Number of approved citizens waiting for citizenship ceremony in the City of Greater Geelong area

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Dear Department of Home Affairs,

I would like to know how many approved citizens are waiting for their citizenship ceremony in the Greater Geelong area as at the 8th September 2022?

And what is the current waiting time for the people to be called for their ceremony after being successful at the citizenship test?

Yours faithfully,

Juliana Amorim

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 22/09/00534
File Number: OBJ2022/24072

Dear Juliana Amorim

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

This letter acknowledges that on 8 September 2022 the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) received your request to access documents held by the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act). This letter also provides important information about your request.

Scope of request

You have requested access to the following:

I would like to know how many approved citizens are waiting for their citizenship ceremony in the Greater Geelong area as at the 8th September 2022?

And what is the current waiting time for the people to be called for their ceremony after being successful at the citizenship test?

Your request has been allocated FOI request number FA 22/09/00534 . Please include your FOI request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of Information Section.

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Strategy and National Resilience Group
Department Of Home Affairs
E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]

Personal-Privacy
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FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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OFFICIAL

 

In reply please quote:

FOI Request: FA 22/09/00534

File Number: OBJ2022/24072 

 

Dear Juliana Amorim

 

I refer to your request to access documents under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act), which the Department of Home Affairs
(the Department) received on 8 September 2022.

 

As provided under section 29 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the
FOI Act) and the Freedom of Information (Charges) Regulations 1982 (the
Regulations), I have determined that payment is required for this request
to be processed.

 

Preliminary assessment of charges

 

I have assessed the work the Department would need to do to process your
request, taking into account the time that would be spent by the relevant
business areas in producing documents from the Department’s computer
systems under section 17 of the FOI Act and assessing the documents for
release. I have calculated the charge as follows:

 

Search and retrieval: (2 hours and 10 minutes @ $15 per hour) = $32.50

Decision making: No charge

(no charges are applied for the first five hours of decision-making)

 

Total: $32.50

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(oaic.gov.au)

 

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Please contact [5][Department of Home Affairs request email] if you have any questions about
this notice.

 

Yours sincerely

 

[signed electronically]

 

 

Kind Regards,

 

Joanne

Position Number: 60100057

Authorised Decision Maker

Department of Home Affairs

E:[6][Department of Home Affairs request email]

 

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Dear FOI,

I am just wondering how long more will I have to wait to get some response.

Yours sincerely,

Juliana Amorim

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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OFFICIAL

Hi Juliana,

Please see the below liable to pay charge notice and attached invoice that was sent to you on 30 September 2022. I have added the liable to pay charge notice again for you to view.

OFFICIAL

In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 22/09/00534
File Number: OBJ2022/24072

Dear Juliana Amorim

I refer to your request to access documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act), which the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) received on 8 September 2022.

As provided under section 29 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) and the Freedom of Information (Charges) Regulations 1982 (the Regulations), I have determined that payment is required for this request to be processed.

Preliminary assessment of charges

I have assessed the work the Department would need to do to process your request, taking into account the time that would be spent by the relevant business areas in producing documents from the Department’s computer systems under section 17 of the FOI Act and assessing the documents for release. I have calculated the charge as follows:

Search and retrieval: (2 hours and 10 minutes @ $15 per hour) = $32.50
Decision making: No charge
(no charges are applied for the first five hours of decision-making)

Total: $32.50
(charge has been rounded down to the nearest whole dollar amount)

Next steps

Within 30 days of this email you must:

• pay the deposit indicated in the attached invoice for your request to proceed, or
• write to the Department if you believe the charge has been wrongly assessed, should be reduced or not imposed, or
• withdraw your request to cancel the charge.

Your request will not be processed until you take one of these actions. Your request will be withdrawn if you do not take action with 30 days.

Option 1: Pay a deposit
The deposit payable for your request is $20.00.

Please note that by paying the deposit you are deemed to have accepted the charge and will be liable for the full amount once a final access decision has been made.

If the Department fails to make a decision on your request within the statutory time limit, your payment will be refunded.

Details of how to pay are contained in the attached invoice.

Option 2: Write to the Department to contend charges are incorrect or should be waived or reduced

You can contest the charge on the grounds that the charge was not properly calculated, or:

• that payment of the charge, or part of it, would cause you financial hardship
• that giving access to the documents is in the general public interest, or in the interest of a substantial section of the public.

This is not an exhaustive list and the Department may consider any other relevant matters.

Please set out your reasons as clearly as possible and provide supporting evidence.

The Department has a statutory timeframe of 30 days from the date of your response to make a decision to reduce or not impose a charge. You will be notified in writing of our decision.

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To withdraw your request, please send an email to [Department of Home Affairs request email] or reply to this email stating that you wish to withdraw the request.

Your request will be closed, and no charge incurred.

Timeframe for your response

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If you do not provide a written response within this timeframe your request will be deemed withdrawn under section 29(2) of the Act. No charges will be incurred.

Legislation and further information

A copy of the FOI Act is available at https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C2...

Information about how we calculate charges can be seen at: We consider your Freedom of Information request (homeaffairs.gov.au)

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner also provides information about charging at: What charges may apply? - Home (oaic.gov.au)

Contact

Please contact [Department of Home Affairs request email] if you have any questions about this notice.

