Ministerial Submissions

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Dear Attorney-General's Department,

Good evening

This is a request under the FOI Act.

I would like to request all Ministerial submissions provided to the Attorney-General Dreyfus since their appointment as Attorney-General.

I request it in the following format:
Date of submission,
PDR number
Section of the Department

for assistance - FOI FA22/10/00553 on the Home Affairs Disclosure log is the format I am requesting.

Yours faithfully,

CB

FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

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FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

Good afternoon CB,

Thank you for your request on 24 October 2023 to the Attorney-General's Department (the department).

We understand your request to be for a list of all ministerial submissions provided by the department to the Attorney-General, the Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP, since his appointment on 1 June 2022.

We note that you have requested the list in the form exemplified in FOI FA22/10/00553 on the Home Affairs Disclosure Log.

We would be grateful if you would confirm as soon as possible that we have interpreted your request correctly, in order that we can proceed to process your request.

Kind regards
Rebekah
Freedom of Information & Privacy
Attorney-General’s Department
Phone: (02) 6141 6666 | Email: [AGD request email]

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Dear FOI Requests,

I confirm that the request have been interpreted correctly.

Yours sincerely,

CB

FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL
Dear applicant

I note in your request to the Attorney-General's department on 24 October 2023 you requested:

all Ministerial submissions provided to the Attorney-General Dreyfus since their appointment as Attorney-General.

I request it in the following format:
Date of submission,
PDR number
Section of the Department

Could you please confirm/advise whether you are also seeking the subject of the ministerial submission?

Regards.

Kellie
Freedom of Information & Privacy
Attorney-General’s Department
Phone: (02) 6141 6666 | |  Email: [AGD request email]
OFFICIAL

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Dear FOI Requests,

I confirm that I do want the subject of the Ministerial Submission.

Yours sincerely,

CB

FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Applicant

 

Freedom of Information Request FOI23/548

 

I refer to your request to the Attorney-General's Department (the
department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) for access
to documents.

 

Your request is for:

I would like to request all Ministerial submissions provided to the
Attorney-General Dreyfus since their appointment as Attorney-General.

 

I request it in the following format:

Date of submission,

Subject

PDR number

Section of the Department

 

for assistance - FOI FA22/10/00553 on the Home Affairs Disclosure log is
the format I am requesting

 

If you disagree with this interpretation of your request, please let me
know in writing as soon as possible.

 

The department received your request on 24 October 2023 and the 30 day
statutory period for processing your request commenced from the day after
that date. You should therefore expect a decision from us by 23 November
2023. However, the period of 30 days may be extended if the department
needs to consult third parties or for other reasons. We will advise you if
this happens.

 

The department's practice is to not disclose personal information of staff
of the department and other government authorities, where that information
is not publicly known or routinely disclosed (e.g. names of junior
officers and contact information). The names of senior officers will
generally be disclosed. In addition, duplicates and incomplete email
chains, internal administrative email addresses and metadata within the
scope of the FOI request will be excluded.

 

Please note that, with some exceptions (such as personal information),
documents released under the FOI Act may later be published online on the
department's disclosure log
[1]http://www.ag.gov.au/RightsAndProtection....

 

If you have any questions, please contact me by telephone on (02) 6141
6666 or by email to [2][AGD request email].

 

Kind regards.

 

Kellie

Freedom of Information & Privacy

Attorney-General’s Department

( Phone: (02) 6141 6666 | 8  Email:  [AGD request email]

 

 

OFFICIAL

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Act) and the Privacy Act 1988. We may collect your name, email address and
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complaint. If your request concerns accessing or correcting your personal
information, we will collect the minimum amount of evidence necessary to
verify your identity. We hold personal information in accordance with the
Privacy Act and our privacy policy. If you have an enquiry or complaint
about your privacy, please contact the Privacy Officer on 02 6141 6666 or
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FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL

 

Good afternoon applicant

 

Apologies for the additional email regarding the scope of your request
for:

 

I would like to request all Ministerial submissions provided to the
Attorney-General Dreyfus since their appointment as Attorney-General.

