Information given to Minister Reynolds on the sustainability of the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Response to this request is delayed. By law, National Disability Insurance Agency should normally have responded promptly and by (details)

Dear National Disability Insurance Agency,
Please provide information your agency gave to Minister Reynolds, and records of briefings, on the sustainability of the NDIS since she took office as Minister for the NDIS.

Yours faithfully,
Bob Buckley

foi, National Disability Insurance Agency

Thank you for contacting the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

 

Freedom of Information

 

If your message is a request for access to documents under the
Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), we will acknowledge it within
14-days of receipt.  We may be in touch with you sooner if your request is
too large or vague.

 

We are committed to processing all requests as quickly as possible.  We
will keep in regular contact with you, especially if there's any delay in
making a decision.

 

Further information about FOI is available on our website:
[1]https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/policie...

 

Please contact us at [2][NDIA request email] if you have any questions or
require help.

 

Participant Information Access

 

If you are an NDIS participant and you are seeking access to your own
personal information, you can make a request online under our Participant
Information Access (PIA) process.

 

To make a request, please complete our online request form:
[3]https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/policie...

 

Please contact us at [4][email address] if you have any
questions or require help.

 

Other enquiries

 

If your message is for something else, you should direct it to
[5][email address].

 

If your message is received outside our business hours of 9am to 5pm
(AEST), Monday to Friday or on a public holiday, we will action it on the
next business day.

 

If your message is urgent, you can call our National Conact Centre on 1800
800 110.

 

Warm regards

 

NDIA FOI Team
Email: [6][email address]

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foi, National Disability Insurance Agency

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Dear Bob Buckley

 

Freedom of Information Request: Acknowledgement

 

Thank you for your correspondence under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (FOI Act) for copies of documents held by the National Disability
Insurance Agency (NDIA), which was received by the NDIA via the FOI inbox
on 18 August 2021.

 

Scope of your request

You have requested access to the following documents about the National
Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS):

 

“…information your agency gave to Minister Reynolds, and records of
briefings, on the sustainability of the NDIS since she took office as
Minister for the NDIS.”

 

Unless you advise otherwise, we will take it that you agree to the names
and contact details of NDIA staff being excluded from the scope of your
request (that is, the information will be treated as irrelevant).

 

Processing timeframes

A 30-day statutory period for processing your request commenced from 19
August 2021, in accordance with section 15(2A)(c). You should, therefore,
expect a decision from us by 17 September 2021.

 

The period may be extended if we need to consult with third parties or for
other reasons. We will advise you if this happens.

 

Charges

We may apply a processing charge to your request and will advise you as
soon as practicable if a charge is payable.

 

Disclosure Log

Information released under the FOI Act may be published on the NDIA’s
disclosure log located on our website, subject to certain exceptions.

 

If you have any concerns about the publication of information you have
requested, please contact us.

 

Further help

Please contact us at [1][NDIA request email] if you have any questions or need
help.

 

We will contact you using the email address you provided. Please advise if
you would prefer us to use an alternative means of contact.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Officer

Parliamentary, Ministerial & FOI Branch

Government Division

National Disability Insurance Agency

E: [2][NDIA request email]

 

[3]Title: NDIS delivered by the National Disability Insurance Agency

The NDIA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout
Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to them and their cultures and to Elders past, present
and emerging. 

 

 

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foi, National Disability Insurance Agency

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Dear Bob Buckley

 

Thank you for your request for information.

 

We’re sorry to let you know that it’s taken us longer than expected to
process your request.   This is because we require additional time to
consult relevant line areas to ensure we provide you with all documents
relevant to the scope of your request. Unfortunately recent COVID-19
lockdowns have also impacted staff and NDIA operations.

 

We are therefore writing to seek your agreement to a 30 day extension of
time under section 15AA of the FOI Act, making the new due date to provide
a decision on access 18 October 2021.

 

Please let us know whether you agree by 14 September 2021.

 

If you don’t agree, we may need to seek an extension from the Office of
Australian Information Commissioner.

 

We’re sorry that it’s taken us longer than expected and we appreciate your
patience.

 

Please contact us at [1][NDIA request email] if you have any questions or
require help.

 

Kind regards

 

Freedom of Information Officer

Parliamentary, Ministerial and FOI Branch

Government Division

National Disability Insurance Agency

E: [2][NDIA request email]

[3]Title: NDIS delivered by the National Disability Insurance Agency

 

The NDIA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout
Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to them and their cultures and to Elders past, present
and emerging. 

 

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Dear foi,

It makes no difference whether I agree or not.

Yours sincerely,

Bob Buckley

foi, National Disability Insurance Agency

Thank you for contacting the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

 

Freedom of Information

 

If your message is a request for access to documents under the
Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), we will acknowledge it within
14-days of receipt.  We may be in touch with you sooner if your request is
too large or vague.

