New visa risk assessment digital capability

Asher Hirsch made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Home Affairs

The request was refused by Department of Home Affairs.

From: Asher Hirsch

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Dear Department of Immigration and Border Protection,

During Senate Estimates on 27 February 2017, the Department outlined it's new visa risk assessment digital capability. In particular, the Senate Estimates report notes that:

The department provided an update on its new visa risk assessment digital
capability, an analytics intelligence program that uses 'predictive analytics,
parameters, profiling [and] algorithms' to consolidate and analyse data in order to
assess risk across entire visa classes. At a cost of $100 million, it is anticipated that the
program will be rolled out in a pilot form this year to assess risks against selected visa
categories.

Under the FOI Act, I request all documents related to this new visa risk assessment digital
capability, the analytics intelligence program, and the pilot that will be rolled out this year.

Yours faithfully,

Asher Hirsch

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Dear Asher HIRSCH

 

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Dear Mr Hirsch

 

This email refers to your FOI request received on 24 July 2017 seeking
access to:

 

"During Senate Estimates on 27 February 2017, the Department outlined it's
new visa

risk assessment digital capability. In particular, the Senate Estimates
report notes

that:

The department provided an update on its new visa risk assessment digital
capability,

an analytics intelligence program that uses 'predictive analytics,
parameters, profiling

[and] algorithms' to consolidate and analyse data in order to assess risk
across entire

visa classes. At a cost of $100 million, it is anticipated that the
program will be rolled

out in a pilot form this year to assess risks against selected visa
categories.

I request all documents related to this new visa risk assessment digital
capability, the

analytics intelligence program, and the pilot that will be rolled out this
year.."

 

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the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) that I consider a practical
refusal reason exists under s.24AA of the FOI Act in relation to your
request. I have set out my reasons and the actions required by you (to
consult on the scope of your request) in the attached notice. 

 

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Yours Sincerely

 

 

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From: Asher Hirsch

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Dear FOI,

I would like to amend my request to the following:

"During Senate Estimates on 27 February 2017, the Department outlined it's new visa
risk assessment digital capability. In particular, the Senate Estimates report notes
that:

The department provided an update on its new visa risk assessment digital capability,
an analytics intelligence program that uses 'predictive analytics, parameters, profiling
[and] algorithms' to consolidate and analyse data in order to assess risk across entire
visa classes. At a cost of $100 million, it is anticipated that the program will be rolled
out in a pilot form this year to assess risks against selected visa categories.

I request reports and briefings to various sources relating to the Visa Risk Assessment digital capability. I am not requesting documents relating to the entire visa risk assessment, but only the new digital capability pilot due to be rolled out this year, as outlined during Senate Estimates above. That includes reports and briefings regarding "predictive analytics, parameters, profiling [and] algorithms."

Yours sincerely,

Asher Hirsch

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Dear Mr Hirsch

Thank you for the revised scope of your FOI request below.

I have recommenced processing your request accordingly.

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Dear Mr Hirsch

 

I refer to your request for access to documents relating to:

 

"During Senate Estimates on 27 February 2017, the Department outlined it's
new visa risk assessment digital capability. In particular, the Senate
Estimates report notes

that:

 

The department provided an update on its new visa risk assessment digital
capability, an analytics intelligence program that uses 'predictive
analytics, parameters, profiling [and] algorithms' to consolidate and
analyse data in order to assess risk across entire visa classes. At a cost
of $100 million, it is anticipated that the program will be rolled out in
a pilot form this year to assess risks against selected visa categories.

 

I request reports and briefings to various sources relating to the Visa
Risk Assessment digital capability. I am not requesting documents relating
to the entire visa risk assessment, but only the new digital capability
pilot due to be rolled out this year, as outlined during Senate Estimates
above. That includes reports and briefings regarding "predictive
analytics, parameters, profiling [and] algorithms."

 

 

The current due date for your request is 31 August 2017. 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 s.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 30 September 2017.

 

It would assist the Department in managing its FOI caseload if you could
provide a response to this request by close of business, 22 August 2017.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

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Services Division

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Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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From: Asher Hirsch

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Dear FOI,

I accept the request to extend the timeframe for the processing of this request by 30 days.

I note this would extend the due date to 30 September 2017.

Yours sincerely,

Asher Hirsch

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Dear Mr Hirsch,

 

I refer to your FOI request received on 24 Jul 2017, seeking access to the
following:

 

During Senate Estimates on 27 February 2017, the Department outlined it's
new visa risk assessment digital capability. In particular, the Senate
Estimates report notes that:

The department provided an update on its new visa risk assessment digital
capability, an analytics intelligence program that uses 'predictive
analytics, parameters, profiling [and] algorithms' to consolidate and
analyse data in order to assess risk across entire visa classes. At a cost
of $100 million, it is anticipated that the program will be rolled out in
a pilot form this year to assess risks against selected visa categories.

I request all documents related to this new visa risk assessment digital
capability, the analytics intelligence program, and the pilot that will be
rolled out this year.

 

The Department has made a decision on this request. Please see attached
the signed decision record.

 

This request has now been closed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Freedom of Information Officer | Freedom of Information Section

Freedom of Information, Privacy and Records Management Branch | Corporate
Services Division

Corporate Group

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

E: [DIBP request email] 

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