 

I request it in the following format:

Date of submission,

Subject

PDR number

Section of the Department

 

for assistance - FOI FA22/10/00553 on the Home Affairs Disclosure log is
the format I am requesting

 

Please confirm you agree to the exclusion of any ministerial submissions
from the department’s agencies - [1]Portfolio agencies |
Attorney-General's Department

 

Grateful for your earliest response.

 

With thanks.

 

Kellie

Freedom of Information & Privacy

Attorney-General’s Department

( Phone: (02) 6141 6666 | 8  Email:  [AGD request email]

 

 

OFFICIAL

The Attorney-General’s Department may collect your personal information
where it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to, our
functions, including those under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act) and the Privacy Act 1988. We may collect your name, email address and
telephone number so that we can contact you about your request or privacy
complaint. If your request concerns accessing or correcting your personal
information, we will collect the minimum amount of evidence necessary to
verify your identity. We hold personal information in accordance with the
Privacy Act and our privacy policy. If you have an enquiry or complaint
about your privacy, please contact the Privacy Officer on 02 6141 6666 or
via e-mail [email address]. 
If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately by
return email and delete all copies. If this email or any attachments have
been sent to you in error, that error does not constitute waiver of any
confidentiality, privilege or copyright in respect of information in the
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FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

Good morning CB

 

Freedom of Information Request FOI23/548 - Scope consultation

 

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act) received by the Attorney-General's Department on date for access to
documents. I understand your request to be for:

 

I would like to request all Ministerial submissions provided to the
Attorney-General Dreyfus since their appointment as Attorney-General.

 

I request it in the following format:

Date of submission,

Subject

PDR number

Section of the Department

 

for assistance - FOI FA22/10/00553 on the Home Affairs Disclosure log is
the format I am requesting

 

Consultation

The purpose of this email is to advise you that the terms of your request
in the current form is so broad and in such general terms that searches of
these terms will produce a large number of documents. The department
invites you to narrow the request. Given this, your request may
substantially and unreasonably divert the resources of this department
from its other operations due to its size and the broadness of its scope.

 

Before the department considers undertaking formal consultation with you
under s 24AB, the department would like to give you the opportunity to
consider the terms of your request. For example, you may consider revising
your request by one or more of the following ways:

 

o limiting the date range of the request (i.e. 12 months); or
o providing/specifying ministerial submissions relating to a certain
subject; or
o limiting ministerial submissions to Branch level ; or
o excluding ministerial submissions from the department’s agencies -
[1]Portfolio agencies | Attorney-General's Department

As stated above, general terms such as all correspondence, ministerial
submissions, reports, briefings and not limited to produce a large number
of results, which currently places a burden on the department in
processing the current scope of your request and may include material
which is of no interest you. Please provide your response to the
department as soon as possible but no later than 15 November 2023.

 

If you have any questions, please contact me by telephone on (02) 6141
6666 or by email to [2][AGD request email].

 

Kind regards.

 

Kellie

Freedom of Information & Privacy

Attorney-General’s Department

( Phone: (02) 6141 6666 | 8  Email:  [AGD request email]

 

From: FOI Requests <[AGD request email]>
Sent: Thursday, 2 November 2023 4:48 PM
To: CB <[FOI #10789 email]>
Cc: FOI Requests <[AGD request email]>
Subject: 2.11.23 - NO RESPONSE FROM APPLICANT - FOI23-548 - Confirming
exclusion of Attorney-General agencies from request [SEC=OFFICIAL]

 

OFFICIAL

 

Good afternoon applicant

 

Apologies for the additional email regarding the scope of your request
for:

 

I would like to request all Ministerial submissions provided to the
Attorney-General Dreyfus since their appointment as Attorney-General.

 

I request it in the following format:

Date of submission,

Subject

PDR number

Section of the Department

 

for assistance - FOI FA22/10/00553 on the Home Affairs Disclosure log is
the format I am requesting

 

Please confirm you agree to the exclusion of any ministerial submissions
from the department’s agencies - [3]Portfolio agencies |
Attorney-General's Department

 

Grateful for your earliest response.

 

With thanks.

