Indigenous Operational Blueprints

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Dear Services Australia,

I request, under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, copies of the following documents:

Accessing an Indigenous interpreter 125-17060200
Identifying barriers to participation for Indigenous customers 001-09020110
Initial contact and identification of services for Indigenous Australians 125-01000000
Services to Indigenous job seekers 125-02010040

from your Operational Blueprints.

I request that it be posted to your operational blueprint site for all to see if unredacted, or if unable to be done a PDF to this right to know request.

Should these requests number greater than the minimum allowed free time for Freedom of information requests under the act, please continue to reduce the scope of this request from 4x requests to one, in order as appearing above.

Ideally I would like ALL of the operational documents that have the word 'indigenous' in the operational blueprint title be unblocked, but if that would incur a fee, please disregard this part of the scope.

Yours faithfully,

OpenWelfare

FREEDOMOFINFORMATION, Services Australia



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Dear OpenWelfare

 

Thank you for your request to Services Australia (the agency) dated 19
June 2022, made in the following terms:

 

I request, under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, copies of the
following documents:

 

Accessing an Indigenous interpreter 125-17060200 Identifying barriers to
participation for Indigenous customers 001-09020110 Initial contact and
identification of services for Indigenous Australians 125-01000000
Services to Indigenous job seekers 125-02010040

 

from your Operational Blueprints.

 

I request that it be posted to your operational blueprint site for all to
see if unredacted, or if unable to be done a PDF to this right to know
request.

 

Should these requests number greater than the minimum allowed free time
for Freedom of information requests under the act, please continue to
reduce the scope of this request from 4x requests to one, in order as
appearing above.

 

Ideally I would like ALL of the operational documents that have the word
'indigenous' in the operational blueprint title be unblocked, but if that
would incur a fee, please disregard this part of the scope.

 

 

Your request is invalid

 

In its current form, your request does not meet the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and has not been registered as a
valid request.

 

The FOI Act provides a right of access to documents which are in the
possession of the agency. The second part of your request, being “Ideally
I would like ALL of the operational documents that have the word
'indigenous' in the operational blueprint title be unblocked, but if that
would incur a fee, please disregard this part of the scope”, is currently
framed as a request for the agency to update their processes relating to
the publication of certain Operational Blueprints rather than for specific
documents. As the agency cannot ‘part process’ your request, we consider
the whole request to be invalid.

 

Assistance with making a valid FOI request

 

In order to prevent delays in the processing of your request, you may wish
to withdraw the second part of your request at this time. This will enable
the agency to process the first part of your request, being for a copy of
Operational Blueprints 125-17060200, 001-09020110, 125-01000000 and
125-02010040, in the most timely manner.

 

Alternatively, you can revise the scope of your current request to be a
valid FOI request.

 

If you would like to make a valid FOI request, section 15 of the FOI Act
provides the criteria for making a valid request. Specifically, the
request must:

 

·         be in writing and state that it is for the purposes of the FOI
Act

·         have a return address, and

·         relevantly, be a request for specific documents with enough
information to enable the agency to identify them.

 

Other considerations

 

I refer to the second part of your request, being the following:

 

Ideally I would like ALL of the operational documents that have the word
'indigenous' in the operational blueprint title be unblocked, but if that
would incur a fee, please disregard this part of the scope.

 

Please note, if you proceed to make a valid FOI request and confirm you
are seeking “ALL of the operational documents that have the word
'indigenous' in the operational blueprint” (and insofar as the agency may
be able to identify the documents you are seeking), this component of your
request could potentially capture a significant volume of documents. On
this basis, processing this part of your request is likely to
substantially and unreasonably divert the resources of the agency and a
practical refusal reason under section 24AA of the FOI Act may exist.
Further, as this component of your request may capture a significant
volume of documents containing non-personal information, it is likely that
in accordance with section 29 of the FOI Act, you will be liable to pay a
charge for the processing of your request.

 

For your action

 

Please respond to this email by close of business Friday 1 July 2022
advising if you would like to withdraw the second part of your request, or
otherwise revise your request so it may be registered as a valid request.
If we do not hear from you within that time, we will assume you no longer
wish to proceed with a FOI request.

 

If you have any questions please email
[1][email address].

 

Kind regards

 

Phillipa

Freedom of Information Team

LEGAL SERVICES DIVISION

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Dear Phillipa,

*sigh*

ok, thanks for the explicit advice though, i will reduce it back to what i consider the original scope:

Accessing an Indigenous interpreter 125-17060200
Identifying barriers to participation for Indigenous customers 001-09020110
Initial contact and identification of services for Indigenous Australians 125-01000000
Services to Indigenous job seekers 125-02010040

Yours sincerely,

OpenWelfare