Incoming ministers briefing documents, and skillselect rounds policy for 2022-23

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Tharun Thatikonda

Dear Department of Home Affairs,

1) I request to release incoming ministers briefing documents handed to:

a) The Hon Andrew Giles MP Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.

b) The Hon Clare O'Neil MP Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Cyber Security.

2) Plans, reports, emails, notes of discussions, or meeting agenda department hold regarding skillselect invitation rounds for 2022-23 financial year.

Yours faithfully,
Tharun Thatikonda

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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Tharun Thatikonda

Dear Department of Home Affairs,

Can anyone from DHA please confirm that whether my request is in process or not. I have made a request two weeks ago, but till date I didn't receive any acknowledgement of my request.

Yours faithfully,
Tharun Thatikonda

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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·       For visa and our requirements for entry to Australia
[4]https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/ge...

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·       To check your current visa details and conditions use the
Department’s Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) portal which can
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·       If you are experiencing technical difficulties in lodging your
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In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 22/07/00457
File Number: OBJ2022/18617

Dear Tharun Thatikonda,

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request
This letter acknowledges we received your request on 11 July 2022 to access documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act). This letter also provides important information about your request.

Scope of request
You have requested access to the following:
1) I request to release incoming ministers briefing documents handed to:

a) The Hon Andrew Giles MP Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.

b) The Hon Clare O'Neil MP Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Cyber Security.

2) Plans, reports, emails, notes of discussions, or meeting agenda department hold regarding skillselect invitation rounds for 2022-23 financial year.

Your request was received by the Department on 11 July 2022 and has been allocated FOI request number FA 22/07/00457. Please include your FOI request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of Information Section.

Timeframe for receiving your decision
The statutory timeframe for processing a request is 30 days from the date upon which your application was received by the Department.

Your review rights in relation to your request are available on the website of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

Fees and Charges
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Charges are based on the amount of time the Department spends on your request. Charges can range from $10 to over $1,000 depending on the complexity and scope of your request. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner reported that across the public service, the average charge notified was $335.50 in 2020-21.
If a charge applies, you will be issued with a Notice of Charge that explains the charge and your options.
Detailed information about FOI charges that may apply to your FOI request is available on the Department’s website.

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Kind regards,

FOI Officer - Geoff
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FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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In reply please quote:

FOI Request:   FA 22/07/00457

File Number:   OBJ2022/18617 

 

Dear Tharun Thatikonda,

I refer to your request received on 11 July 2022 for access to documents
under the FOI Act. 

The current due date for your request is 10 August 2022. 

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 Friday 9 September 2022. 

It would assist the Department in managing its FOI caseload if you could
provide a response to this request by close of business, Thursday 4 August
2022

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

 

Kind regards,

 

FOI Officer - Geoff

Freedom of Information

Department of Home Affairs

 

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Tharun Thatikonda

Dear FOI,
FOI Request: FA 22/07/00457
File Number: OBJ2022/18617

I agree to provide extra time as requested by FOI section of DHA.

Yours sincerely,
Tharun Thatikonda

Tharun Thatikonda

Dear FOI,

FOI Request: FA 22/07/00457
File Number: OBJ2022/18617

I would like to bring to your notice that I am happy to drop incoming ministers briefing documents as those were made available in disclosure logs today by DHA.

Can I also know that removal of part of request will be helpful to department and can process my request as per original timeframe?.

Yours sincerely,
Tharun Thatikonda

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 22/07/00457
File Number: OBJ2022/18617

Dear Tharun Thatikonda,

Thank you. As per your instructions the Department will no longer consider Question 1.

The Department will still need the extra time to search for documents you requested in Question 2 of your scope.

Please advise by reply email whether you would prefer to continue with, or withdraw this request.

Kind regards,

FOI Officer - Geoff
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Tharun Thatikonda

Dear FOI,

FOI Request: FA 22/07/00457
File Number: OBJ2022/18617

I am happy to provide extension and go head with Question 2 of my request.

Yours sincerely,
Tharun Thatikonda