 

Kellie

Freedom of Information & Privacy

Attorney-General’s Department

( Phone: (02) 6141 6666 | 8  Email:  [4][AGD request email]

 

 

OFFICIAL

The Attorney-General’s Department may collect your personal information
where it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to, our
functions, including those under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act) and the Privacy Act 1988. We may collect your name, email address and
telephone number so that we can contact you about your request or privacy
complaint. If your request concerns accessing or correcting your personal
information, we will collect the minimum amount of evidence necessary to
verify your identity. We hold personal information in accordance with the
Privacy Act and our privacy policy. If you have an enquiry or complaint
about your privacy, please contact the Privacy Officer on 02 6141 6666 or
via e-mail [email address]. 
If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately by
return email and delete all copies. If this email or any attachments have
been sent to you in error, that error does not constitute waiver of any
confidentiality, privilege or copyright in respect of information in the
email or attachments.

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Dear FOI Requests,

Thank you for your correspondence.

I am happy to narrow it from 1 June 2022 to 1 June 2023, which is a 12-month period.

Yours sincerely,

CB

FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

Thank you for your prompt response CB.

Could I also please seek your agreement to limit the results to Branch level rather than Section level of the department.

If you wish to proceed with Section level this will take considerable additional time to process your request.

I look forward to your response.

With thanks.

Kellie
Freedom of Information & Privacy
Attorney-General’s Department
 Phone: (02) 6141 6666 |  Email: [AGD request email]

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Dear FOI Requests,

Apologies - yes Branch level is fine.

Yours sincerely,

CB

FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

Dear CB

Thank you for your response.

The department confirms the scope of your FOI request to be for:

Ministerial submissions provided to the Attorney-General Dreyfus since their appointment as Attorney-General (1 June 2022 to 1 June 2023).

I request it in the following format:
Date of submission,
Subject
PDR number
Branch Level of the Department

for assistance - FOI FA22/10/00553 on the Home Affairs Disclosure log is the format I am requesting

Kind regards.

Kellie
Freedom of Information & Privacy
Attorney-General’s Department
 Phone: (02) 6141 6666 |  Email: [AGD request email]

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FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

Dear CB

 

Freedom of Information Request FOI23/548

 

I refer to your request to the Attorney-General's Department (the
department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) for access
to documents.

The purpose of my email is to seek your agreement to extend the processing
period for your request. Further information about this, including my
reasons for requesting an extension from you, has been set out below for
your consideration and response.  

 

Extension of Time Request

Under s 15AA of the FOI Act, an agency may extend the initial processing
period for dealing with a request by a further period of no more than 30
days if the applicant agrees in writing to the extension and the agency
gives written notice of the extension to the Information Commissioner as
soon as practicable after the agreement is made.

 

I would like to request your agreement to extend the processing period for
your request by 25 days. I am requesting this extension of time from you
to ensure the department has sufficient time to process and finalise your
request in accordance with the FOI Act. Please be assured that we are
working to process your request as quickly as possible however, due to the
volume and complex nature of your request, significant internal
consultation regarding potential disclosure of documents is required.

 

If you agree to the requested extension of 25 days, please let me know in
writing at your earliest convenience.

 

The department received your request on 23 October 2023 and the 30 day
statutory period for processing your request is currently 23 November
2023.

 

If you agree to the requested extension, the new due date will be 18
December 2023. However, the department will make every effort to provide a
decision to you as soon as possible.

 

Please note that if you agree to the extension, the department is required
to notify the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, including
your name and contact details.

 

If you have any questions, please contact me by telephone on (02) 6141
6666 or by email to [1][AGD request email].

 

Kind regards.

 

Kellie

Freedom of Information & Privacy

Attorney-General’s Department

( Phone: (02) 6141 6666 | 8  Email:  [AGD request email]

 

 

The Attorney-General’s Department may collect your personal information
where it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to, our
functions, including those under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act) and the Privacy Act 1988. We may collect your name, email address and
telephone number so that we can contact you about your request or privacy
complaint. If your request concerns accessing or correcting your personal
information, we will collect the minimum amount of evidence necessary to
verify your identity. We hold personal information in accordance with the
Privacy Act and our privacy policy. If you have an enquiry or complaint
about your privacy, please contact the Privacy Officer on 02 6141 6666 or
via e-mail [email address]. 
If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately by
return email and delete all copies. If this email or any attachments have
been sent to you in error, that error does not constitute waiver of any
confidentiality, privilege or copyright in respect of information in the
email or attachments.