Yours sincerely

[signed electronically]

Kind Regards,

Joanne
Position Number: 60100057
Authorised Decision Maker
Department of Home Affairs
E:[Department of Home Affairs request email]

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Dear FOI,

I have paid the said invoice on the 30/09 at 6:12pm

Yours sincerely,

Juliana Amorim

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

1 Attachment

OFFICIAL

Hi Juliana,

The Department has not received payment regarding the attached Invoice number - 1197632939 and Customer number - 20411.

Please supply a copy of your receipt showing the invoice number and customer number you used to make your payment and I will look I to it.

Kind Regards,

Joanne
Position Number: 60100057
Authorised Decision Maker
Department of Home Affairs
E:[Department of Home Affairs request email]

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Dear FOI,

Hi Joanne,

Thank you for your reply. How do I send the copy of my receipt? I can’t find an attachment option.

Yours sincerely,

Juliana Amorim

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL

Hi Juliana,

I'm not sure of the email system you are using or can provide a solution.
Please forward proof of payment when a solution is reached.

Kind Regards,

Joanne
Position Number: 60100057
Authorised Decision Maker
Department of Home Affairs
E:[Department of Home Affairs request email]

OFFICIAL

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FOI, Department of Home Affairs

3 Attachments

OFFICIAL

Dear Juliana Amorim,

 

Per our previous advice of 30 September 2022, we have not received a
response from you in respect to the payment of charges. As such, this
request is now closed as it has been deemed to have been withdrawn under
section 29(2) of the Act.

 

 

Kind Regards,

 

Joanne

Position Number: 60100057

Authorised Decision Maker

Department of Home Affairs

E:[1][Department of Home Affairs request email]

 

 

OFFICIAL

 

 

From: FOI
Sent: Friday, 30 September 2022 6:04 PM
To: '[FOI #9358 email]'
<[FOI #9358 email]>
Subject: FOI Request FA 22-09-00534- Liable to pay charge notice
[SEC=OFFICIAL]

 

OFFICIAL

 

In reply please quote:

FOI Request: FA 22/09/00534

File Number: OBJ2022/24072 

 

Dear Juliana Amorim

 

I refer to your request to access documents under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act), which the Department of Home Affairs
(the Department) received on 8 September 2022.

 

As provided under section 29 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the
FOI Act) and the Freedom of Information (Charges) Regulations 1982 (the
Regulations), I have determined that payment is required for this request
to be processed.

 

Preliminary assessment of charges

 

I have assessed the work the Department would need to do to process your
request, taking into account the time that would be spent by the relevant
business areas in producing documents from the Department’s computer
systems under section 17 of the FOI Act and assessing the documents for
release. I have calculated the charge as follows:

 

Search and retrieval: (2 hours and 10 minutes @ $15 per hour) = $32.50

Decision making: No charge

(no charges are applied for the first five hours of decision-making)

 

Total: $32.50

(charge has been rounded down to the nearest whole dollar amount)

 

Next steps

 

 

Within 30 days of this email you must:

 

•      pay the deposit indicated in the attached invoice for your request
to proceed, or

•      write to the Department if you believe the charge has been wrongly
assessed, should be reduced or not imposed, or

•      withdraw your request to cancel the charge.

 

Your request will not be processed until you take one of these actions.
Your request will be withdrawn if you do not take action with 30 days.

 

 

Option 1: Pay a deposit

The deposit payable for your request is $20.00.

 

 

Please note that by paying the deposit you are deemed to have accepted the
charge and will be liable for the full amount once a final access decision
has been made.

 

If the Department fails to make a decision on your request within the
statutory time limit, your payment will be refunded.

 

Details of how to pay are contained in the attached invoice.

 

Option 2: Write to the Department to contend charges are incorrect or
should be waived or reduced

 

You can contest the charge on the grounds that the charge was not properly
calculated, or:

 

•       that payment of the charge, or part of it, would cause you
financial hardship

•       that giving access to the documents is in the general public
interest, or in the interest of a substantial section of the public.

 

This is not an exhaustive list and the Department may consider any other
relevant matters.

 

Please set out your reasons as clearly as possible and provide supporting
evidence.

 

The Department has a statutory timeframe of 30 days from the date of your
response to make a decision to reduce or not impose a charge. You will be
notified in writing of our decision.

 

Option 3: Withdraw your request

 

To withdraw your request, please send an email to
[2][Department of Home Affairs request email] or reply to this email stating that you wish to
withdraw the request.

 

Your request will be closed, and no charge incurred.

 

Timeframe for your response

 

You must respond to this notice within 30 days, which is by Monday, 31
October 2022.

 

If you do not provide a written response within this timeframe your
request will be deemed withdrawn under section 29(2) of the Act. No
charges will be incurred.

 

Legislation and further information

 

A copy of the FOI Act is available at
[3]https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C2...

 

Information about how we calculate charges can be seen at: [4]We consider
your Freedom of Information request (homeaffairs.gov.au)

 

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner also provides
information about charging at: [5]What charges may apply? - Home
(oaic.gov.au)

 

Contact

 

Please contact [6][Department of Home Affairs request email] if you have any questions about
this notice.

 

Yours sincerely

 

[signed electronically]

 

 

Kind Regards,

 

Joanne

Position Number: 60100057

Authorised Decision Maker

Department of Home Affairs

E:[7][Department of Home Affairs request email]

 

OFFICIAL

 

 

Important Notice: The content of this email is intended only for use by
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obligations under the Privacy Act 1988.  

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