We don't know whether the most recent response to this request contains information or not – if you are Alex please sign in and let everyone know.

NSW 190 Invites 2020-21

We're waiting for Alex to read recent responses and update the status.

Dear Department of Home Affairs,

Please provide the the number of EOI’s that were issued an invitation to apply for a 190 Visa and nominated by NSW for the period between 01 July 2020 and 31 January 2021 for the following occupations (breaking down totals by occupation):

133211 Engineering Manager
134211 Medical Administrator
134212 Nursing Clinical Director
134214 Welfare Centre Manager
233911 Aeronautical Engineer
233913 Biomedical Engineer
233916 Naval Architect
233999 Engineering Professionals nec
254411 Nurse Practitioner
254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
254413 Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health)
254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
254417 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)
254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical)
254425 Registered Nurse (Paediatric)
254499 Registered Nurses nec
261111 ICT business Analyst
261112 Systems Analyst
261311 Analyst Programmer
261312 Developer Programmer
261313 Software Engineer
262112 ICT Security Specialist
263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer
312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
312312 Electrical Engineering Technician

Yours faithfully,
Alex

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

** This is an automated response. Please do not reply to this email **

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

show quoted sections

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL

In reply please quote:

FOI Request:       FA 21/02/00228

Good morning

Offer to Withdraw Freedom of Information Access Request

I refer to your correspondence of 31 January 2021 seeking access to
documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

Your request has been allocated the FOI reference number referred to
above. Please include your FOI reference number in all correspondence with
the Freedom of Information Section.

 

As you may be aware, earlier this year the Department launched a dashboard
on its SkillSelect website to provide visa Expression of Interest (EOI)
statistics.  The Department has undertaken a review of the SkillSelect
Dashboard to ensure that there is no reasonable chance of an individual
being re-identified from the EOI statistics. 

 

The dashboard is now available again and can be accessed via the
Department’s SkillSelect [1]web page and comprises a comprehensive library
of historic and current statistics in relation to Expressions of Interest
(EOIs).  The dashboard is a one-stop shop for SkillSelect EOI statistics
and is freely available on demand, without any need to formally request
the statistics and wait for such a request to be processed. Bypassing the
FOI process will significantly reduce delays in obtaining the same
information as has previously been provided in response to FOI requests.

 

As this information is now publically available, you may wish to withdraw
you FOI request.  If you do not advise the Department that you wish to
continue with this FOI request within 5 days of this email, your request
will be taken to have been withdrawn. 

 

Privacy

 

The Department’s handling of personal information is regulated by the
Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act).  Guidance published by the Office of
the Australian Information Commissioner is that information will be
de-identified, and therefore not subject to the protections in the Privacy
Act, where the risk of an individual being re-identified is very low. 
De-identification is not a fixed state. Rather, re-identification risks
and their controls require ongoing monitoring and review.

 

The Department’s view is that the current controls are appropriate to
reduce the risk that an individual can be re-identified from the
statistics accessible from the SkillSelect Dashboard to very low.

 

Contacting the FOI Section

 

Should you wish to discuss your request you may contact the FOI Section at
[2][Department of Home Affairs request email]

 

Yours sincerely,

 

FOI Officer

Freedom of Information Section

FOI and Records Management Branch | Data Division

Strategy & Law Enforcement Group

 

 

 

OFFICIAL

 

show quoted sections

Dear Department of Home Affairs,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Home Affairs's handling of my FOI request 'NSW 190 Invites 2020-21'.

The information requested is not accessible from the source/system you mention.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/n...

Yours faithfully,

Alex

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

** This is an automated response. Please do not reply to this email **

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

show quoted sections

FOI Reviews mailbox, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL

In reply please quote:

FOI request: FA 21/02/00228-R1

File number: ADF2020/61138

 

Dear Alex,

 

Invalid Freedom of Information internal review request

Thank you for your email requesting an Internal Review of your Freedom of
Information request FA 21/02/00228.

 

You have requested an internal review of an FOI access request which is
still within the statutory 30 day timeframe for decision. The due date for
your request is 02 March 2021.

 

As a substantive decision has not yet been made, the Department is unable
to conduct an internal review at this time. We have communicated your
request to the decision maker, for their awareness. 

 

I trust this information assists.

 

 

FOI Officer

FOI Section

FOI and Records Management Branch

Data Division

Strategy & Law Enforcement Group

Department of Home Affairs | [1]www.homeaffairs.gov.au

 

 

OFFICIAL

 

Important Notice: The content of this email is intended only for use by
the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. If you have received
this email by mistake, please advise the sender and delete the message and
attachments immediately.  This email, including attachments, may contain
confidential, sensitive, legally privileged and/or copyright information.
 

Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of this information
by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. 
The Department of Home Affairs and ABF respect your privacy and have
obligations under the Privacy Act 1988.  

Unsolicited commercial emails MUST NOT be sent to the originator of this
email.