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Dear FOI Requests,

Yes, I agree with the extension of time request.

Yours sincerely,

CB

Dear FOI Requests,

I am following up this request.

I understand there is still time to process, I just want to get an early sense on whether this date will be met or not, and if there is a requirement for additional time what is the proposed timeline the Department is requesting.

Yours sincerely,

CB

FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL
Good afternoon applicant

Thank you for your email.

Please be advised that the department is currently coordinating and pulling together the list for further assessment. As you can appreciate, this request has resulted in a large internal consultative exercise and has generated a comprehensive list which has been created under section 17 of the FOI Act.

Whilst it is still too early to confirm whether the statutory deadline of 18 December 2023 deadline will be met, I would be happy to provide you with a further update early next week. The department will be able to advise you whether a request for extension under section 15AB of the FOI Act to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner will be necessary in order to process your request.

Kind regards.

Kellie
Freedom of Information & Privacy
Attorney-General’s Department
A Phone: (02) 6141 6666 | |  Email: [AGD request email]
OFFICIAL

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FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL
Good afternoon CB

As you would now be aware, the department sought an extension of time from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) to process your request.

On 11 December2023, the OAIC advised they agreed to an extension of time under section 15AB of the FOI Act to 8 January 2023 to provide a decision.

FOI are still compiling a list with more than 1000+ ministerial submissions with feedback from the relevant departmental groups.

We will endeavour to provide you with a decision prior to the department's xmas shut down period but will advise you closer to this time if this is not possible.

Kind regards.

Kellie
Freedom of Information & Privacy
Attorney-General’s Department
A Phone: (02) 6141 6666 | |  Email: [AGD request email]
OFFICIAL

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OAIC - FOI DR,

4 Attachments

Our reference: RQ23/05952

Agency reference: FOI23/548

Attorney-General's Department

C B

Extension of time under s 15AC

Dear Parties,

Please find attached an extension of time decision relating to C B’s FOI
request with the Attorney-General's Department.

 

Regards,

 

[1][IMG]   Hannah Holswilder

Director, Freedom of Information Branch

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Adelaide | GPO Box 5288 Sydney NSW 2001

E [2][email address]
 
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FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL

 

Good morning CB

 

The purpose of this email is to seek your agreement to exclude ministerial
submission titles relating to case files such as the following:

 

o Extradition requests of individuals
o Parole considerations of individuals
o International transfers of prisoners
o Consents to prosecute….<insert individual name>
o Post sentence order applications/considerations for <insert individual
name>

 

If agreed, the department could provide a summary of the number of
ministerial submissions that were made regarding the above topics.

 

In addition to above, we also seek your agreement to exclude ministerial
submission titles relating to:

 

o Judicial appointments
o AAT appointments /reappointments
o Secretary Leave requests
o Settlement request - <insert party vs party>

 

Grateful for your consideration of the above and early reply.

 

With thanks.

 

Kellie

Freedom of Information & Privacy

Attorney-General’s Department

( Phone: (02) 6141 6666 | 8  Email:  [AGD request email]

 

 

OFFICIAL

The Attorney-General’s Department may collect your personal information
where it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to, our
functions, including those under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act) and the Privacy Act 1988. We may collect your name, email address and
telephone number so that we can contact you about your request or privacy
complaint. If your request concerns accessing or correcting your personal
information, we will collect the minimum amount of evidence necessary to
verify your identity. We hold personal information in accordance with the
Privacy Act and our privacy policy. If you have an enquiry or complaint
about your privacy, please contact the Privacy Officer on 02 6141 6666 or
via e-mail [email address]. 
If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately by
return email and delete all copies. If this email or any attachments have
been sent to you in error, that error does not constitute waiver of any
confidentiality, privilege or copyright in respect of information in the
email or attachments.

Dear Kellie

Can I ask the reasoning for the request to exclude the nine topics?
I would think that most topics raising the name of individuals would be covered by current existing exemptions of personal privacy.

