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Labour Hire - DVA Perth Office

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Dear Department of Veterans' Affairs,

May I please access the current Labour Hire Contract in place between DVA (WA office) and Adecco Group.

May I please access the current Labour Hire Contract in place between DVA (WA office) and Hudson.

May I please view the V2 funding arrangement, specifically in relation to the hiring of V2 classified staff in the Perth DVA office during 2020.

May I please access the number of Labour Hire staff working specifically for - "Perth DRCA PI team" or "perth PI - DRCA processing team" on the following dates:
01/03/2019
01/06/2019
01/10/2019
01/11/2019
01/01/2020
01/03/2020
01/10/2020
01/11/2020 (or day of request processing)

May I please have access to the costs of labour hire staff in the Perth DVA office for September 2020.

A list of projects and dates of commencement and completion which required the need for labour hire workforce within the WA DVA office.

Any other reason/justification for the need to utilise labour hire staff in the Perth Office and the number used from 01/01/2020 to present.

Yours faithfully,

Penny Imnes

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Dear Ms Penny Imnes,

 

I refer to your request for access to documents held by the Department of
Veterans’ Affairs (Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(Cth) (FOI Act).

 

Your request was received by the Department on 12 October 2020 and was
made in the following terms:

 

‘… May I please access the current Labour Hire Contract in place between
DVA (WA office) and Adecco Group.

 

May I please access the current Labour Hire Contract in place between DVA
(WA office) and Hudson.

 

May I please view the V2 funding arrangement, specifically in relation to
the hiring of V2 classified staff in the Perth DVA office during 2020.

 

May I please access the number of Labour Hire staff working specifically
for - "Perth DRCA PI team" or "perth PI - DRCA processing team" on the
following dates:

01/03/2019

01/06/2019

01/10/2019

01/11/2019

01/01/2020

01/03/2020

01/10/2020

01/11/2020 (or day of request processing)

 

May I please have access to the costs of labour hire staff in the Perth
DVA office for September 2020.

 

A list of projects and dates of commencement and completion which required
the need for labour hire workforce within the WA DVA office.

 

Any other reason/justification for the need to utilise labour hire staff
in the Perth Office and the number used from 01/01/2020 to present…’

 

The Department has 30 days to finalise your request. The 30 day statutory
timeframe commenced the day after your request was received by the
Department.

 

Ordinarily you should expect a decision from the Department by 11 November
2020.

 

Interrupted work practices impacted by COVID-19

 

The Department is continuing to work through its FOI case load as quickly
as possible. However, the Department is and will continue to experience an
interruption in the way it will be able to manage FOI requests.

 

As you are likely to be aware, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has been declared a
pandemic by the World Health Organisation.

 

As the Department focuses its efforts on managing the impact of COVID-19
on its critical services and employees, other non-critical services may
not be delivered within expected timeframes. It is possible that during
this time, business areas that would ordinarily have capacity to undertake
searches and assist in the processing of FOI requests may not be readily
available to provide that assistance. This may have an impact on the
manner and timeframe in which the Department can process FOI requests.

 

We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and
cooperation during this period.

 

Removal of non-SES staff details for more efficient decision making

 

To allow for more efficient decision making, the Department will remove
all non-SES staff names and contact details from documents falling within
the scope of your request. This will not include those staff details that
have been provided to you, such as in correspondence sent by the staff
member to you.

The need to assess whether staff details should be withheld adds to the
decision making time. The Department is committed to processing as many
access requests as it can during the pandemic. This means ensuring
requests are specific and that they allow for more efficient decision
making.

 

On this basis, unless you tell us otherwise, we will assume that these
staff details are excluded from the scope of your request and they will be
redacted under section 22 of the FOI Act; as being irrelevant to your
request.

 

When the processing period may be extended or suspended

 

As noted above, there are times when the timeframe for processing your
request might be extended by an additional 30 days. This can occur where
an extension of time has been agreed to by yourself under section 15AA of
the FOI Act or where the OAIC has granted an extension of time under
sections 15AB or 15AC of the FOI Act.

 

In addition, if documents you seek contain information of third parties
and the Department is of the view that is practical to consult with the
third parties, then the Department will be afforded an additional 30 days
to undertake that consolation process (see sections 15(6), 26A, 27 and 27A
of the FOI Act).

 

The Department will advise you if a third party consultation process is
required and of the revised due date for your request to be finalised by.

 

Communication with you

 

The FOI Act requires that you provide us with an address which we can send
notices to. You have advised your electronic address is
[1][FOI #6791 email]. We will send all notices
and correspondence to this address. Please advise us if you wish
correspondence to be sent to another address or if your address changes.
If you do not advise us of changes to your address, correspondence and
notices will continue to be sent to the address specified above.

 

FOI Disclosure log – Publication of documents released under the FOI Act

 

Please note that information released under the FOI Act may be published
in a disclosure log on the Department’s website at
[2]https://www.dva.gov.au/about-us/overview....
Section 11C of the FOI Act requires this publication, however it is
subject to certain exceptions, including where publication of personal,
business, professional or commercial information would be unreasonable.

 

When a decision is provided to you, the Department will advise if the
documents released to you will be published on the Department’s FOI
Disclosure log.

 

Contacting us about your FOI request

 

We will email again when the Department has more information. Should you
have any enquiries concerning this matter, please send an email to
[3][email address].

 

Further information on FOI processing can be found at the website of the
OAIC at [4]https://www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-infor....

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Famida (Position Number 62212449)

Information Access Officer

Information Law Section

Legal Services and Audit Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

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