Dear Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
I seek the following under FOI;
- A document that contains the position titles of officers who were non-ongoing or receiving high duties at any time in the last month
- The job advertisement or expression of interest used to appoint officers in non-ongoing positions or on higher duties.
FOI Reference: LEX2632
Dear Ms Brown
Re: Freedom of Information (FOI) Request
Thank you for your e-mail dated 14 September 2020 in which you seek access
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to:
“- A document that contains the position titles of officers who were
non-ongoing or receiving high duties at any time in the last month
- The job advertisement or expression of interest used to appoint officers
in non-ongoing positions or on higher duties.”
This e-mail sets out some information about how your request will be
processed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Searches are now being undertaken in relevant areas of the Department for
documents relevant to your request.
Scope of request:
If it emerges that the scope of your request is unclear or is too large
for processing, the Department will contact you to discuss re-scoping the
Timeframe for receiving our decision:
We received your request on 14 September 2020 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 14 October 2020.
The period of 30 days may be extended in certain circumstances. We will
advise you if any extension of time is required.
Please note that the Department issues charges for processing FOI
requests. We will advise you of these charges when we are in a position
to estimate the resources required to process your request.
Timing of release:
As the subject matter of your request will require DFAT to upload any
documents released to you to the Department’s FOI Disclosure Log, we take
this opportunity to advise you that the Department’s policy is to upload
documents to the disclosure log on the same day as the documents are
released to you.
Exclusion of officials’ names and contact details:
It is the Department’s policy to withhold the mobile numbers of all
government officials, and the names and contact details of government
officials not in the Senior Executive Service (SES) or equivalent. If you
require the mobile numbers of all government officials, or the names and
contact details of non-SES officials, please let us know at
[DFAT request email] so the decision-maker may consider; otherwise we will
take it that you agree to that information being excluded from the scope
of your request.
If we need to consult with other people or organisations regarding your
FOI request, we may need to disclose your personal information (e.g. your
name). When we consult it may be apparent that you have made a request,
even if we do not disclose your identity. Please let us know if you have
Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to
contact us by return e-mail at [DFAT request email]
DFAT FOI Team
Freedom of Information and Privacy Law Section
Legal Division | Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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