For the judicial, and AAT appointments I do not believe it is necessary to remove these submissions as this is public information that is required to be made public that they have been appointed and for AAT members – reappointed.

On secretary leave requests, I am okay to have them exempted.

I am personally minded to allow the remainder to follow a similar format below, where possible I’ve included an example:

Parole consideration – crime of accused [name redacted]
Extradition request Country name should be included - I.e Extradition request to United Kingdom for [name redacted]
International transfers of prisoner - redaction of individual, but not the country the prisoner was requesting to go to or come from. i.e International transfer of prisoner from [redacted country] to Australia for [name redacted]
Consent to prosecute – [name redacted]
Post Sentence order apps/consideration: Post sentence order application/consideration for [name redacted]
Settlement request – party v party to be included.

Regards

Yours sincerely,

CB

FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL
Dear CB

Thank you for your response and agreement to exclude ministerial submission titles relating to Secretary Leave requests.

The rationale behind seeking exclusion of the topics outlined below is based on what will be released once relevant exemptions are applied (i.e. s 47F) That is, there will be little substance to the remainder of the ministerial submission title. For example, Parole consideration (redaction of name) or Post Sentence order application (redaction of name) etc etc.

As you so rightly outline - Judicial and AAT appointments/reappointments are already made public and therefore was the rationale behind seeking exclusion of these ministerial submissions.

I would be grateful if you might reconsider excluding those titles listed below.

I look forward to your response.

With thanks.

Kellie
Freedom of Information & Privacy
Attorney-General’s Department
A Phone: (02) 6141 6666 | |  Email: [AGD request email]
OFFICIAL

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Thanks Kellie

While I understand the reasons provided, I still think it is appropriate for the ministerial submission number to be public, and the creation date of them would be beneficial in the public arena.

As it has been seen in the recent media about certain post sentence arrangements and whether or not the Department/Attorney had done the work previously - I believe it is in the public interest for Australians to have access to that, even if the name of the individual is not public.

On the Judicial/ AAT appointments, I think it is still important for the public to be aware of when the appointment submissions were created within the department, and their number, and for those reasons do not believe they should be excluded either.

Yours sincerely,

CB

FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL
Thank you for your response.

Regards.

Kellie
Freedom of Information & Privacy
Attorney-General’s Department
A Phone: (02) 6141 6666 | |  Email: [AGD request email]
OFFICIAL

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FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL
Good morning CB

Further to my email of 12 December 2023, I am writing to advise and update you that a decision in relation to your request will be made in the New Year 2024.

Kind regards.

Kellie
Freedom of Information & Privacy
Attorney-General’s Department
A Phone: (02) 6141 6666 | |  Email: [AGD request email]
OFFICIAL

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FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL
 
Good Afternoon CB
I am writing to you to advise the department is required to undertake a
number of consultations on material captured within your request. The
consultations include other government agencies or third parties who may
reasonably wish to contend the material is exempt or conditionally exempt
and access would on balance, be contrary to the public interest. The
department is working to progress your request and will be applying for a
further extension of time of 21 days from the OAIC for time to undertake
this work and finalise your decision.
 
Sincerely
Joanna
 
Freedom of Information and Privacy
Attorney-General’s Department
T: (02) 6141 6666 | E: [1][AGD request email]
 
For information on how to make an FOI Request see
[2]https://www.ag.gov.au/rights-and-protect...
 
 

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OAIC - FOI DR,

4 Attachments

Dear Parties,

 

Further to my email of 11 January 2024, please see attached amended
decision letter which corrects an error at paragraph 9 of the previous
decision letter issued.

 

Kind regards,

 

[1][IMG]   Hannah Holswilder

Director, Freedom of Information Branch

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Adelaide | GPO Box 5288 Sydney NSW 2001

E [2][email address]
 
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Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and
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cultures and Elders past and present.  

 

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From: OAIC - FOI DR
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2024 9:54 AM
Subject: RQ24/00150 Extension of time under s 15AB FOI23/548

 

Our reference: RQ24/00150

Agency reference: FOI23/548

Attorney-General's Department

C B

Extension of time under s 15AB

Dear Parties,

Please find attached an extension of time decision relating to the above
referenced FOI request.

