received on 31 July 2015, was not processed within
statutory timeframes, you will not be liable to pay a charge. 

 

Publication

As required by the FOI Act, any documents provided to you under the FOI
Act will be published on our [2]disclosure log, unless an exemption
applies or the documents are characterised as containing personal
information.  Documents will be published within one working day after
they are released to you.

 

Policy to exclude junior officer contact details

Finance has adopted a policy to generally exclude the names and contact
details of junior staff (non-SES officers) from any documents released
under FOI. Finance’s preference is to reach agreement with FOI applicants
to exclude these details from the scope of the request. Where there is no
objection, the names and contact details of junior officers are redacted
under section 22 of the FOI Act, on the basis that these details are
irrelevant to the request. 

 

Please contact the FOI Team on the below contact details if you wish to
discuss your request.

 

Regards, Kira

[3]Department of Finance and Deregulation

FOI Officer

Legal Services Branch

Corporate Services Division

Department of Finance

T: 02 6215 1783 E: [email address]

UNCLASSIFIED

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From: Vito Guzzardi

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Dear FOI Requests / Kira,

Thanks for the e-mails from earlier today.

Yours sincerely,

Vito Guzzardi

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Thank you for your email to the Freedom of Information section of the
Department of Finance (Finance).  We have received your email and will
endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible.

 

You may view Finance’s Freedom of Information procedures and processes on
[1]http://www.finance.gov.au/foi/foi.html

 

Further information relating to Freedom of Information can be found on the
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s [2]website.

 

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Department of Finance

 

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UNCLASSIFIED

Good morning Mr Guzzardi,

 

Finance has identified the documents relevant to your FOI request (our
reference number FOI15/106).  Finance will be undertaking consultation
with a number of third parties.  As such, we anticipate that we will be
able to notify you of a decision, regarding release of the documents, by 2
November 2015.

 

Please feel free to contact the FOI Team, on the below details, if you
would like to discuss your request. 

 

Regards, Kira

[1]Department of Finance and Deregulation

FOI Officer

Legal Services Branch

Corporate Services Division

Department of Finance

T: 02 6215 1783 E: [2][email address]

 

UNCLASSIFIED

From: FOI Requests
Sent: Thursday, 1 October 2015 9:32 AM
To: [3][FOI #1154 email]
Cc: FOI Requests
Subject: FOI15/106 Acknowledgement of Request [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

 

UNCLASSIFIED

 

Dear Mr Guzzardi,

 

Freedom of Information Request – FOI15/106

We would like to sincerely apologise for not processing your FOI request
within statutory timeframes.  Although your email was correctly addressed
to the Department of Finance (Finance) FOI requests inbox and an automated
acknowledgement response was sent to you on 31 July 2015, an inadvertent
administrative error resulted in your email being overlooked.  As a
result, no action was taken in relation to your FOI request.  I note that
you have advised that you sent a follow up email to Finance on 1 September
2015, however, we have been unable to locate this email. 

 

Finance is committed to complying with its obligations under the Freedom
of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and will now process your FOI request as
a matter of priority.  Specifically, your FOI request is for access to:

 

Please provide itemised account for the overseas trip taken by Mrs Bronwyn
Bishop in October 2014 for her and her 2 staff members and in particular
the $88,000 in entitlements and / or costs for that two-week trip to
Europe.

 

Given the statutory timeframe has expired, Finance will endeavour to
expedite the processing of your FOI request.  However, if a large number
of documents are identified and numerous third party consultations are
required, it may take up to 60 days to finalise the processing of your FOI
request.  Finance will provide you with an update on expected timeframes
once the relevant documents have been identified.

 

Finance notes that a basic breakdown of the costs associated with this
trip is publically available at 
[4]http://www.finance.gov.au/sites/default/...

 

Liability to pay a charge

As your request, received on 31 July 2015, was not processed within
statutory timeframes, you will not be liable to pay a charge. 

 

Publication

As required by the FOI Act, any documents provided to you under the FOI
Act will be published on our [5]disclosure log, unless an exemption
applies or the documents are characterised as containing personal
information.  Documents will be published within one working day after
they are released to you.

 

Policy to exclude junior officer contact details

Finance has adopted a policy to generally exclude the names and contact
details of junior staff (non-SES officers) from any documents released
under FOI. Finance’s preference is to reach agreement with FOI applicants
to exclude these details from the scope of the request. Where there is no
objection, the names and contact details of junior officers are redacted
under section 22 of the FOI Act, on the basis that these details are
irrelevant to the request. 

 

Please contact the FOI Team on the below contact details if you wish to
discuss your request.

 

Regards, Kira

[6]Department of Finance and Deregulation

FOI Officer

Legal Services Branch

Corporate Services Division

Department of Finance

T: 02 6215 1783 E: [7][email address]

UNCLASSIFIED

 

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UNCLASSIFIED

Good afternoon Mr Guzzardi,

 

Please find attached, decision and documents in regards to your FOI
request (our reference number FOI15/106).

 

Regards, Kira

[1]Department of Finance and Deregulation

FOI Officer

Legal Services Branch

Corporate Services Division

Department of Finance

T: 02 6215 1783 E: [email address]

 

UNCLASSIFIED

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