Internal systems of control

Menzies made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Legal Branch
GPO Box 2013
Canberra ACT 2601

ATT FOI Coordinator

I am requesting access to information under the Freedom of Information Act.

Harry Witherspoon received this response with respect to the Department's (non)compliance with finance legislation here-

The Department appropriates $3.9 billion per annum yet it had not conducted a single divisional fraud risk-assessment for AusIndustry in over 37 months.

The branch responsible for this debacle is the Legal Audit and Assurance branch; also entrusted with managing Department FOI requests.

Notably, the Department held that it will not release documents with reports under section 17 without a ready-made 'database' as its staff struggles with having to use their "eyes and brains" in completing such tasks- (pg. 28 para. 200).

Recently, the Department declined another report under section 17, claiming that it refuses access to information under the act whilst its website states that to make an application "you must submit a request in writing stating that you’re requesting information under the Act"-

I am requesting a document that contains a report with A-C as follows (for each Department Division from 1 January 2016 until 1 January 2020)-
A. Number of completed fraud risk assessments as per s 6 and s 7.6 of the Fraud and Corruption Control Plan 2018-20 (FCCP).
B. Number of completed fraud audits as per s 14.2 of the FCCP
C. Number of completed fraud detection compliance reviews as per s 14.4 of the FCCP.

A simple report with these numbers will suffice.

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Freedom of Information, Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources

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    RE Freedom of Information request Internal systems of control report SEC OFFICIAL.html

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    L67328 Notice of Decision practical refusal.pdf

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Dear Menzies


We refer to your correspondence to the Department of Industry, Science,
Energy and Resources on 7 December 2020 (below).


As explained to you on 2 December 2020 in reference to another request you
made (attached), the Freedom of Information Act operates in respect of
documents. Noting that you have lodged the same request as you did on 2
December 2020 without consideration of revising your scope, we will not be
accepting this request as valid.


As a matter of courtesy, we also noted that if you were to submit a valid
request for documents, it is likely that this request would also attract a
practical refusal. This is because this current request is very similar to
your previous request, FOI 67328 (attached) and the same reasons would


Therefore, the Department will not be accepting your correspondence of 7
December 2020 as a valid request and no further action will be taken.




FOI Team

Legal, Audit & Assurance | Corporate & Digital

02 6213 6419 Ext. 66419 | [1][email address]


Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources |


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