References

Visible links
1. http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/

Dear FOI Reviews mailbox,

I see my request is now passed your due date. Is there any update on my request?

Yours sincerely,
Alex

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL

10 March 2021

 

Alex

BY EMAIL: [FOI #7045 email]

 

In reply please quote:

FOI Request:      FA 21/02/00228

File Number:       ADF2020/61138

Dear Alex,

Freedom of Information (FOI) request - Access Decision

On 31 January 2021, the Department of Home Affairs (the Department)
received a request for access to documents under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with a decision on your
request for access under the FOI Act.

 

Scope of request

You have requested access to the following documents:

 

The number of EOI’s that were issued an invitation to apply for a 190 Visa
and nominated by NSW for the period between 01 July 2020 and 31 January
2021 for the following occupations (breaking down totals by occupation):

 

133211 Engineering Manager

134211 Medical Administrator

134212 Nursing Clinical Director

134214 Welfare Centre Manager

233911 Aeronautical Engineer

233913 Biomedical Engineer

233916 Naval Architect

233999 Engineering Professionals nec

254411 Nurse Practitioner

254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)

254413 Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)

254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health)

254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)

254417 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)

254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)

254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)

254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative)

254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical)

254425 Registered Nurse (Paediatric)

254499 Registered Nurses nec

261111 ICT business Analyst

261112 Systems Analyst

261311 Analyst Programmer

261312 Developer Programmer

261313 Software Engineer

262112 ICT Security Specialist

263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer

312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

312312 Electrical Engineering Technician

 

1            Authority to make decision

I am an officer authorised under section 23 of the FOI Act to make
decisions in respect of requests to access document or to amend or
annotate records.

2            Relevant material

In reaching my decision I referred to the following:

·       the terms of your request

·       the document relevant to the request

·       the FOI Act

·       Guidelines published by the Office of the Information Commissioner
under section 93A of the FOI Act (the FOI Guidelines)

·       advice from Departmental officers with responsibility for matters
relating to the document to which you sought access

 

3            Document in scope of request

The Department has consulted with the relevant area of the business in
relation to the documents you have requested access to and finds no
relevant document holdings.

Searches

The Department does not hold an existing discrete document that contains
the data you are seeking.

The Department has considered whether it can extract this data in
accordance with section 17(1) of the FOI Act.

The obligation for retrieving or collating information stored in a
computer system arises if:

·       the Department could produce a written document containing the
information using a computer or other equipment that is ordinarily
available to the agency for retrieving or collating stored information,
and

·       producing a written document would not substantially and
unreasonably divert the resources of the agency from its other operations
(s17(2))

In Collection Point Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation the full bench of
the Federal Court decided that if a new computer program is required to be
written to produce the document then a computer is not being used in a
manner that is ordinarily available to the agency because an extraordinary
step is required to be taken (Collection Point Pty Ltd v Commissioner of
Taxation [2013] FCAFC 67 [20]).   

The Department’s ordinary use of computer systems includes measures to
provide the public with access to Expression of Interest (EOI) data. The
Department maintains a dashboard on its SkillSelect website to provide
regular updates on visa EOI statistics.

To compile the information you have requested into a discrete document
would require that additional and extraordinary measures be undertaken.
This is not what section 17 of the FOI Act requires. Section 17 only
requires a new document to be created when it is possible to do so using a
computer or other equipment to extract data.

The data you have requested is of a detail that cannot be reported on from
the Department’s computer systems.  Either the data is not collected to
that level of detail, or it is not possible to extract the data using a
computer system in a manner that is ordinarily available to it.

I am satisfied that the Department is not able to produce a written
document containing the information you seek in your request in a discrete
form using a computer or other equipment ordinarily available to it.

Having regard to your request and the types of document that may fall
within the scope of your request I am satisfied that the searches
conducted were extremely thorough and all reasonable steps have been taken
to locate any document relevant to your request.

4            Decision

Section 24A of the FOI Act provides that the Department may refuse a
request for access to a document if all reasonable steps have been taken
to find the document and the Department is satisfied that the document
does not exist.

I am satisfied that the Department has undertaken reasonable searches in
relation your request and that no documents were in the possession of the
Department on 19 February 2021 when your FOI request was received. As
such, I am refusing your request based on the application of section 24A
of the FOI Act.

5            Legislation

A copy of the FOI Act is available at
[1]https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C2.... If you are unable to
access the legislation through this website, please contact our office for
a copy.

6            Your Review Rights

Internal Review

If you disagree with this decision, you have the right to apply for an
internal review by the Department of this decision.  Any request for
internal review must be provided to the Department within 30 days of you
being notified of the decision.  Where possible please attach reasons why
you believe a review of the decision is necessary.  The internal review
will be carried out by an officer other than the original decision maker
and the Department must make a review decision within 30 days. 

