McKinsey

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From: Andy Johnson

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Dear Department of Health,

I would like to request a copy of all reports / documents delivered by consulting firm McKinsey & Company to the Department since 1990. In addition, I would like to request a copy of each invoice paid to McKinsey for each report (including $ fees paid, rate card applied, and other commercial terms).

According to AusTender, DoH has spent a not insignificant amount on McKinsey over the past 10 years.

Given the recent, significant public interest in McKinsey due to their controversial activities in anti democratic or corrupt governments such as South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia (1MDB), I request that the FOIA request fees be waived.

Andy

Yours faithfully,

Andy Johnson

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Dear Mr Johnson

 

I refer to your request below received by the Department of Health on 25
February 2020.

 

As your request relates to seven separate Divisions within the department,
please advise if you are agreeable to the request being split between
these divisions.

 

Please provide us with a response by COB 5 March 2020.

 

Regards

FOI Officer

 

FOI and Legislation Support Section

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Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666  | E: [2][Health request email] 

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

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Dear Mr Johnson

 

I refer to your request of Tuesday 25 February 2020 to the Department of
Health (department), seeking access under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (Cth) (FOI Act), to the following documents:

 

“… a copy of all reports/documents delivered by consulting firm McKinsey &
Company to the Department since 1990. In addition, I would like to request
a copy of each invoice paid to McKinsey for each report (including $ fees
paid, rate card applied, and other commercial terms).

 

According to AusTender, DoH has spent a not insignificant amount on
McKinsey amount on McKinsey over the past 10 years.”

 

Preliminary searches

 

The relevant line areas within the department have conducted preliminary
searches for documents within scope of your request from the year 1990. A
large volume of documents have been identified, which will take
significant time to work through to identify documents relevant to the
broad request. Further, the documents sit across seven different divisions
of the department, and consultation with a third party on the documents
would be required. The department is of the view that, in its current
form, processing your request would be a substantial and unreasonable
diversion of the department’s resources, leading to a ‘practical refusal’
decision being made under section 24AA of the FOI Act.

 

Refining scope

 

We are seeking to work with you to refine the scope of this request and
seek your consideration and agreement to preferred options below to refine
the scope. In doing so, you may wish to consider:

 

      i.        reducing the time period for the documents you are seeking
e.g. the past 5 years or 10 years;

     ii.        restricting your request to copies of final reports and
invoices only;

    iii.        excluding draft documents;

   iv.        excluding purely administrative documents;

     v.        excluding email correspondence.

 

Response due date

 

On this basis, could you please respond by COB Friday 13 March 2020 as to
your preferred option(s) as outlined above, otherwise the department may
need to proceed to a formal consultation notice under section 24AB of the
FOI Act.

 

If you require clarification of any of the matters discussed in this email
you should contact the department’s FOI Unit on (02) 6289 1666, or by
email at [1][email address].

 

 

Kind regards

 

Ramona

 

FOI Unit – FOI and Legislation Support Section

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Legal & Assurance Division |  Corporate Operations Group

Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666 | E: [3][email address

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of
Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to all Elders past and present. 

 

If you receive this email in error, please delete it and contact the
sender immediately.

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From: Andy Johnson

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Dear FOI,

We can limit the search to last 5 years. Does that help?
Also we can exclude administrative documents. I’m interested in offical reports delivered by McKinsey to the Department.

Yours sincerely,

Andy Johnson

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Dear Mr Johnson,

 

I refer to your request of Tuesday 25 February 2020 to the Department of
Health (department) for access to documents under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) to the following documents:

 

‘I would like to request a copy of all reports / documents delivered by
consulting firm McKinsey & Company to the Department since 1990. In
addition, I would like to request a copy of each invoice paid to McKinsey
for each report (including $ fees paid, rate card applied, and other
commercial terms).’

 

Request for extension of time

 

The department is actively processing your request and is aiming to
finalise it as quickly as possible. However, the department is currently
experiencing an increased workload to manage and respond to the
coronavirus pandemic, with a large amount of resources being diverted to
do so. The content of your request means that any documents that exist
would sit with the line area who has responsibility for the department’s
continued response to the coronavirus.

 

On this basis, the department is seeking an extension of 14 calendar days,
with a decision to be provided to you no later than COB Friday, 10 April
2020.

 

Next Steps

 

Could you please advise the department by COB Wednesday, 25 March 2020
if you agree to the request for extension of time?

 

 

Kind regards

FOI Unit

 

FOI Team - FOI and Legislation Support Section

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Legal & Assurance Division | Corporate Operations Group

Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666 | E: [2][email address]

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of
Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to all Elders past and present.

 

If you receive this email in error, please delete it and contact the
sender immediately.

 

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