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Individualised assessments conducted at sea

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From: Elias Ross

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Dear Department of Home Affairs,

I am requesting all 'Individualised Assessment Obligations File Notes', 'Individualised Assessment Protection File Notes' and other documents that have been written for the individualised assessments undertaken when persons travelling by boat from Sri Lanka in an attempt to reach Australia have been intercepted and interviewed at sea.

Yours faithfully,

Elias

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FOI Request: FA 20/06/00253
File Number: OBJ2020/18661

Dear Mr Ross,

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

I refer to your correspondence received on 4 June 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:

All 'Individualised Assessment Obligations File Notes', 'Individualised Assessment Protection File Notes' and other documents that have been written for the individualised assessments undertaken when persons travelling by boat from Sri Lanka in an attempt to reach Australia have been intercepted and interviewed at sea.

Your request was received by the Department on 4 June 2020 and has been allocated FOI request number FA 20/06/00253. Please include your FOI request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of Information Section.

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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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FOI Request:         FA 20/06/00253

File Number:          OBJ2020/18661 

Dear Mr Ross,

I refer to your email dated 4 June 2020 in which you request access to
documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

 

I am writing to tell you that I intend to refuse your request on the basis
that a practical refusal reason exists. However, before I make a final
decision to do this, you have an opportunity to revise your request to
remove the practical refusal reason. This is called a ‘request
consultation process’. You have 14 days to respond to this notice.

 

 

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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From: Elias Ross

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Dear FOI,

I would like to amend my FOI request as follows:

During the Operations Sovereign Borders reporting period 1 August 2019 to 31 August 2019, 13 Sri Lankan nationals were intercepted by the Australian Government at sea. Please provide the Individualised Assessment Obligations File Notes and Individualised Assessment Protection File Notes which were conducted for the purposes of individualised assessment of Australia's non-refoulement obligations. Please also provide interview transcripts and screening outcomes for those 13 people assessed.

Yours sincerely,

Elias Ross

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Good morning,

I refer to your request received on 4 June 2020 for access to documents under the FOI Act.

The current due date for your request is 4 July 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 3 August 2020.

It would assist the Department in managing its FOI caseload if you could provide a response to this request by close of business, Monday 29 June 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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Dear FOI,

Please respond by 3 August

Yours sincerely,

Elias Ross

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Dear Mr Ross,

 

FOI request FA 20/06/00253

 

I refer to your FOI request received on 4 June 2020, seeking access to the
following:

During the Operations Sovereign Borders reporting period 1 August 2019 to
31 August 2019, 13 Sri Lankan nationals were intercepted by the Australian
Government at sea. Please provide the Individualised Assessment
Obligations File Notes and Individualised Assessment Protection File Notes
which were conducted for the purposes of individualised assessment of
Australia's non-refoulement obligations. Please also provide interview
transcripts and screening outcomes for those 13 people assessed.

 

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

 

This request has now been closed.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

FOI Officer

Freedom of Information

FOI and Records Management Branch | Data Division

Strategy & Law Enforcement Group

Department of Home Affairs | Email: [DIBP request email]

 

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FOI Request:         FA 20/06/00711

File Number:          OBJ2020/19940 

Dear Mr Ross

I refer to your email dated 2 September 2020 in which you request access
to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

 I am writing to tell you that I intend to refuse your request on the
basis that a practical refusal reason exists. However, before I make a
final decision to do this, you have an opportunity to revise your request
to remove the practical refusal reason. This is called a ‘request
consultation process’. You have 14 days to respond to this notice. Please
respond by COB 24 September 2020.

Kind regards

Tina

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Freedom of Information (FOI) Section

FOI and Records Management Branch

Data Division

Strategy & Law Enforcement Group

E: [DIBP request email]

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

 

 

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