 

We are committed to processing all requests as quickly as possible.  We
will keep in regular contact with you, especially if there's any delay in
making a decision.

 

Further information about FOI is available on our website:
[1]https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/policie...

 

Please contact us at [2][NDIA request email] if you have any questions or
require help.

 

Participant Information Access

 

If you are an NDIS participant and you are seeking access to your own
personal information, you can make a request online under our Participant
Information Access (PIA) process.

 

To make a request, please complete our online request form:
[3]https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/policie...

 

Please contact us at [4][email address] if you have any
questions or require help.

 

Other enquiries

 

If your message is for something else, you should direct it to
[5][email address].

 

If your message is received outside our business hours of 9am to 5pm
(AEST), Monday to Friday or on a public holiday, we will action it on the
next business day.

 

If your message is urgent, you can call our National Conact Centre on 1800
800 110.

 

Warm regards

 

NDIA FOI Team
Email: [6][email address]

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Rochelle Dunlop,

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Our reference: RQ21/02742

Agency reference: FOI 21/22-0187

 

 

Mr Bob Buckley

Sent by email: [1][FOI #7697 email]

Extension of time application by the National Disability Insurance Agency

Dear Mr Buckley

 

I write to advise that on 13 September 2021, the Office of the Australian
Information Commissioner (the OAIC) received an application from the
National Disability Insurance Agency (the NDIA) for an extension of time
to process your FOI request of 18 August 2021.

 

The NDIA has applied for an extension of time under s 15AB of the Freedom
of Information Act 1982 (Cth) because your request is considered to be
complex and voluminous. 

·     The NDIA has advised the OAIC that:

−     on 10 September 2021, the NDIA sought your agreement to an extension
of time under s 15AA of the FOI Act. The NDIA advises that you responded
that ‘it makes no difference whether I agree or not’. The NDIA has taken
your response to indicate that you did not agree to the request.

−     the FOI request is complex in nature and voluminous and seeks access
to a large number of documents

−     the NDIA is conducting searches and consultations with staff to
identify all relevant documents within scope, and determine whether it
needs to further engage with you

−     the information requested is highly likely to contain a number of
sensitivities and therefore requires additional time and consultation
during the decision making process.

−     COVID-19 lockdowns have impacted on the NDIA’s agency operations,
and

−     the NDIA will continue to liaise with you and provide you with a
decision as soon as possible.

The NDIA has requested an extension to 18 October 2021. I will take any
comments you may have to make into account when deciding the application.

 

Please respond to this email by close of business 17 September 2021.  If
I do not hear from you by this date, I will proceed to make a decision on
the basis of the information provided to me by the NDIA.

 

You will be notified of the decision once the matter has been finalised.

 

Further information about extension of time requests may be found on our
website at [2]Extensions of time.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

 

 

[3][IMG]   Rochelle Dunlop  |  Review and
Investigation Advisor

Investigations and Compliance

Freedom of information
Regulatory Group

Office of the Australian
Information Commissioner

GPO Box 5218 Sydney NSW 2001  |
 [4]oaic.gov.au

+61 2 9284 9783  | 
[5][email address]
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Dear Rochelle Dunlop,
Thanks for your letter.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) keeps much of its business secret from the people who depend on it. It is important that people with disability know what the Agency tells its Minister since we feel some of the advice they provide misinterprets data and misrepresents our community and its representatives. We need to be aware of advice given to the Minister and the Government; we'd like to provide our side of the discussion.
Government gave us just 4 weeks to respond to proposed revision of NDIS legislation. This timeframe is completely inadequate, but we can't just give ourselves an extension, which is what the NDIA did in this matter.
As I indicated in my response to the NDIA, it makes no difference what I say - the NDIA took an extension and may still choose to decline my request, or limit access to information. We'll just wait and see what we get and when we get it.
Good luck.

Yours sincerely,

Bob Buckley

Rochelle Dunlop,

Hi I'm out of the office today. If your email is urgent please contact
Shelley Napper on [email address] or (02) 9284 9721.

Thanks Rochelle Dunlop

 

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Our reference: RQ21/02742

Agency reference: FOI 21/22-0187

Mr Bob Buckley

Sent by email: [1][FOI #7697 email]

Extension of time under s 15AB

Dear Mr Buckley

Please find attached a decision of today’s date for an extension of time
from the National Disability Insurance Agency.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

[2][IMG]   Rochelle Dunlop  |  Review and
Investigation Advisor

Investigations and Compliance

Freedom of information
Regulatory Group

Office of the Australian
Information Commissioner

GPO Box 5218 Sydney NSW 2001  |
 [3]oaic.gov.au

+61 2 9284 9783  | 
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