Applications for review should be sent to:

By email to: [2][email address]

OR

By mail to:

Freedom of Information Section

Department of Home Affairs

PO Box 25

BELCONNEN   ACT  2617

Review by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

You may apply directly to the Office of the Australian Information
Commissioner (OAIC) for a review of this decision.  You must apply in
writing within 60 days of this notice.  For further information about
review rights and how to submit a request for a review to the OAIC, please
see Fact Sheet 12 "Freedom of information – Your review rights", available
online at
[3]https://www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-infor...

7            Making a Complaint

You may complain to the Australian Information Commissioner about action
taken by the Department in relation to your request.

Your enquiries to the Australian Information Commissioner can be directed
to:

Phone 1300 363 992 (local call charge)
Email  [4][email address]

There is no particular form required to make a complaint to the Australian
Information Commissioner. The request should be in writing and should set
out the grounds on which it is considered that the action taken in
relation to the request should be investigated and identify the Department
of Home Affairs as the relevant agency.

8            Contacting the FOI Section

Should you wish to discuss this decision, please do not hesitate to
contact the FOI Section at [5][Department of Home Affairs request email].  

 

 

Signed electronically

Position number 60081621

Authorised Decision Maker | Freedom of Information Section

FOI and Records Management Branch

Data Division | Strategy and Law Enforcement Group

Department of Home Affairs
OFFICIAL

 

Important Notice: The content of this email is intended only for use by
the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. If you have received
this email by mistake, please advise the sender and delete the message and
attachments immediately.  This email, including attachments, may contain
confidential, sensitive, legally privileged and/or copyright information.
 

Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of this information
by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. 
The Department of Home Affairs and ABF respect your privacy and have
obligations under the Privacy Act 1988.  

Unsolicited commercial emails MUST NOT be sent to the originator of this
email.

References

Visible links
1. https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C2...
2. mailto:foi.reviews@
3. https://www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-infor...
4. mailto:[email address]
5. mailto:[Department of Home Affairs request email]

FOI Reviews mailbox, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL

Dear Alex

 

Thank you for your email, and my apologies for the delay in responding.

 

I have discussed your case with the decision team, and they have advised
that the Department will be making a decision on your request by the end
of this week (Friday 12 March).

 

As the statutory due date for your request has now passed, the Department
is now 'deemed' to have refused your request under section 15AC of the FOI
Act (but retains an obligation to keep processing it). Because section
15AC now applies to your request, you have the right to seek Information
Commissioner review of the Department's deemed refused decision.  

 

More information about Information Commissioner review is available on the
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner website at
www.oaic.gov.au.

 

Regards,

 

Claire

FOI Officer, Reviews Team

Freedom of Information

FOI & Records Management Branch | Data Division

Strategy & Law Enforcement Group

Department of Home Affairs

E: [email address]

 

OFFICIAL

 

show quoted sections

FOI Reviews mailbox, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL

Dear Alex

Further to my previous email, I can see from our systems that the
Department has now made a decision on your request, so my advice to you
was somewhat out of date.

As the Department has now made a decision on your request, you are able to
seek Information Commissioner review of the substantive (actual) decision
on the request that the Department made today.

As I advised in my previous email, section 15AC of the FOI Act applied to
your request once the Department had not made a decision on it by its due
date. Although the Department has now made its substantive decision,
section 15AC still applies to your request. The effect of section 15AC of
the FOI Act is that you are unable to validly request an internal review
of the decision made today, but you can still seek Information
Commissioner review of that decision as I have advised above.

Regards,

Claire

FOI Officer, Reviews Team

Freedom of Information

FOI & Records Management Branch | Data Division

Strategy & Law Enforcement Group

Department of Home Affairs

E: [1][email address]

OFFICIAL

 

From: FOI Reviews mailbox
Sent: 10 March 2021 1:15 PM
To: 'Alex' <[FOI #7045 email]>
Subject: RE: Invalid Freedom of Information internal review request - FA
21/02/00228-R1 [SEC=OFFICIAL]

 

OFFICIAL

Dear Alex

 

Thank you for your email, and my apologies for the delay in responding.

 

I have discussed your case with the decision team, and they have advised
that the Department will be making a decision on your request by the end
of this week (Friday 12 March).

 

As the statutory due date for your request has now passed, the Department
is now 'deemed' to have refused your request under section 15AC of the FOI
Act (but retains an obligation to keep processing it). Because section
15AC now applies to your request, you have the right to seek Information
Commissioner review of the Department's deemed refused decision.  

 

More information about Information Commissioner review is available on the
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner website at
[2]www.oaic.gov.au.

 

Regards,

 

Claire

FOI Officer, Reviews Team

Freedom of Information

FOI & Records Management Branch | Data Division

Strategy & Law Enforcement Group

Department of Home Affairs

E: [3][email address]

 

OFFICIAL

 

show quoted sections

We don't know whether the most recent response to this request contains information or not – if you are Alex please sign in and let everyone know.