Melbourne waiting lists and processing times

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Dear Department of Home Affairs,

Could we please understand the backlog of citizenship requests in Melbourne and see what date processing of these applications is up to? WA is a c. 3month turnaround end to end but Victoria seems significantly longer. COVID appears to have almost halted activity. Could we please understand the numbers behind this?

Yours faithfully,

Eager applicant

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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Yours sincerely,

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Strategy & Law Enforcement Group
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Dear FOI,

Thanks for your clarification. Please confirm the number of applications outstanding for Victorian/Melbourne citizenship

Yours sincerely,

Eager Applicant

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In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 20/11/00415
File Number: OBJ2020/35349

Dear Eager Applicant

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

I refer to your correspondence received on 6 November 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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You have requested access to the following:

The number of applications outstanding for Victorian/Melbourne citizenship .

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Good morning,

I refer to your request received on 6 November 2020 for access to documents under the FOI Act.

The current due date for your request is 6 December 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.

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 5 January 2021.

It would assist the Department in managing its FOI caseload if you could provide a response to this request by close of business, Friday 27 November 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
Strategy & Law Enforcement Group
Department of Home Affairs | Email: [DIBP request email]

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Dear Eager Applicant

 

FOI request FA 20/11/00415

 

I refer to your FOI request received on 6 November 2020, seeking access to
the following:

The number of applications outstanding for Victorian/Melbourne citizenship
.

 

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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