 

Regards,

 

[4][IMG]   Hannah Holswilder

Director, Freedom of Information Branch

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Adelaide | GPO Box 5288 Sydney NSW 2001

E [5][email address]
 
The OAIC acknowledges Traditional Custodians of Country across
Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and
communities. We pay our respect to First Nations people,
cultures and Elders past and present.  

 

[6]Subscribe to Information Matters

 

 

Notice:

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be confidential information, and may also be the subject of legal
professional privilege. If you are not the intended recipient any use,
disclosure or copying of this email is unauthorised. If you received this
email in error, please notify the sender by contacting the department's
switchboard on 1300 488 064 during business hours (8:30am - 5pm Canberra
time) and delete all copies of this transmission together with any
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OAIC - FOI DR,

4 Attachments

Our reference: RQ24/00150

Agency reference: FOI23/548

Attorney-General's Department

C B

Extension of time under s 15AB

Dear Parties,

Please find attached an extension of time decision relating to the above
referenced FOI request.

 

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Director, Freedom of Information Branch

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Adelaide | GPO Box 5288 Sydney NSW 2001

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FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Applicant

 

I am writing in relation to FOI23/548 to seek your agreement to a staged
approach to the release of documents, and to seek your support for a
section 15AC extension request to the Office of the Australian Information
Commissioner (OAIC).

 

The FOI Guidelines state at the following weblink that ‘where a request
relates to a large number of documents, it is open to an agency and
applicant to consult and agree on a staged approach to the release of the
documents’.
[1]https://www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-infor...

 

Given the volume of documents relating to this request and the significant
number of internal and external consultations required, the department
seeks your agreement to a staged release of documents in 2 tranches.

 

If you agree to this approach, subject to the decision maker’s final
decision, the department intends to release to you approximately 50% of
the material falling within the scope of this request, in tranche 1.

 

As you would be aware, this request was due on 15 January 2024.
Unfortunately, due to the volume of documents relating to this request,
the department was unable to finalise it within the statutory timeframe.
Please be assured that the department is continuing to actively process
your request and would appreciate if you would consider supporting the
department in seeking a 15AC extension of time request to the OAIC for a
period of 60 days to provide you with a final decision. This would take
the statutory due date to 15 March 2024.

 

On 5 January 2024, we advised you that a number of consultations with
identified parties are required in relation to your request – the above
extension of time would enable the department to finalise  necessary
consultations and collate feedback received in those processes. Where the
department disagrees with third parties’ contentions it would also enable
the department to further consult with the relevant parties before the 15
March 2024 deadline.

 

If you were to support the s 15AC extension of time request by the
department, we would propose releasing tranche 1 of the documents to you
by 9 February 2024 and releasing tranche 2 by 15 March 2024.

 

With apologies for the short time provided, the department would
appreciate your response to this email by COB 1 February 2024, given the
proposed due date for tranche 1 is approaching. Please let us know if you
require additional time to respond to this email. Alternatively, I’m more
than happy to discuss this with you by phone. I do not have your telephone
number so am unable to call you but you are welcome to reach me by
dialling 02 6141 6666 and requesting to be transferred through to me.

 

Many thanks

 

[Personal Information Redacted]

Freedom of Information and Privacy
Attorney-General’s Department

T: 02 6141 6666 | E: [2][AGD request email]

 

 

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Dear FOI Requests,

I will agree to the proposed approach of a staged release.

Yours sincerely,

CB

FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

Thank you for contacting the Freedom of Information (FOI) team at the
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FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIALOFFICIALOFFICIAL

 

 

 

Dear Applicant

 

Thank you for your email of 1 February 2024 in which you responded to the
department’s correspondence of 30 January 2024 and confirmed you were
agreeable to the staged release of documents for FOI request FOI23/548.

 

In my correspondence of 30 January 2024, I stated that the department
intends to release Tranche 1 of the material to you by 9 February 2024.
The purpose of this email is to inform you that the department will be
unable to release Tranche 1 by this date, however this matter remains a
priority for the department and we intend to provide it to you as soon as
possible.  

 

I am also writing to you today to discuss the department’s intention to
submit an extension of time request to the Office of the Australian
Information Commissioner under s 15AC of the FOI Act. Noting that you did
not comment on this in your correspondence of 1 February 2024, I’d be
grateful if you could please confirm whether you would support our
extension of time application, to extend the due date to the 15 March
2024.

 

I would appreciate your response to this email by 16 February 2024.

 

Many thanks

 

[Personal Information Redacted]

Freedom of Information and Privacy
Attorney-General’s Department

T: 02 6141 6666 | E: [1][AGD request email]

 

 

 

 

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Dear FOI Requests,

I realise that the message confirming this was not sent.

I can confirm the extension is allowed, and obviously it being past that date if a new extension is needed it can be considered further.

Yours sincerely,

CB

AGD FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Applicant

Thank you for your email. The department apologises for the delay in
getting this decision to you and thanks you for agreeing to support an
extension of time. While the department appreciates your support for a new
extension, the department is not intending to lodge a section 15AC
extension of time request to the Office of the Australian Information
Commissioner (OAIC) at this point in time. OAIC has advised that it will
only provide extensions of time in “exceptional circumstances” and our
recent experience has been that voluminous requests such as this one have
not met its threshold.

The department is continuing to process your request and at this stage
intends to finalise the decision by early May.

Kind regards

FOI Case Officer
Freedom of Information and Privacy
Attorney-General’s Department
T: 02 6141 6666 | E: [1][AGD request email]

 

 

 

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The Attorney-General’s Department may collect your personal information
where it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to, our
functions, including those under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act) and the Privacy Act 1988. We may collect your name, email address and
telephone number so that we can contact you about your request or privacy
complaint. If your request concerns accessing or correcting your personal
information, we will collect the minimum amount of evidence necessary to
verify your identity. We hold personal information in accordance with the
Privacy Act and our privacy policy. If you have an enquiry or complaint
about your privacy, please contact the Privacy Officer on 02 6141 6666 or
via e-mail [email address]. 
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Dear FOI Requests,

I refer to your last response to me dated 5 April 2024, in which you indicated that:

"The department apologises for the delay in getting this decision to you and thanks you for agreeing to support an extension of time. While the department appreciates your support for a new extension, the department is not intending to lodge a section 15AC extension of time request to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) at this point in time. OAIC has advised that it will only provide extensions of time in “exceptional circumstances” and our recent experience has been that voluminous requests such as this one have not met its threshold. The department is continuing to process your request and at this stage intends to finalise the decision by early May."

I wanted to follow up on my request and how the department is progressing with it, as it is now almost the end of May, and the response is now overdue. By law, under all circumstances, particularly since you opted against applying for a section 15AC extension of time request through the OAIC, I should have received a response by now.

Looking forward to hearing back from you soon.

Yours sincerely,
CB

AGD FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

Thank you for contacting the Freedom of Information (FOI) team at the
Attorney-General’s Department (the department). We get a high volume of
emails and FOI applications and work to respond as promptly as possible.
This email acknowledges your correspondence and provides some general
information in relation to FOI.  
Please note that we will only respond to emails about the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act). For information on how to make a
request under the FOI Act please refer to:
https://www.ag.gov.au/rights-and-protect....
For enquiries about other matters, please refer to:
https://www.ag.gov.au/about-us/connect-u...
The statutory processing time for FOI requests is 30 days, however this
may be extended if the department needs to consult third parties or for
other reasons. If you have submitted an FOI request, the department will
write to you again within 30 days of receiving your request. This
correspondence may: 
* seek further information from you to help us process your request, 
* provide you with a decision on your FOI request, or 
* discuss whether an extension of time is needed to process your request.
Please do not send duplicate emails as this may cause delays to processing
times.
This FOI inbox is monitored business hours Monday to Friday, excluding
public holidays.
You can expect our team to provide a helpful, respectful service and we
expect respectful engagement in return.
Under s 89L of the FOI Act, disrespectful, threatening or abusive language
may be an abuse of the access action process. If this happens, we may not
be able to help you or we might take steps to manage how we communicate
with you. 
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information in the e-mail or attachments.
If you have received this transmission in error please notify us
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waiver of any confidentiality, privilege or copyright in respect of
information in the e-mail or attachments.